Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464Print version ISSN 0102-311X
COELHO, Antonio Jorge Molinário. Endocrine disruptors and dental materials: health implications associated with their use in Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2002, vol.18, n.2, pp.505-509. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2002000200015.
This study analyzes international historical trends in the use of different types of materials in dental practice. The author describes the chemical properties of their ingredients and the potential and observed adverse effects in patients and dental technicians resulting from clinical or occupational exposure to various metals like beryllium, used to produce metal alloys. The growing use of various products (resin cements, ionomer cements, aesthetic restorative materials, resins, endodontal cements, and others) based on the compound bisphenol-A, whose chemical structure is similar to that of estrogen. Considering the demographic and contemporary work force characteristics of those involved in dental practice in the Brazil, the study highlights the possible effect of the use of these materials in both male and female patients and all age strata, as well as in health professionals with occupational exposure to products containing bisphenol-A.
Keywords : Dental Materials; Occupational Exposure; Endocrine Disruptors.