Dental Fillings Tied to Behavior Problems in Children
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A study published the latest issue of Pediatrics links BPA used in some dental fillings with an increase in behavior problems among kids.


(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons )   BY NICHOLE CARTMELL ANCHOR LAUREN GORES Children getting the most common type of dental filling may be getting exposed to a controversial chemical. A new study links dental fillings made with BPA — a plastic chemical — to behavioral problems in children. Here’s Good Morning America with the details . “A new study shows children with the highest exposure to BPA, base fillings, were more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression and those with silver films.” The study followed hundreds of children over five years and found a small but significant difference on behavior tests for kids with the BPA-based fillings. And the more fillings the child had, the more behavior problems. But KOAM reports this is still just a preliminary finding. “... researchers stress that more study is needed and that it's still unclear just how much BPA if any is in the fillings and whether any is getting into the body.” This isn’t the first time BPA has caused controversy. Health advocates have lobbied against the chemical for years, and Tuesday the Food and Drug Administration banned use of the chemical in baby bottles. CBS lists some of the adverse effects . “BPA has been tied to health risks to the reproductive and nervous systems in babies and small children and have been shown to raise risk for cancer and other diseases found in animal studies. Estimates suggest 90 percent of Americans have BPA traces in their body because it's found in bottles, cans and other food containers.” Cavities can also be filled with a silver-colored amalgam filling, but those have become less popular in recent decades. A pediatric dentist tells US News and World Report the new study makes it tougher for parents to weigh their options. “Composite fillings, including the kind made from BPA, became the mainstay for treating children's cavities in the mid-90s because they were thought to be safer than mercury-containing amalgam fillings and they looked more natural. ‘This study raises enough concern about the alternative of amalgam to revisit the value of amalgam.’ Dental researchers are quick to say neither kind of filling is more dangerous than an untreated cavity. The best solution is to avoid cavities altogether with good dental hygiene.