Thursday, September 9, 2010

BPA in Pediatric Dental Materials

The Office Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics published an article this week about the increasing use of pediatric sealant and filling materials containing bisphenol A (BPA). Read the full article here. BPA is a chemical of concern because it's an endocrine disruptor and has estrogen mimicking properties.  My friend (a dentist and mother of an adorable one year old) sent me an eGram from the American Dental Association with the ADA recommendations in light of this report. (You can read the eGram here.)

Both the AAP and ADA recommend the continued use of the dental materials.  The AAP article concludes: "On the basis of the proven benefits of resin-based dental materials and the brevity of BPA exposure, we recommend continued use with strict adherence to precautionary application techniques. Use of these materials should be minimized during pregnancy whenever possible. Manufacturers should be required to report complete information on the chemical composition of dental products and encouraged to develop materials with less estrogenic potential. "

You can read more about why my family avoids BPA here. New York passed a BPA-free Children's and Babies Act last month. What's going on in your state?

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