On the other hand, half think we still need more research. “The ADA must respond only to true science,” one dentist declared.
BPA, an ingredient in some dental sealants and dental composites, has been getting a lot of bad press… this could be a serious dental management issue for cosmetic dentistry in the not-too-distant future.
When asked if the ADA should take a stand against dental bisphenol A, here’s what dentists had to say:
- “The ADA should conduct a thorough Scientific Study so we do not have another ‘amalgam controversy.'” (Kentucky dentist)
- “Whatever the studies show, the ADA needs to get that PR out to the public… If we say nothing, then the only voice the public hears will be other voices.” (General dentist)
- “Look into this more fairly before alarming everyone, perhaps unnecessarily.” (New York dentist)
- “I think that we need all appropriate in vivo experimental and clinical studies in order for the proper authorities to rule one way or the other.”
- “BPA is linked to female issues. We need to be preemptive, even if there is a doubt. What are they waiting for, a return to amalgams?” (Michigan dentist)
- “I have a one year old and we make sure never to have him use bottles or other items made of BPA. Most companies that produce products placed in babies mouths are removing BPA from them (bottles, pacifiers, etc). Therefore, why should dentists continue to use dental sealants with BPA? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.” (Ohio prosthodontist)
- “It is my understanding that BPA itself is not an ingredient in composite materials, but bis-GMA, which is made from BPA. The amount of unconverted BPA in dental materials is almost undetectable and has not been shown to be a health threat. There is also no better alternative material for long-term restoration of the dentition.”