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Everyone goes to the dentist at some point in their lives. Whether it's you, your spouse, your kids, even grandkids, so seeking out a qualified professional with the expertise you need and feel confident with should be your #1 priority!

How do you do that? By researching & educating yourself Beforehand

Knowledge is Power and becoming an educated consumer is the best way to ensure you get the best possible results. And while I can't provide individual names of Dentists to recommend, I can tell you utilizing every patient rating/listing (i.e. Angie's List, Yelp, Google, etc. along with some dental blogs) especially personal/patient references is a must. And while we'd all love to think the "Dentist of the Month" article is your go to Dental professional who's earned their merit, be careful. Inside donations and incentives can magically make the not so great look fabulous so, cast a wide net with regards to researching your dentist or specialty.

And don't be afraid to make your first visit his or her interview for hire. Remember, he or she is performing a service your potentially paying a small fortune for so your best interests should be his or her top priority! If he or she is truly interested in gaining your trust and business, they'll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If your being rushed in any way or the interview is intimidating for that professional, thank them for their time and don't waste any more of yours. If they ask you to sign away your rights to the "Not an exact science, I'm not taking any responsibility paperwork? Leave! If they won't take responsibility by honoring their work and offering a warranty, they're not worth your time.

 

It's too bad there isn't a database of Dental Professional ratings to help improve patient trust while serving to encourage those professionals that aren't performing up to par to improve. 

 

Moving on. This page will house a multitude of interesting and informative video's and articles to help educate the public on today's high tech dental world. 

 

Information provided here will hopefully get you started and help raise awareness on topics and areas of concern you may not have considered.

 

These videos are for educational purposes and not in any way shape or form to cause defamation of character to any dental professional, private practice or the dental community.

The SOLE intention of this page (web site) is to EDUCATE THE PUBLIC!

 

Dental Professionals want happy patients and dental patients want a beautiful and functional smile.

 

Providing information that helps the consumer make a more informed/educated decision is a benefit to both patients, and dental professional. 

 

A Practical Guide to Compatibility Testing for Dental Materials

 

The following video is simple science about the interaction of dissimilar metals and has been taught in dental school since the 1950's yet there are those within the dental community that see no issue in disregarding this key fact. This should be a major concern for anyone having metal placed in their body.

Don't let dentists dazzle you with terms like 'ADA Approved' because it means little when the Dental community completely ignores the effects of using unlike or dissimilar metals.

https://iaomt.org/practical-guide-compatibility-testing-dental-materials/

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Civil Statutes of Limitations

Know the time limits for filing a lawsuit (statutes of limitations) in your state.

The chart within the link contains common statutes of limitations—the number of years you have to file a particular type of lawsuit—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The rules and procedure in this area are complex, and the consequences for failing to follow them are harsh—you’ll lose the right to pursue your action. When in doubt, seek legal counsel.

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State Boards Governing Dentistry Contact Information

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Bone loss and dental implants

 

When teeth go away, bone goes away! Bone loss can complicate dental implant treatment. Here's an easy to understand video explaining what happens to your jawbone after you have teeth removed.

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Dental Implants Pro's & Con's

This is a great educational video about your oral anatomy, the importance of teeth and the pro's & con's of dental implants. It provides an easy to understand guide to dental options depending on your needs.

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Consequences of Losing All Your Teeth.

 

A couple short and informative videos on the physiology of your teeth and jaw bone and why you should forego removal of your teeth unless absolutely necessary.

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This is What Your Tongue Has to Say About Your Health!

Most of us don’t really think about our tongues on a daily basis. They’re one of those body parts that are important but tend to be forgotten… until we eat something too hot. Like other parts of the body, the tongue can show signs of illness or trauma to let us know that something isn’t quite right. Being able to recognize these seven signs associated with your tongue can help you pinpoint what’s wrong.

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Cosmetic, Dental and Plastic Surgery Guide for your Beauty

Dental Implants 101

Dental Implants 101 , is an easy to understand guide to what you need to know about dental implants. This guide takes you step by step thru the process from initial consultation to placement of the implants to completing the crown work. Highly recommended for those new to the world of implants.

*The following link (Dental Implant problems and complications) is also a recommended read.

Many Thanks to DDS Supporter Toni Lebel-Kimatian for sharing this information.

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Heavy Metal Toxicity: Dangerous metals and how they shield Lyme and other pathogens

Heavy metal toxicity is more common than you think. The symptoms of heavy metal exposure range from headaches to constant fatigue. Depending on your level of exposure, you might suffer from serious diseases. 

We’re all exposed to heavy metals regularly. Though the symptoms are hard to pinpoint, heavy metals are in our environment, and food. They’re even in our drinking water. The most common heavy metals include aluminum, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and lead.

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Dental implant problems and complications : what can go wrong ?

By the way, if your dentist assures you implants are 100% successful,

then alarm bells should start to ring, and you should probably seek another dentist.

In fact, there is 5 or 2% failure that you must be aware of.

Most of those failures are caused by bad planning or incomplete assessment of the patient’s bone conditions, which is often associated with a lack of skills or inexperienced dentists. But fortunately, most issues can be easily solved if corrective actions are taken quickly.

For most cases, dental implants are a no-brainer choice when it comes to replacing a missing tooth or teeth, by using implants as roots to anchor teeth into the jawbone.

Many Thanks to DDS Supporter Toni Lebel-Kimatian  for sharing this information.

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Open Your Mouth And Say Goo-Goo: Dentists Treating Ever-Younger Patients

Hoping to narrow the gap in care, the public health agencies of San Francisco and Alameda counties are launching pilot programs to train dentists to treat babies.

To stave off a lifetime of dental problems and make sure parents learn how to prevent children’s tooth decay, babies should have their first exam when they get their first tooth, or no later than their 1st birthday, according to guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: These guidelines should be in cooperation with the pediatric association in a joint effort to promote good dental health nationwide as babies/children are followed more closely medically to start with.

Many Thanks to DDS Supporter Suzan Addison Shinazy  for sharing this information.

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Is The Dentist Scamming You For Money? Here’s How To Know

Dentists are profit-driven, just like the rest of us. Every time they “find” a tooth that needs filling or a root canal that needs drilling, they’re filling their coffers. Obviously, there are plenty of cases where there is a legitimate need for that work, but there’s also plenty of other instances where that dentist is blowing the problem completely out of proportion, or perhaps even inventing one, in order to meet their quota for the day. All it really comes down to is the integrity of the dentist in question.

So how do you know your dentist is scamming you?

How can you tell whether those little blips on the x-rays they’re showing you are actually cavities?

Here’s how to sort the fact from the fiction.

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Three Questions to Ask Your Dentist Since the EPA Has Ruled Dental Mercury Amalgam Fillings are Unsafe for the Environment

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the toxicity of mercury in dentistry and the environment. A dental advocacy group suggests consumers ask their own dentists important questions about mercury-safe dentistry and their compliance with the recent EPA dental amalgam separator ruling.

Health and environmental professionals can agree that mercury is a well-known neurotoxin and should be kept out of our waste water systems. However, most dentists in the US currently do not use an amalgam separator - a device that captures mercury before water is released into public water treatment works and sewers. To educate consumers in making healthy and environmentally responsible decisions, TALK International dot com has released a list of questions for consumers to ask their own dentist about how mercury is being handled in their dental office.

Many Thanks to DDS Supporter Peter Aleff for sharing this information.

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10 REASONS WHY REBUILDING A SMILE IS A BIG JOB

Rebuilding a smile is no small undertaking. Once teeth are lost, replacing them with enduring, attractive, healthy, functional ones takes years of training, advanced technology, manual dexterity, and varied skills. Pi Dental Center’s Dr. Glenn Wolfinger is a Board Certified Prosthodontist who is equipped to take on this task. 

After completing the doctoral degree program in dentistry, a Prosthodontic specialist receives at least three years of additional training in an ADA-accredited graduate prosthodontic program. Prosthodontics blends science, engineering and esthetics to provide a prosthesis with optimum appearance and function. Prosthodontists treat dental and facial problems that restore missing tooth and jaw structures. They are highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, and temporomandibular disorders. 

A Board Certified Prosthodontist has successfully passed a rigorous four-part examination conducted by the American Board of Prosthodontics. 

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Toxic Tooth—How a Root Canal Could Be Making You Sick
  

Is Your Smile Worth Your Life?

Bacteria from Root Canals May Worsen Other Diseases

What you need to know before undergoing a Root Canal. A root canal procedure isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time, but if one is necessary, we don’t question it’s safety. According to Robert Kulacz, DDS and Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, we should. Here, they reveal the hidden dangers of root canals. Nobody looks forward to having a root canal but if your in constant discomfort because of an infected tooth, you’ll willingly hop into the dentists chair and open wide. Sure, you might worry about feeling pain during the procedure (or paying for it afterward), but beyond those concerns, there’s really no reason to worry about undergoing this common outpatient procedure right? Wrong. Robert Kulacz, DDS and Thomas E. Levy MD JD, say that a root canal is actually a scientifically flawed and potentially dangerous procedure. “Instead of solving a problem, root canals introduce a steady stream of dangerous and even deadly toxins into your body,” says Dr. Levy, co-author along with Dr. Kulacz of The Toxic Tooth: How a root canal could be making you sick. “Root canal treated teeth are not sterile and contain pathogenic bacteria, which spread throughout the body and can initiate or worsen heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and even cancer.”

Many Thanks to Dental Supporter Suzan Addison for sharing this information.

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Your Mouth Is A Window Into Your Health: Dental Industry Scams & How To Detox Your Mouth

This page comes from an out of the box web site that focus's on education. With so much media promotion of products,  the focus is more on the monetary prize than on health.
Much of what the dental industry supports and encourages consumers to purchase and use “to improve oral health” actually poses numerous threats to our dental health. Commercial toothpastes primarily use toxic substances as a means to “clean your mouth,” as the ingredients in regular toothpastes can cause enamel damage, dental flourosis, stomach ailments, skin rashes, and more.

One of the worst ingredients found in most conventional and “dentist approved” toothpastes is fluoride. Fluoride has been a known neurotoxin for a long time, but the government claims it benefits our teeth. In reality, it’s not even known to actually prevent the buildup of harmful oral bacteria; however, it is known to be toxic, with long-term ingestion linked to brain, heart, and bone issues. You can get fluoride free toothpaste here.

Conventional dentists also use a mixture of toxic substances to fill your teeth, commonly referred to as “silver fillings” in the North American dental industry, consisting primarily of mercury, silver, copper, and tin. The amalgam is actually 50% mercury, which passes through cell membranes, across your blood-brain barrier, and directly into your central nervous system, and can cause serious psychological, neurological, and immunological issues. Every time you chew with a silver filling in your mouth, methylmercury is released, resulting in the suppression of your immune system. Metal fillings pose a grave threat to children in particular because their brains are still developing.

Many Thanks to Dental Supporter Dana Herbert for sharing this information.

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Steel Standing
  

A true medical story depicting how metal allergies implanted in her mother created a mysterious medical journey.

Patricia began to experience an increased weakness in her arms, wrists, hands and fingers. She had played the piano since age 4. Her upper body strength was tremendous. Yet, she gradually became unable to feed, bathe or live independently without assistance. It was an mysterious occurrence.

What triggered her healthy body to succumb to a rapid weakness?

NOTE: While this reference is related to a knee replacement, it is the reaction to the metals used in that procedure and it's side effects that are important here. Chromium Cobalt is known for it's dangerous carcinogenic effects on the body[i].

[i]"Carcinogenic metal compounds: Recent insight into molecular and cellular mechanisms

Chromium and cobalt are both widely considered cancer causing in humans. This research describes 3 indirect ways that these types of metals can trigger cancer and damage our cellular systems.  1) DNA damage that leads to the stimulation of cellular growth; 2.) Inhibition of DNA repair system that can cause mutations; 3.) disruption of the processes that stop the proliferation of cancer cells. Some specific types of metal compounds, such as trivalent chromium, bind directly to DNA.  Journal- Arch Toxicol (2009) Authors- Detmar Beyersmann & Andrea Hartwig."

https://www.mctlawyers.com/joint-replacement/cobalt-chromium-poisoning/

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Warning: Toxic chemicals in dental crowns from China
  

Buyer beware – you get what you pay for

U.S. dentists admit that using Chinese labs instead of U.S. labs allows them to pay as little as one-fifth of what local labs typically charge. Few dentists pass the savings along to clients, and the patient leaves with a mouthful of potentially harmful toxic chemicals and components. The dental offices that do offer deep discounts on crowns are likely importing them from China.

All crowns, bridges, dentures and other cosmetic additions are not created alike. When getting dental work, it’s crucial to find out what exactly is being put into your mouth. You have the right to inquire about where dental components have been made and the materials it contains. If a dentist refuses to share this information, this is a major red flag. Find a dentist who uses only safe dental components from trusted U.S.-based labs.

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Can This Tooth Be Saved?
  

A simple and easy to understand question and answer article that looks at concerns we may have about saving a tooth and the process by which determines whether or not extraction becomes a possibility. 

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Aspen Dental Reviews and Complaints
  

Thousands of complaints about Dental Chain Aspen Dental plague the pages of Pissedconsumer.com. Consumers are speaking out about fraudulent practices, their 'no refund' policies, workmanship, you name it, someone's complained about it.

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NSAID Pain Killers Linked to Irregular Heartbeat
  

NSAIDs Carry Potentially Serious Health Risks

The poster child of deadly NSAIDs is Vioxx, which was released in 2000. A year before Vioxx was approved, I warned my readers about the cardiovascular risks associated with the drug. It took four years and 60,000 deaths (due to heart-related side effects) before warnings were heeded and Vioxx was removed from the market.

In 2004, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also cautioned that NSAIDs, including COX-2 inhibitors like Bextra (which was removed from the market in 2005) and Celebrex, along with other over-the-counter varieties like Aleve, ibuprofen, and aspirin, are all associated with potentially serious side effects, including:

  • Cardiovascular problems

  • GI bleeding4

  • Ulcers

  • Kidney problems

  • Increased blood pressure

In February this year, the FDA took another look at the heart risks associated with various NSAIDs. Some research had indicated that naproxen might be less risky than other NSAIDs, but the panel ultimately voted 16-9 against changing the warning label on naproxen to suggest it's safer for your heart other drugs in this class.5

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Consumer Healthcare Reviews on Yelp Help
  

 

Finding reliable, understandable information about healthcare quality and prices is very challenging for most consumers. Are healthcare reviews on social networks statistically valid? An analysis of consumer ratings for New York State hospitals on Yelp, the social network, were positively correlated to objective scores of hospital quality, according to the research published in Yelp for Health: Using the Wisdom of Crowds to Find High-Quality Hospitals, from the Manhattan Institute.

Yelp scores are “good composite measures,” the researchers conclude; while other metrics could explain more details about the “why” in variation of hospital quality, Yelp ratings are understandable to most people.

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Toxic Metals in Your Mouth: Be Aware of the Potentially Harmful Metal Components in Your Dental Work
  

These alloys typically contain 75 percent nickel and 2 percent beryllium. Nickel is the most carcinogenic metal known, and many women are allergic to it. Many orthodontic brackets are about 10 percent nickel.

Other metal components include nickel, chromium and cobalt in partial dental frameworks. Titanium dental implants can be made with 100 percent titanium or a common alloy that includes 6 percent aluminum and 4 percent vanadium. All of these materials have great physical properties, but biologically they are a disaster. For example, aluminum has been implicated in many health problems, including breast cancer, according to research published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology.¹

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Transparency In Dental
  

 

"Most dental patients are not aware that nearly 38 percent of dental restoration units are made overseas by foreign dental laboratories, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission. Additionally, domestic labs remain unregulated in more than 40 states by their respective state boards of dentistry."

All dental patients should assess the quality of their restorations by asking their dentists these five basic questions:


    “What is the education and training of the dental technician creating my restoration?”
    “Is the dental laboratory you work with certified and by whom?”
    “Where is your dental laboratory located?”
    “What patient contact materials are in the restorations you are prescribing for the treatment plan?”
    “How does your dental practice ensure that it is not using misbranded or grey market dental parts and materials?”

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Your Right to Medical Records

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

The federal Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives patients the right to obtain a copy of their medical records from any medical provider, with a few exceptions.

According to the law, you have a RIGHT to your medical/dental file upon request! Make sure you 'Know Your Rights' when it comes to taking care of your health!

Thank You Scott Bartlett for bringing this article to our attention!

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Where is nickel found?

Nickel is found in trace amounts in the earth’s crust, in water and food, in the atmosphere and cigarette smoke, and in some metal alloys such as stainless steel.

It is also found, in larger amounts, in some medical and dental devices, such as “economy” or “base” dental alloys, which can contain as much as 78% nickel.

The American Cancer Society states that nickel is an IARC Group 1 carcinogen, meaning that it is known to cause cancer in humans yet the ADA is still promoting it as safe despite the fact many foreign countries have outlawed it use!

Thank You Dana Herbert for sharing & enlightening us.

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Dental Dangers from Toxic Dentistry

The premise of biocompatible dentistry is that you do not place just any material in some­body’s body and hope that everything will be all right. Biocompatible dentistry aims to test and confirm that the filling materials will not adversely affect your health.

Your body and nervous system operate on a very small electrical current. Metal fillings can produce electrical currents that can be exponentially stronger than the electrical currents in your body. Considering that your teeth are connected to the largest sensory nerve in your body, the trigeminal nerve, this excess of electricity can cause harm.

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Before visiting your doctor, make sure you make a list of the questions that you want

to discuss.

It's vital to realize that before you venture into any procedure where metal is being placed in the body that you Pre-Test to ensure a safer outcome! This form is provided by the Melissa.org but there are also two other testing facilities that cover a multitude of potential allergens. I will provide the links here.

Melisa Test: http://www.melisa.org

Cliffords Test: http://www.ccrlab.com

BioComp Test: http://www.biocomplabs.com

LabCorp Test: https://www.labcorp.com/ (limited testing of metals)

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The Differences in Dental Crown Alloys

Here's an easy to understand site about Dental Crown Alloys. It's careful in dancing around the use of dissimilar metals by suggesting Precious if you can afford it. But at least it explains the different classifications available for crowns and bridges.

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Material Biocompatibility

 

 

"If simply wearing jewellery of lesser quality can lead to redness of the skin or even an allergic reaction, one can only imagine the extent to which the highly-permeable oral soft tissues can become irritated and inflamed by the permanent presence of non-precious metals. Once sufficiently irritated, these tissues can become a gateway for easy access to the bloodstream and the rest of the body. It bears mention that not all metals are to blame, but the most harmful are non-precious metals, particularly when several different metals are found in the same oral cavity."

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Non-Precious Alloy heavy metal  poisoning

 

Non-precious alloys are used when maximum strength is desired, appearance is not a factor, but cost is most important. Since it does not contain any gold, cost is less. There are two basic formulations, one that contains nickel and one that is nickel-free.

The controversial issue is that nickel, beryllium, cobalt, chromium, and palladium may cause immune problems and/or toxicity.

Electrogalvanism

 

Dissimilar metals in the mouth, including different formulations of the “same” metal, create microamps of current which could cause oral pain, corrosion of the metal (black mercury amalgam fillings), dry mouth, metallic taste, erythema (red & swollen gums), and possible dysfunction of other organ systems, endocrine glands, etc. on that meridian.

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This is a very interesting video statistically and well worth a watch!

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These next two articles are a MUST READ before venturing into any kind of extensive dental work!

 

Communication and partnership in any venture provides the best results but on occasion, the unexpected can happen. When that happens, things can go radically wrong and leave both professional and patient at odds. That's when you may think to seek legal action and suddenly find yourself without that option!

 

Believe it or not, several factors you might not have considered or thought mattered can make taking your case to court, tougher than you think!

 

That's why finding the Right Dental Professional you can feel comfortable and confident with, who'll stand by their work should an issue arise is the best case scenario for both Patient, AND Dental Professional.

 

Read why in this article

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This article helps explain the importance of compatibility with regards to the use of different materials in the oral cavity. Remember, ANY two dissimilar metals in a liquid medium (Saliva) turns your mouth into a Battery that's within inches of your brain! Just scroll the page to read the article 

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I cannot stress this point enough...

Before you have ANY Dental/Medical procedure involving Metals (Hip/Knee Replacement, Implants, Dental Bridges, Crowns), it would be in Your Best Interest to PRE TEST for any potential allergies. Scroll to read the article

 

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 Here's a great follow up article after you've read the previous info. The one to pay special attention to is #3 & #7! There are also some great links in #7 you can follow up on. Just scroll to read the article.  

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This video is a Wake Up Call for all those who think the FDA works with the best interest of the public in mind! 

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ADA American Dental Association

Questions to Ask Your Dentist about Anesthesia and Sedation for Your Child.

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The ADA Comes Under Fire!!

Find out WHY your dentist doesn't tell you about Amalgam and it's deadly effects.

 

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FDA Public Health Notification: Patient Burns from Electric Dental Handpieces

This is to inform you about serious patient injuries, including third degree burns, associated with the use of poorly maintained electric dental handpieces, and to recommend specific actions to prevent or minimize the problem. While this notification is directed to dental health professionals, the following information may be useful to all users of electric handpieces.

 

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Safety Investigation of Patient Burns Associated with Electric Dental Handpieces and Electric Oral Bone-cutting Handpieces

The FDA is again alerting dental professionals that serious patient burns can occur when electric dental handpieces overheat during dental procedures. Burns may not be apparent to the operator or the patient until after the tissue damage has occurred, because the anesthetized patient cannot feel the tissue burning and the handpiece housing insulates the operator from the heated attachment. These burns range from first degree burns to third degree burns requiring reconstructive surgery.

The FDA first informed dental professionals of this problem in 2007 (see Public Health Notification: Patient Burns from Electric Dental Handpieces). In that notice, the FDA reminded users of the importance of properly maintaining the handpieces. Since the notice, the FDA has received numerous additional reports of patients being burned by electric dental handpieces.

 

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The International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO) 

For over thirty-five years, the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO) has been the global voice of scientific advancement and education in occlusion, neuromuscular dentistry, and TMJ/TMD diagnosis and treatment.

 

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Treatment: Lower Anatomical Lower Orthosis

Occlusion Connections™

A Place of Learning, Discovery, Support Guidance, Leadership

Occlusion Connections is a group of dental professionals who are dedicated toward promoting dental health and wellness to those in need nationally and internationally. It is comprised of a community of dentists and laboratory technicians who are trained and skilled in temporomandibular joint dysfunction, restorative/prosthetic and orthodontic/orthopedic dentistry.

 

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Clayton A. Chan, DDS - GNM Orthotic Helps TMD Speech Restrictions

Dr. Clayton Chan, D.D.S. in Las Vegas, NV helps 34 year old male TMD patient from London, UK who struggles with his speech and severe breathing problems struggles with his TMD problems due to restricted dental arches and failed orthodontics. Many ortho appliances were implemented but failed to provide the desired result. A video history and progress of Chris's GNM journey convey's his progression using a GNM orthotic and expansion orthodontics to the stage of his present treatment.

 

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