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Remember BPA, that chemical in plastic that made moms everywhere rush out and buy glass baby bottles? Well, it’s in the news again. Apparantly, researchers found that it can be created when the resins in dental sealants and fillings mix with human saliva. Now the scary part: The chemical, bisphenol A, can negatively affect fetuses’ brains, behavior and prostate glands, according to the FDA.
But whether pregnant women should go to the dentist seems like it’s still up for debate. Cleanings are safe -- and often encouraged. And some dentists say if it’s urgent, you shouldn’t hold off on getting serious work done. But others say the small risk of BPA seeping into your body is just not worth the risk.
Like anything, it’s always best to talk with your obstetrician to help make the right decision for you. And if you do go to the dentist and need fillings or sealants, find out exactly what they're made of before giving the go-ahead. There are ways dentists can decrease the likelihood of being exposed to BPA, such as using rubber “dams” that isolate the tooth being worked on (hence, preventing resins from mixing with saliva).
Does this news affect your decision to go to the dentist during pregnancy? Chime in below!