All of us at Alamo Springs Dental are concerned about the health of our patients. And not just oral health, but overall health, as well. That’s why we pay close attention to the materials we use in the office and that go into your mouth. This is especially important with our pediatric patients, whose body’s can react differently than adults to a wide variety of substances. One of those substances is Bisphenol A, or BPA. Therefore, the dentist for Stillwater Ranch only uses BPA-free dental sealants to protect your children’s teeth and their general health.
The Background on BPA
In 2008, BPA made headlines when possible health risks were announced. What is BPA? Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical that is used to harden plastic. And because plastic is pervasive in our lives today, you could find BPA in water bottles, sippy cups, baby bottles, the lining of canned foods and beverages, CDs, medical devices and many other product categories. In fact, researchers estimate that more than 90 percent of us have some amount of BPA in our bodies.
BPA Health Risks
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) used to say that BPA was safe. However in 2010, the FDA changed its position. Although current levels of BPA may be safe for adults, there is “some concern” about the health effects of BPA on the developing brain and behavior of fetuses, babies and young children.
BPA-Free Dental Sealants
To ensure the good health of your children, the family dentist for Stillwater Ranch only uses BPA-free dental sealants. What are dental sealants? They are hard coatings that provide a barrier between tooth enamel and the acids that can lead to cavities. Bacteria in your child’s mouth—and in your mouth, too—feed on the sugars that are in so many foods we eat. These bacteria excrete acids that can erode tooth enamel and cause a cavity. And because children may not always be the best brushers—and because their molars are so deeply grooved and pitted—dental sealants are an excellent preventive measure. They are easily applied, too, during one of your child’s regular dental checkups. The hygienist simply “paints” the sealant on your child’s molars and the solution is quickly dried with a curing light.
Call the Dentist for Stillwater Ranch Today
If you would like more information about BPA and other ways that you can help eliminate it from your children’s bodies’, contact Alamo Springs Dental. Your good health is our goal!