Last week, at the Dentistry for Children blog, we opened the topic of dental sealants again for the first time since our initial article on the subject several months ago. As we promised at the end of that article, this week we are bringing you more information concerning BPA in dental sealants and your child’s safety.
We want to put your fears at rest if you are worried about a few controversial articles in the popular press about the chemical, BPA in dental sealants. In fact, nothing concerns us more than your child’s safety and health.
Thus, this article is essentially Part Two of BPA, Dental Sealant and Tooth Decay. You might want to review Part I before you continue reading. With the important information outlined below, it is our aim to assure you of one basic fact: the application of dental sealant at Dentistry for Children is absolutely safe and healthy for your child.
A Primer of our Basic Safety Standards with Dental Sealants at Dentistry for Children in Orlando
Dental sealants are meticulously applied by Dr. Troy King at Dentistry for Children in Orlando. He knows that only a few months ago, a 2016 the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) met together. Thier shared goal was to created a special clinical practice guideline for BPA and Dental Sealants.
A. They conducted a systematic review of the scientific studies regarding BPA and Dental Sealants before recommending them to seal pits and fissures in teeth.
B. They resolved that “sealants are effective in preventing and arresting pit-and-fissure occlusal caries lesions of primary and permanent molars in children and adolescents compared to the non-use of sealants or use of fluoride varnishes.”
Basically, this means a sealant can protect children’s teeth from bacterial infection at the very beginning of decay. We are happy to say this protection can happen long before a tiny pit becomes a painful, gaping cavity.
C. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry concluded that the dental sealants “minimize the progression of non-cavitated occlusal caries lesions (also referred to as initial lesions) of the tooth that received the sealant.” To put it simply, these protective sealants nip caries (tooth decay) in the bud before serious damage can be done to a baby tooth, or the permanent tooth it protects.
The Whole BPA Sealant Story in a Tooth-Shell!
Normally, people use the expression “in a nutshell,” when they summarize material for readers. We thought it would be vastly more appropriate and a little witty to put this story metaphorically in a tooth-shell!
So, all levity aside, here are the steps we take to guard your child’s safety from BPA exposure and yet reap the benefits from dental sealant protection.
A. Safety in Application: When Dr. Troy King uses dental sealant, he and his staff make every effort to minimize BPA exposure. A critical time for this care is immediately following the placement of the sealant on the surface of the tooth. The procedure involves meticulous and accurate application. Keep in mind we always allow sufficient time to gently, precisely and accurately place the sealant.
B. Safety in the Curing Process: We dry and cure the dental sealant with utmost care. Therefore, our curing light is always checked for proper function. Drying the area around the teeth and appropriately applying the sealant to the tooth or teeth is critical to safety. Likewise, the curing light must properly used.
C. Safety in the Details: Some dentists might have assumed that all manufacturers pack the same instructions for their sealant and timing. This is not always true. Depending on the manufacturer, directions for the sealant and timing for curing might vary. (Curing is sort of a super-duper-drying or hardening step in the procedure, but the younger children think it might be Dr. King’s light sabre. We have no idea where they got that idea!)
Thus we fully read and carefully research every single product we use in our dental practice. We follow manufacturer’s specific directions with extra attention and care.
D. At Dentistry for Children, we consistently use precautions to reduce the possibility of unpolymerized BPA remaining on the surface of the teeth. For example, using suction, water and air, we wash the surface of the sealant and gently remove fluids and debris from a patient’s mouth.
E. Safety in Timing: After the sealant has cured, we actually watch to make certain our patients who are old enough, rinse completely with water.
F. Safety in Education: We discourage the chewing of sugary-sticky style candy that adheres to teeth and might damage the protective coating of sealant.
BPA in Dental Safety: Safety is The Final Word
Once again, dental sealant, when properly used is far from being dangerous. This treatment empowers you to save your child from pain. We sincerely hope you will give your child the gift of his (or her) own great smile with this treatment. Did we mention that it is also much cheaper than the dental problems that can be caused by advanced decay?
Thus, we know that when dental sealants are utilized properly, the carefully guarded moments of BPA exposure are at minimal levels. Once again we recommend you down load a chart “Sealants are Safe,” from the ADA. You are welcome to post it to for your Facebook page.
Thank you for reading our blog, and we hope you will return regularly for news you can use from the world of pediatric dentistry.