What Are the Risks and Benefits?
School-age children between the ages of 6 to 11 without tooth sealants have three times more cavities in the first molar than kids with sealants. Untreated cavities can cause pain and problems with eating, sleeping, and talking.
While BPA shouldn’t negatively affect your child’s health, your dentist is the right person to ask if you have any questions about any risks associated with BPA or if it’s possible to use a BPA-free dental sealant.
Brushing twice a day and flossing daily is a great way to prevent cavities in your kids, but it’s not easy to ensure they clean every nook and crevice between and around their teeth. This is especially true when it comes to the biting surfaces of the teeth, which contain grooves, also known as pits and fissures. That’s where dental sealants come in handy. They act as raincoats for the biting surfaces of your child’s teeth, giving them a protective layer. While the presence of BPA in tooth sealants might cause you to hesitate, we hope that now that you have more information about the chemical, you’ll feel confident about the decision you make for your child!