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Dentists Say Lead Is Dentistry’s Biggest Health Threat

Other Dental Health Concerns Include Mercury and Bisphenol-A

In this survey, we asked dentists how concerned they are about various potential public health threats linked to dentistry. Dentists’ concerns, in order, are:

General dentists versus specialists

  1. Lead in dental lab work
  2. Mercury in amalgam
  3. Bisphenol-A in composite, and
  4. Fluoride in water supplies.

General dentists had higher levels of concern on all issues than specialists. However, specialists and generalists agreed on the relative dangers of the chemicals covered in this survey.

Dentists’ thoughts

  • “I’d like to be doing all gold restorations.” (New Jersey dentist)
  • “All four of these need to be totally nailed down as to their safety, or lack thereof.” (Arkansas dentist)
  • “Two things that will bite dentistry in the butt are fluoride and amalgam if we don’t stop forcing them on the public.” (Idaho dentist)

Mercury

  • “150 years have not proved Amalgam to be dangerous.” (Arkansas dentist)
  • “Amalgams have saved billions of teeth!” (Washington dentist)
  • “A known toxin, no safe levels, should be banned.” (Louisiana dentist)

Lead

  • “Lead in dental casting alloy? Outrageous!” (Colorado dentist)
  • “Recent articles have debunked the worry over the amount of lead in ‘farmed-out’ crowns. Still, we need to monitor that work.” (California dentist)

Bisphenol-A (BPA)

  • “This stuff is everywhere. Composites without BPA just don’t hold up well.” (Wisconsin dentist)
  • “It’s probably not too dangerous, but don’t cast stones, Mr. Composite: you live in a glass house!” (New Jersey dentist)
  • “It’s ironic that many patients are removing long tested amalgam and replacing them with bisphenol composites of unproven safety.” (California dentist)

Fluoride

  • “It’s been shown to be effective, but we shouldn’t be medicating the whole population.” (Colorado dentist)
  • “The best public health measure ever instituted in this country for caries prevention.” (Texas dentist)
  • “Known to be toxic.” (California dentist)

Post your thoughts or read the complete dental public health threats survey results

Dentist Survey: Is Dentistry Dangerous to Public Health?

Dentistry's public health threatsIn 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.

Hazardous dental materials

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?

Dentists: Here’s the Secret to Stayin’ Alive (video)

Dentistis: Here's the Secret to Stayin' Alive (video)Dentists, is there an easy way to teach your dental patients how to perform CPR?

The British Heart Foundation thinks so.

This week’s Friday random viral video features former Welch footballer and UK actor Vinnie Jones promoting how to apply chest compressions to the rhythm of the Bee Gees song, ‘Staying Alive’ to prove that CPR is easy for anyone to learn.

The British Heart Foundation TV advertisement demonstrates the hard and fast Hands-only CPR method with the hope that more people will feel comfortable in assisting with CPR in a medical emergency.

Click Play to watch how to use ‘Staying Alive’ to save a life —

I’m curious if your dental office staff can perform CPR?

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