ASK DR. GERI
“Do dental sealants contain BPAs? Are they safe for my child?”
Dental sealants are effective in preventing cavities on the biting surfaces of primary and permanent molars in children and adolescents. According to the ADA (American Dental Association), sealants on permanent molars reduce the risk of cavities by 80%.
Although dental materials used to treat and prevent tooth decay can contribute to very low level BPA exposure for a few hours after placement, based on current evidence, there is no health concern about this exposure.
In order to reduce the amount of trace levels of BPA immediately after sealant placement, dentists can remove the surface layer of the sealants with pumice (a mild abrasive).
As you can see from the chart below, the level of BPA exposure is minimal compared to many things in our daily lives.
Overall, the benefits of sealants to prevent cavities far outweigh any associated risks. Even though dental sealants are safe, if parents still have concerns, they can request BPA-free material when taking their child to the dentist.