KTH Flashback: BPA in Dentistry: Safety & Risks

Originally posted January 20, 2015 Anymore, the terms “BPA” and “avoid” go hand in hand. Unfortunately, BPA and related compounds turn up in a lot of dental composite – the type of material used to make tooth-colored fillings and a major alternative to mercury amalgam. (Porcelain and other ceramics are other options.) A conscientious biological …

It’s Not Just About Biocompatibility

Despite all the cheerleading for implant dentistry, the market still seems less than great: rebounding from the global economic turmoil but nowhere near the 15% growth it once knew. Maybe that explains the increasing stress on the message that implants are the ideal solution for missing teeth – whether they are or aren’t. An article …

First, Do No Harm…

From time to time, we invoke the phrase “first, do no harm,” commonly attributed to the Hippocratic Oath. But if you want to get strict about such things, this isn’t really accurate. In fact, nothing like the phrase occurs in the modern version, though the classical includes a promise to keep “the sick” from “harm …

Is There Really Such a Thing as “Metal-Free Dentistry”?

As more people become aware of the health risks of mercury amalgam fillings, you see more dental practices marketing themselves as “metal-free.” Sounds great, no? It’s also inaccurate – and not just because these dentists often do place metal restorations such as gold crowns. As dental materials expert Jess Clifford has noted, “There is no …

Maker of Invisalign Out of Line, According to FDA

We’ve seen the problem with pharmaceutical drugs: Seeking maximum profits, drug companies aggressively market their pills, touting their alleged wonders and glossing their risks. Then reports of serious “side effects” start coming in, and the drug companies go into crisis management mode. Other industries play similar games. According to a report in the San Jose …

How to Floss Your Teeth, Eat Healthy on a Budget and Other Tips from Around the Web

If Ya Got ‘Em, Floss ‘Em! Most of us know we’re supposed to floss our teeth regularly – at least if we want to keep all our teeth. But not all of us follow through on the advice, and many of those who do don’t always do it properly. Learn the right way to floss …

A Crowning Achievement?

Via BoingBoing: At least one dental lab is offering some artistic restorations: Personally, we like the one with Queen Elizabeth – the whole “Crown of England on a crown” concept. Interesting novelties? Sure. But that’s about all we can say without knowing more about them, especially what they’re made of. Which brings us to the …