As human society has progressed we have filled up our planet with more and more waste and toxins. At present almost every item we use, be it our food, our clothes, or our gadgets, everything is exposing us to more and more toxins. The worst sufferers are the young children who are being affected by many health problems as a result of prolonged exposure to toxins.
Stay Away From These Toxins And Protect Your Child’s Oral Health
Teeth problems due to toxin exposure
In recent years children have begun to experience a common problem with their teeth called ‘cheese molars’. The scientific name for this condition is Molar Incisor Hypomineralization (MIH). Cheese molars refer to when a child’s teeth get stained a permanent light yellow color and the enamel coating of their teeth become weak and chipped. This condition is usually irreversible and children grow up feeling self-conscious of their teeth. Their teeth also become very prone to chipping and also develop sensitivity to hot and cold.
For years scientists were convinced that this condition is due to exposure to some toxins in our food or surroundings. But it is only recently that the toxins responsible for MIH have been pin-pointed.
Which toxins cause cheese molars?
A group of endocrinologists working in a laboratory in Paris has conducted experiments on rats to identify the chemicals which should be avoided to prevent cheese molars. The scientists found that they could trigger the MIH condition in lab rats by using a compound called bisphenol a (BPA).
BPA is a very common endocrine disruptor compound that is found in some types of plastics, store receipts, and in a commonly used agricultural fungicide called vinclozolin.
How to avoid the toxins?
It is very difficult for us to avoid BPA completely because of its presence in many common items of our surroundings. But exposure to BPA can definitely be reduced by some simple practices
- Vinclozolin has been found to have many adverse effects on the human body and so it is now being removed from commercial usage. Soon it will be prohibited to use Vinclozolin for commercial agriculture.
- BPA is commonly found in the receipts given out at departmental stores and supermarkets. So always make sure to wash your hands immediately after touching a receipt. Make sure to teach your child to also do the same.
- Plastics also contain significant amounts of BPA. When purchasing food items it is always better to buy products in glass containers rather than in plastic ones.
But it is impossible to avoid plastics completely in the 21st century. The only possible solution to protect children’s dental health and overall well-being is to choose varieties of synthetics and plastics which contain less BPA.
Varieties of plastics with lower toxin levels
Doctors and scientists recommend an easy mnemonic for laymen to remember what kinds of plastics are safer and which ones to avoid. 1, 2, 4 and 5 are the safer varieties and 3, 6, and 7 should be avoided.
- Safe variety- 1 refers to nylon, 2 refers to high-density polyethylene, 4 refers to low-density polyethylene and 5 refers to polypropylene.
- Unsafe varieties- 3 refers to polyvinyl chloride(PVC), 6 refers to polystyrene (commonly called Styrofoam) and 7 refers to toxic polycarbonates and non-toxic compostable plastics produced from corn or rice.
At present, there is a trend to shift away from plastics to natural, organic materials. Jute bags, glass containers, ceramic plates, organic produce, free-range poultry are all becoming mainstream as people realize the intensely adverse effects of plastics and toxins on us and our future generations.
So make an effort for your child’s health, try to cut down on their exposure to toxins like BPA as much as possible. A small lifestyle change now can protect your child from many harmful illnesses in the future.