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 …

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 …

From Lead Fillings to Nontoxic Restorations: A Bit of Dental History

Dentistry got its start more than 8000 years ago, and it’s come a long way since then, as you can see through this brief pictorial history of dentistry that we recently ran across at dentalassistant.net:   Some Images from the Gallery         But this history focuses overwhelmingly on the tools dentists have …

Kids and Cavities, Fillings and Food

Finizio/Flickr What’s the best material for treating filling cavities in your children’s teeth? According to a recent research review in The Cochrane Library, nobody really knows. So far, there is a not a clear winner among the types of fillings used to repair childhood cavities, according to a new review. In fact, there are so …

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 …

Autoimmune Disorders and Environmental (and Dental) Toxins

Many new clients who contact our office have been diagnosed with autoimmune disorders – from allergies and asthma to Crohn’s and celiac diseases to fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and MS…just to name a few. Often, they have bounced from health care provider to health care provider in search of healing. Sometimes they have experienced brief respites …