Just when the Bisphenol A in baby bottles controversy was
looking settled, a new health concern has been raised in the form of dental
fillings. Many dentists use materials that contain BPA as a sealant and
questions are being raised about the viability of these materials.
Last week the Canadian federal government announced that
it would be banning the use of bisphenol A in plastic baby bottles as the
chemical has been linked to early puberty in girls, breast and prostate cancer,
and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.
Darryl Smith, the outgoing president of the Canadian
Dental Association said BPA in fillings was very small and could not cause any
health issues in that quantity. Health Canada has revealed that at the moment
there is no hazard posed by BPA fillings.
Freeman, policy director at Environmental Defence is not convinced saying there
are plenty of studies to illustrate the problem of BPA fillings. With the furor
over this material refusing to die down dental fillings may very well be the