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Are Dental Sealants Safe for Kids?

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A dental sealant is a protective, thin layer applied to the molars’ and premolars’ chewing surfaces. The primary purpose of sealants is to create a barrier, shielding the teeth from decay-causing bacteria and acids.

Parents often have concerns about the safety of dental sealants for their kids as it contains BPA. Let’s answer the big question and put their worries to rest:

Composition of Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are completely SAFE for kids!

They are composed of a plastic-like material, usually a type of resin. The most common type is a light-cured or self-cured resin that bonds directly to the tooth’s surface. Some sealants may contain trace amounts of BPA (Bisphenol A), a chemical used in certain plastics.

While concerns about BPA have been raised in various contexts of dentistry for children, the American Dental Association (ADA) asserts that BPA exposure from dental sealants is minimal, more so than the BPA we breathe in through the air, and poses no known health risk.

Safety Studies and Research

Extensive research has been conducted to assess the safety and efficacy of dental sealants, particularly in pediatric dentistry. According to a systematic review published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, dental sealants have been proven to be a safe and effective preventive measure against cavities in children.

The review examined various studies and clinical trials, concluding that the benefits of sealants in preventing tooth decay far outweigh any potential risks. Additionally, kids’ dentists, the ADA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorse the use of dental sealants as a valuable tool in preventing cavities, particularly in at-risk populations.

In conclusion, dental sealants are a safe and effective preventive measure for children at risk of developing cavities. Parents can make informed decisions by consulting with their child’s dentist, understanding the application process, and staying proactive in their child’s oral health care routine.

Ready to take the plunge into a world of healthy smiles? Schedule your little one’s first dental appointment with Firestone Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Schedule your appointment here or call 303-848-3633.

See you at the children’s dentist office – where smiles begin!

Posted on Mar 11, 2024
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