Dentists Are At Odds About Silver/Mercury Amalgam Fillings
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 08/15/18 12:01 AM
In the above photo, the difference is obvious between silver-mercury metal fillings and resin-bonded fillings with no mercury.
In the above video from 1976, you’ll see that not much has changed in the dental practices that still use silver-mercury amalgam fillings.
In ’91, the World Health Organization stated the opinion that mercury found in dental amalgam is the foremost contibutor of mercury vapor in non-industrialized areas, exposing the troubled resident families to mercury amounts significantly beyond those set for food and air.
Analysis shows the amalgam consists of a mixture of metals — 50% Mercury, 25% Silver, 15% Tin, 8% Copper & additional trace metals.
Many scientists and a number of dentists have come to believe that it’s not safe to put that much mercury into a mouth of an individual because mercury is a toxic heavy metal.
The World Health Organization has declared that it’s highly possible that mercury is not “locked” safely in the metal bonds in the teeth and can trickle bit by bit into the body. Some dentists worry that this could be causing severe illnesses. These could perhaps include Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and a complete variety of “auto-immune” diseases.
In fact, just by harming the immune system, metal amalgam could be bringing about an even broader amount of health. issues. Some countries, including Denmark, Austria, Canada, Sweden and Germany have actually banned or enforced significant restrictions on mercury amalgam use. In January, 2011, FDA scientists advised the ADA to disclose the use of mercury to all patients and parents, and to stop using amalgam fillings on children and pregnant women.
More and more dental practices in the US have discontinued putting metal fillings inside their patients’ mouths, and have turned to using white fillings (resin mixtures) or porcelain inlays and onlays which contain zero mercury, for their patients.
It should be noted that the American Dental Association’s official stance is: “There is insufficient evidence of a link between dental mercury and health problems, except in rare instances of allergic reactions.” The ADA code of ethics states: “Based on available scientific data, the ADA has determined that the removal of amalgam restorations from the non-allergic patient for the alleged purpose of removing toxic substances from the body, when such treatment is performed solely at the recommendation or suggestion of the dentist, is improper and unethical.”
And, what exactly does that mean?
According to the Boston College Law School, “A dentist who is found guilty of violating the ADA Code of Ethics can be sentenced, censured, suspended, or expelled from the ADA” and the “ADA forbids its dentists from suggesting mercury removal under threat of license suspension.”
And, what exactly does THAT mean?
That means that Dr. Peck cannot, and is not, recommending to you that you should not get “silver” fillings, or have your “silver” fillings removed if you already have them.
If, however, you have read this blog article containing public knowledge abot this controversy, and you decide that silver-mercury amalgam fillings are not going to be part of you and your family’s dental care, or if you or a loved one currently has silver-mercury amalgam fillings and wants them replaced, call us. We are not against complying with our patients’ decisions about dental care and dental restoration materials.
Dental Health And Pre-Term/Low Birth Weight Babies
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 08/15/18 12:01 AM
The state of a mom’s dental health may have a large effect on the general health of her newborn. In the event that an expectant woman has gum disease, she actually is more prone to having an infant with pre-term/low birth weight, sepsis, a lower Apgar score, plus an elevated temperature.
Researchers reviewed 870 women with gum disease, aged 18 to 42 years old, and discovered that periodontal treatment considerably decreased the pre-term/low birth weight rate, based on a recent issue of the Journal of Periodontology. The results indicated that ladies who received periodontal treatment consisting of plaque control, scaling, and regular rinsing together with chlorhexidine before 28 weeks of gestation had a considerably lower incidence of pre-term/low birth weight newborns as compared to women who didn’t.
In fact, pregnancy-associated gingivitis afforded much more than a two-fold rise in the possibility for pre-term births.
Women with pregnancy gingivitis really should visit Dr. Peck at the earliest opportunity to obtain treatment as well as preventive maintenance so that they can give their infants a healthy start. Gum disease is easy to deal with, there isn’t any risk to the mother or unborn child, and the final results may be dramatic when it comes to enhancing the chances of delivering a healthy newborn.
Before You Light Up, Read This
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 08/13/18 12:00 AM
Astonishing as it may sound, many smokers need to be made more aware of the dangers of tobacco use. In fact, just twenty-nine percent of smokers say they believe themselves to be at a higher risk for heart attack compared with their nonsmoking peers, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Clearly, while information about the medical troubles associated with smoking – such as lung disease, cancer, heart disease and low-birth-weight infants – is widely available, many smokers apparently have tuned out. If you are a smoker who is concerned about the outcomes smoking can have on your health, congratulations! By accessing information about the unfavorable impacts of tobacco use, you are taking the first leap toward quitting. The American Academy of Periodontology wants you to realize yet another good reason to quit: Smoking is harmful to oral health. New studies have shown that smoking could be one of the most serious risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. In addition, following periodontal treatment or any type of oral surgery, the chemicals in tobacco can hinder the healing process and make the treatment results less predictable.
How does smoking inflate your risk for periodontal disease? As a tobacco user, you are more likely than nonsmokers to have the following problems:
• Calculus – plaque that hardens on your teeth and is difficult to remove
• Deep pockets between your teeth and gums
• Loss of the bone and tissue that support your teeth
If the calculus is not removed during a professional cleaning, and it remains below your gum line, the bacteria in the calculus may attack your gum tissue and cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. If this happens, periodontal pockets form and fill with disease-causing bacteria. If left untreated, periodontal disease will progress. The pockets between your teeth and gums may grow deeper, allowing in more bacteria that destroy tissue and supporting bone. As a result, the gums may shrink away from the teeth making them appear longer. With no treatment, your teeth can become loose, painful and even fall out.
Save Your Smile
Research shows that tobacco users lose more teeth than non-tobacco users do. Actually, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 20 percent of people over the age of 65 who have never smoked are toothless, while a whopping 41.3 percent of regular smokers over the age of 65 are toothless. In addition, research shows that current tobacco users do not bounce back as well following periodontal treatment as former tobacco users or nonsmokers. But, these effects are reversible if the tobacco users kick the habit prior to starting dental treatment.
Not Just Cigarettes
Other kinds tobacco products are also harmful to your periodontal health. Smokeless tobacco can also cause gums to recede and inflate the chance of losing the bone and fibers that keep your teeth in place.
Other Oral Problems
Researchers also have found that the following issues occur most in people who use tobacco products:
• Oral cancer
• Bad breath
• Stained teeth
• Tooth loss
• Bone loss
• Loss of taste
• Less success with periodontal treatment
• Less success with dental implants
• Gum recession
• Mouth sores
• Facial wrinkling
Copyright: The American Academy of Periodontology, 2007
BBC reports: Smoking causes 50% of gum disease in the U.S.
Smoking could be responsible for more than half of the cases of gum disease among adults in the US, according to researchers. The study found that current tobacco users are about 4 times more likely than people who have never smoked to have advanced periodontal (gum) disease. However, eleven years after quitting, former tobacco users were not any more likely than non-smokers to suffer from bad gums. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers studied US government health data on 13,650 people over the age of 18 who had their own teeth. Lead researcher Dr. Scott Tomar said: “Cigarette smoking may well be the major preventable risk factor for periodontal disease. The good news is that quitting seems to gradually erase the harmful effects of tobacco use on periodontal health.” The researchers also found that the odds of developing gum disease were increased still further by smoking heavily.
Smokers who smoked less than half a pack per day were almost 3 times more likely than non-tobacco users to have periodontitis. But, those who smoked more than a pack and a half per day had almost six times the risk. Jack Caton, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, said: “Every day periodontists see the destruction smoking causes in the mouths of their patients. I hope the staggering statistics from this study will compel even more dental care providers to get involved in tobacco cessation efforts.” Smoking reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the gums. This hinders the healing process, and makes smokers’ gums more vulnerable to infection. In addition to being a huge cause of tooth loss, periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and premature babies. Chief executive John Hunt said: “This is very useful research showing just how bad smoking can be for your gums. If you want to keep your teeth, don’t smoke.”
The research is published in the Journal of Periodontology.
The Link Between Dentistry And Grades
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 08/8/18 12:14 AM
“Dental care has a significant influence on children’s grades!” states the Office of the US Surgeon General in its report on children’s dental health.
The important report states that more than fifty-one million school hours are forfeited annually to dental-related health problems.
In reality, children’s dental care is seen as the most widespread, poorly met health need involving American children. Far more shocking is that about 37 percent of children have not experienced a dental visit before beginning school and in certain areas of the nation dental disease is the leading cause of absenteeism among elementary school children.
In elementary schools throughout the country, dentists and school administrators have pointed out that kids that see a dentist regularly not only take significantly better care of their teeth and gums, they also had a greater attendance level than those that did not see a dentist.
Missed classes usually resulted in lower scores for kids. Not just that, dental issues also:
• reduced confidence for the kids
• led to troubles with nutrition, resulting in decreased attention span
• retarded speaking and verbally answering questions in classes
When cavities (caries) and gingivitis aren’t discovered early and dealt with, they could develop into more severe problems and lead to unnecessary suffering for kids.
The good news is, in most cases, dental problems are avoidable.
To keep your kids on track with their grades, be sure to include taking them in the family’s visits to the dentist on a regular basis.
How A Dentist Can Add 8-12 Years to Your Life
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 08/8/18 12:14 AM
Regular tooth cleanings with periodontal therapy just might extend your life, in accordance with the newest research by dental professionals.
As strange as it may appear, an infection in your gums may travel through your body to other areas, for instance your heart, digestive system, and lungs. This is the reason why it’s more vital than ever to go for normal dental check-ups and ensure your periodontal health is continually managed.
Periodontal disease as well as bad oral hygiene may be symptoms of premature death, as outlined by Dr. Michael F. Roizen in his timeless book Real Age: Are You as Young as You Can Be?
That’s because gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, digestive problems, osteoporosis, and immune problems. Young men who had a maximum oral hygiene index of 6 (0 shows perfect oral hygiene and 6 very poor oral hygiene) had a three to four times higher risk of dying before those who had a hygiene index of 0. On top of that, young men with periodontitis had an almost 3 fold elevated risk of dying from coronary heart disease.
The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease is actually a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gumline and bone supporting teeth. Periodontal disease may affect an individual tooth or lots of teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, clear film that constantly forms on your teeth) can cause the gums to be swollen.
If you feel that you might have gum disease, see the dentist to have an evaluation now.
Gum Disease Coupled With Likelihood Of Osteoporosis
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 08/7/18 12:58 AM
Researchers with the University of Buffalo as well as the University of New York at Buffalo found out that most women identified as having periodontal disease should be more alert to developing osteoporosis. Released in the Journal of Periodontology, the research involved more than 2,500 postmenopausal women. It found out that women diagnosed with low bone density, are also saddled with an 86% chance of having gum disease, the major cause of loss of teeth in those older than 35 years of age.
Scientists furthermore discovered a very strong relationship between osteoporosis and the advanced type of gum disease which causes bone loss in the jaw. It is considered that doing away with gum disease may additionally have a side benefit of battling osteoporosis, which impacts as many as 20 million individuals in America, accounting for virtually two million fractures a year.
Once more, the link between gum disease and general health can not be overemphasized. Maintain a normal routine of dental cleanings, see our hygienist and be continually vigilant against gum disease. It might save your life.
The Smile of Your Child Can Influence Lifetime Success
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 08/7/18 12:58 AM
Inadequate oral health has a harmful influence on kids’ overall health and wellness.
Anxiousness and depression in kids can be the reaction to a poor self-image and confidence caused by dental issues, which include chipped, broken, or missing teeth, dark or stained teeth, or soreness in the mouth because of caries (cavities) or gingivitis (gum disease). The long-term effect of this situation for your child might be getting into a cycle of low grades and, in some children’s cases, being denied higher education or training in the career they want down the road after high school.
As surprising as it seems, for kids, cavities are a frequent problem which starts from a young age. Tooth decay affects in excess of one-fifth of U.S. kids ages 2-4 years, half of kids ages 6-8, and almost 60% of kids age 15 and up, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Low-income kids are hardest hit: around one-third have untreated decay. Neglecting dental disease might result in discomfort, oral dysfunction, missing school days, being undernourished, and having an inadequate visual appeal — problems that can greatly decrease a child’s ability to succeed in life.
Dental issues have an impact on kids’ capability to connect through conversation and, also, nonverbally. Comfortable interaction with peers and instructors is extremely important to succeeding in school. If they are self conscious because of their smile, they could be constantly covering up their own mouth using their hands, be afraid to smile, or be reluctant to speak for anxiety about displaying their teeth when they speak in class. All of these traits, resulting from bad oral health, may negatively influence the child’s school performance and attendance.
Dr. Peck warns, “A common error that I observe parents making with their kids’ oral health is to come to the conclusion that baby teeth don’t need attention.” he explains, “Your child will still have baby teeth up until they are in fourth grade. Tooth decay and pain in a baby tooth can be horrible for a child if the problem is not remedied.” Going further, Dr. Peck says, “Moms and dads are always telling me that their child kept the cavity and resulting pain to themselves. I explain that if mom and dad don’t value dental care for baby teeth, the child may come to believe that they shouldn’t bring it up and so they tell themselves to suffer quietly.”
The remedy would be to bring your little one for an oral health examination at Dr. Peck’s office in Cincinnati by their 3rd birthday, and every six months thereafter.
Whose to say? Maybe practicing dentistry is in their future.
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 08/1/18 12:25 AM
A common response of activity of bacteria inside the mouth is bad breath (halitosis). Even though it cannot be confirmed for sure, the majority of men and women probably are afflicted by occasional halitosis but it has been estimated that possibly 25% are afflicted by halitosis on a chronic basis. There are actually two types of bad breath. Periodic bad breath is the result of food such as onions and garlic and usually only lasts from 24-72 hours. The odor of persistent bad breath results if bacteria inside your mouth and on your tongue brings about the development of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC’s) by means of hydrogen sulfides. The presence of gum (periodontal) disease can also be due to chronic halitosis. Brushing, flossing and the use of mouthwash may not get rid of this type of persistent halitosis and expert breath treatment may be required.
Many people with halitosis believe that their friends, family and co-workers don’t realize they have an “odor” problem. That’s because they probably used a mouthwash previously in the day and they are oblivious to the fact that the blast of flavoring has long ago worn off.
This is because most over-the-counter breath-freshening rinses will not eliminate bad breath. They may only hide it briefly. An unbiased analysis of 15 mouthwash products highlighted that although they all masked bad breath after ten minutes, not very many were still working after a few hours. Additionally, most mouthwash products and solutions contain alcohol that dries soft oral tissue and ultimately leads to even faster development of odor-causing bacteria.
Mouthwashes are typically superficial and don’t have a very long lasting effect on foul breath. When you must always use a breath freshener to cover up unpleasant mouth odor, your problem could be more serious. So if the daily mouthwash routine has not been helping you, and you are still concerned with bad breath, see Dr. Peck. We can help discover the source and, in case it is because of an oral issue, establish a treatment plan to help completely get rid of it.
Finding a New Dental Practice: Private Practice or Corporate Chain
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/28/18 12:48 AM
Anytime you may be selecting a new dentist, you can find two distinct important choices that many patients are dealing with today. It is the choice concerning seeing a corporate dental practice compared to seeing a dentist in private practice. You will find positive aspects with each. Find out what these are to help you make a better choice about what kind of practice might work best for you and your family’s dentistry needs.
To begin with, basic definitions should be understood. Private practice dentistry is if a dentist rents or builds an office space, hires staff, takes care of management, advertising, plus offers dental care to his or her patients. This is what many people are used to when thinking about a dentist.
Corporate dentistry is when a dentist has a job in a corporate “owned”, or chain dental practice in place of operating the business by themselves.
The dentist shows up whenever scheduled, carries out any duties that are required, and is responsible for reaching the goals for dental care sold every day. It is not the dentist but, rather, the corporate board that sets those numbers.
The word, “owned” is in quotes above considering that, in 46 states throughout the United States, it’s illegal for someone aside from a licensed dentist to own a dental practice. The dental companies bypass that rule by purchasing a building and “providing” dental practice management, accounting and also advertising services to a dentist. The companies own the building, hire the workers, determine prices and sales objectives and can, essentially, get rid of the dentist when they do not reach the set levels of dentistry sold. Therefore it is your choice to decide who really “owns” the chain dental practice.
Corporate dentistry, in the long run, is accountable to make a profit for their stock owners. In fact, in a recent story by the Center for Public Integrity, some patients of corporate dental chains had been pushed towards receiving treatment choices they may not be able to have the funds for and pushed into taking out long term financing contracts.
In a private dental practice, the doctor might make decisions that might not result in a profit, but, will benefit their patients.
In corporate dentistry, if an employed doctor is simply not creating adequate profit for the corporation, they’ll be fired. Although any company must make a profit, corporate chains have a track record of selecting dentists just out of school who have a large amount of school debts to pay off. The pressure to “sell” dental care may become overwhelming.
In the Center for Public Integrity’s report, an elderly person had been billed over $1,200 for a filling. One patient’s bill highlighted he had all kinds of treatment done (and paid for) on teeth which were scheduled for removal. There are stories that a few corporate dental practices have private international dental laboratories and demand their “employee” dentists to use just that lab.
The dentist turnover rate is huge at these kinds of dental “mills” so whenever a patient comes back they may not always see the very same dentist they saw last time.
On the other hand,in the private practice setting, if a doctor is excellent with their dental patients and helps to keep them satisfied, when it is all said and done the doctor will surely have the personal pleasure of having made individuals’ lives better. This satisfaction and personal involvement in the lives of their patients ensures that private practice dentists will in most cases be in the practice for several years, if not decades.
So, what are the benefits of visiting a corporate practice dentist? The corporation will often promote low prices, even though final billings following add-ons don’t seem to be appreciably distinct from a private-practice dentist’s rates. They also take every single insurance policy which exists in the world. Yet again, many options and add-ons aren’t going to be covered by the patient’s insurance coverage and the person must pay for those out of pocket, if they consent to them.
Our personal suggestion? Choose wisely instead of inexpensively. In Cincinnati, select our dental practice> Dr. Peck does not let your insurance company influence what level of dental care you should have. Check us out at a new patient visit with our team. Our doctor is going to be here when you make your next appointment in the coming year. Our team is going to remember you as well as the long-term plan and objectives which you have set for you as well as your family’s dental health.
How Critical Is A Healthy Smile To The Lifetrack Of Your Child?
Posted by Fred Peck, DDS on 07/28/18 12:48 AM
Want a glance of your child’s future? Look inside their mouth. A youngster’s healthy smile is an indicator of a positive and prosperous future. The latest research results have associated chronic oral infections to diabetes, heart and lung disease, stroke, and low-birth weight newborns. Additionally, serious dental problems in children can weaken their confidence, bring on long-term stress and depression as well as impacting natural physical functioning, for example breathing, eating, swallowing, and speaking.
Exactly what this all points to is that optimum dental health in children portends a favorable destiny that includes overall wellness, high self-esteem, self-confidence, consistent attendance at school, good grades, graduation, employability, success at job interviews, and possibly more importantly, attainment of fulfilling personal relationships. See your child smile now and for future years by seeing Dr. Peck before they start school.