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Dental Fillings Cause Behavior Problems In Kids

dental fillingsDental procedures are not only quite stressful and costing, they can also have an impact on our psychology and behavior. It turned out that children are especially sensitive, even to such easy dental treatment as dental fillings. According to the findings of a recent study by an expert group at the New England Research Institutes, teenagers aged between 11 and 16 can be very much affected by dental fillings. As the study has shown, those young kids and teenagers who underwent the dental procedure are reported to demonstrate slightly worse social behavior and be more problematic in their daily life, compared to those their peers who have excellent dental health and have never went through any serious dental treatment.

The experts attribute this interesting tendency to one of the components used for dental fillings. “The composites that were associated with these problems include a chemical called bisGMA,” says Nancy Maserejian, ScD, one of the study leaders and an expert at the New England Research Institute. For producing this artificial compound, the chemical bisphenol A or BPA is used which is considered controversial and even banned in some of the countries. A number of researches have demonstrated that this chemical compound acts similarly to female hormone estrogen. Therefore, it can affect certain functions in human body, including the function of reproductive system, as well as the development and psychological condition of children. That is why some scientists recommend banning using this compound in any kind of products for youngsters.

During the research, the scientists analyzed the extensive data collected by other scientists during the New England Children’s Amalgam Trial (NECAT) in 2006. For five years the study followed five hundred children, who undergo dental filling procedure. Mainly, the specialists looked very closely at the effects of amalgam used for dental fillings on the function of brain, kidney, and other body organs. It was found out that amalgam, first of all, affects psychological condition of children. Basing on their parents’ report, it was found out that those kids with dental fillings containing bisphenol A were more likely to display the symptoms like anxiety, increased irritability, psychological instability and social stresses, followed by behavior problems and inability to achieve socially compared to kids with no dental fillings.

At that, the links tended to be stronger for those kids whose dental fillings with bisphenol A were located close to the chewing surface of teeth. The scientists reported that when the filling is located close to the chewing surface, the child is more likely to demonstrate serious behavior problems. Paul Casamassimo, DDS, the chief executive of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center, said the more researches are needed to establish clear cause-and-effect connection. “We need to be constantly vigilant with kids and look at what we do and find out if these are valid findings over the long term,”  he underlined. Other dental specialists, in response to the findings of the study, pointed to the increased importance of observing easy rules of dental care in young children and do everything possible to prevent dental cavities.

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