In this survey, dentists gave The Wealthy Dentist their opinions on the safety of several dentistry materials that cause controversy within the profession, as well as within general discussions about public health.
What do dentists think is the biggest public health threat facing dentistry today?
Here’s how dentists weighed in on the safety of specific dental materials:
The majority of surveyed dentists think mercury in amalgam fillings (58%) and fluoride in water supplies (68%) is safe, or probably safe.
As for Bisphenol-A in composite and sealants, the majority of survey respondents (53%) think more research is needed to determine whether or not it’s safe.
But when it comes to lead & other metals in tainted dental lab work as , the majority in our dental survey (74%) clearly agree they are public health hazards.
When asked their opinion about the biggest public health threat facing dentistry today, dentists have a wide variety of views.
“Too damn many dental school graduates! Too much “business” and not enough “doing the right thing.” Too many managed care practices only focused on corporate profit (which I still think should be illegal).” Colorado orthodontist
“The misguided attempt to reduce the recommended fluoride level for water fluoridation. It will result in increased caries and decreased oral health to the nation.” Virginia dentist
“Offshore, unregulated lab work.” Texas dentist
“Federal and State Governmental regulations.” California dentist
“Dentists over diagnosing due to economic pressure from low insurance compensation, high student loan payments and general lack of ethics.” California dentist
What do you think is dentistry’s biggest public health threat?