BPA (Bisphenol A) is a chemical compound used to make many plastic products. It has been used unwittingly in the manufacture of many brands of plastic cups, food containers and even baby bottles. Recent awareness is focused on the exposure to BPA as it may relate to health problems in humans, particularly problems with reproduction and development. As a result, Europe has prohibited the manufacturing or sale of baby bottles containing BPA. As a cautionary measure, a number of BPA-free products have been developed to replace those that were previously assumed to be safe. Now there is concern about exposure to BPA and the possible negative effects on dental health.
A recent 2013 study published in the American Journal of Pathology, suggests that exposure to BPA may harm the enamel of children’s teeth. The study looked at the effect of low levels of daily exposure to BPA on the tooth enamel of molar incisors of rats. Analysis of the teeth showed numerous characteristics that are common with a tooth enamel pathology that selectively affects first molars and permanent incisors. This condition known as MIH (Molar Incisor Hypomineralization), affects approximately 18% of children between the ages of six and eight.
Clearly, more research is needed on this very important oral health issue. However, to err on the side of caution, we recommend purchasing BPA free products. If you have questions about BPA exposure and your dental health, feel free to give us a call or email.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
- what the heck is BPA? (thefitchronicles.com)