Risks and Benefits
The risks of the BPA present in some dental sealants are uncertain, but the benefits of sealants are much more clear. Most Americans are regularly exposed to BPA, but not from tooth sealant they may have received. As quoted by the ADA, the U.S. National Toxicology Program explains that most exposure to BPA comes from food and drink packaging, rather than dental products. The ADA also echoes this program in that BPA exposure from tooth sealant carries no known threat to a person's health, at least in the amounts held by a dental restoration.
Children should always brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste – using products like Colgate® Monster High™ Mild Bubble Fruit® to make it fun – and floss once a day for the in-between protection, but dental sealants still play an important role in protecting the pits and fissures of their back molars. Dentists have used sealants for many years to effectively reduce cavities in these areas. The ADA quotes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in reporting that among children ages six to 19, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease, causing toothache, dysfunction, poor facial appearance and the spread of infection.
Parents naturally want to protect their children from known and unknown dangers, and only they can decide on such an important issue related to their child's health. Looking at the evidence and the advice given by reputable organizations in the dental community can help you make the right choice for your family.