TOOTHPASTES WITH TRICLOSAN MORE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING DENTAL PLAQUE AND DECAY

TOOTHPASTES WITH TRICLOSAN MORE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING DENTAL PLAQUE AND DECAY  dentist Albuquerque

Data studied by The Cochrane Oral Health Group found that triclosan, an ingredient in many toothpastes, reduces the level of caries (dental decay), plaque formation, bleeding and gingivitis. The triclosan reacts with a copolymer to bring about these results.

The study found that the addition of triclosan to fluoride toothpastes produced a 22 percent reduction of plaque, 22 percent reduction in gingivitis, a 48 percent reduction in bleeding gums and 5 percent lowering of cavities.  The rate of periodontal disease did not seem to be affected.

A more detailed article on this study in the Online Dentistry Today can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental we encourage our patients to use effective toothpastes and will inform our patients about the effectiveness of various toothpastes.  We care about your health

Clark Family Dental, 87114

 

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I SPOTTED A GREAT BLUE HERON, PORCUPINE

s-Porcupine 2017s-Great Blue on Island  dentist Albuquerque

The past week I have been down in the Corrales Bosque several times, but the birding has been somewhat limited.  However, I did manage to get this shot of a Great Blue Heron perched on an island made up mostly of drifwood.  I also got a couple of shots of a pretty healthy looking Porcupine.    dentist 87114

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SILVER FILLINGS AND MERCURY TOXICITY

SILVER FILLINGS AND MERCURY TOXICITY

SILVER FILLINGS AND MERCURY TOXICITY   Dentist Albuquerque

In a comment to a recent blog on the Clark Family Dental website, the responder mentioned that he had a friend who had been told by his dentist that all of his metal fillings and crowns needed to be replaced.  He asked me if this was the right thing to do and asked if it would cost very much to replace his own fillings and crowns.
The short answer is that it would probably be the wrong thing to do, and it could cost quite a lot.

If you want a more complete response, I also said that I would post a more thorough blog on the issue of the health considerations around silver fillings and metal crowns. The more complete response follows:

First of all, about silver amalgam fillings:

In most communities in the US, there are dentists who promote their practice by announcing that they practice “metal-free dentistry.”  If  asked why they refuse to use metal fillings, some will reply that because of the mercury content in silver fillings, silver fillings are toxic and could harm their health.  There are literally thousands of websites and blogs that talk about a conspiracy between government agencies and the American Dental Association to hide the danger of silver fillings.  Many of them talk about the conspiracy’s willing effort to “poison our children.”

Silver fillings do have mercury in them.  Silver amalgam is a “eutectic alloy” of silver, mercury, tin, zinc and often copper.  In the metallic form, mercury poses no threat.  Mercury vapor, however, is quite toxic in certain concentrations.  So, swallowing a silver filling releases no mercury inside the body, and passes through the GI system unscathed.  However, vigorous chewing on large surfaced amalgam fillings does release microscopic amounts of mercury vapor into the mouth, most of which is expired into the atmosphere.

The general scientific consensus is that if you have a large number of silver fillings and chew a lot of crunchy foods, you will probably release about as much mercury vapor as you would eating an occasional tuna fish sandwich.  I live right on the edge—I have silver fillings in my mouth, AND eat seafood about once a week.

The biggest outcry in the US about silver fillings occurred in 1990 with a “60 Minutes” segment on dental amalgam that was called “Poison In Your Mouth.” The show was repeated in 2007, and had interviews with several dentists who warned about the supposed danger of silver fillings, and several patients who claimed to have been poisoned by their silver fillings.

I have been practicing dentistry for decades and have reviewed dozens of thorough scientific studies, many involving hundreds of thousands of subjects, about the toxicity of silver fillings.  They convince me that silver fillings are one of the safest foreign materials used to augment the body, second only to titanium.   Although the silver-hating theorists report studies of their own, they appear to me to be flawed and subjective.

By way of support, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewed 200 scientific articles and another 70 abstracts regarding the safety of silver amalgam fillings.  The FDA stated that “dental amalgam is a commonly used device with a low risk of adverse events reported to the agency.”  The American Dental Association warned dentists that if they talked patients into removing silver amalgam fillings and replacing them with other types of fillings because of the asserted health risks of silver fillings, they were violating ethical standards and could be prosecuted for fraud and malpractice.

If you consider the ADA and the FDA to be a part of the evil mercury-loving conspiracy, Consumer Reports weighed in on silver fillings in a book titled, “Health Schemes, Scams, and Frauds.”  The book concluded: “in CU’s view, dentists who purport to treat health problems by ripping out fillings are putting their own economic interests ahead of their patients’ welfare.  The false diagnosis of mercury-amalgam toxicity has such harmful potential and shows such poor judgment on the part of the practitioner that CU believes dentists who engage in this practice should have their license revoked.”  I agree.

The silver-hating theorists give several reasons why they believe dentist are happy to “poison our children.” They say dentists are “lazy.” That’s probably the best reason they give, because silver fillings are easier to do properly.

The silver-hating theorists also say that the silver fillings cost the dentists more to perform.  That is absolutely false.  Materials used to do resin fillings are more expensive than the materials used to do silver fillings, and the products needed to produce ceramic or gold fillings are many times more expensive.  The dental materials manufacturers also make much more in the sale of resin, gold and ceramic materials than they do with silver amalgam materials, so they have little financial reason to promote silver over alternative materials.

The silver-hating theorists say that it is more profitable for dentists to do silver fillings.  That is absolutely false.  Nearly all dentists charge, and most insurance schedules allow about 50% to 100% more for resin fillings than for silver fillings. We make about six to seven times more doing ceramic or gold fillings.  They mention glass-ionomer fillings as a worthy substitute for silver, but the glass ionomer fillings usually last 20 -30% as long as silver fillings.  If silver amalgam fillings were outlawed it would greatly improve my financial bottom-line.

I have yet to have heard a good reason from the silver-hating theorists why dentists want to “poison our children.”  Sounds to me like a terrible practice builder.

And then there is “Hormesis.”  Hormesis is a subset of toxicology that studies the effect of very low doses of natural and man-made toxins.  Toxicology usually teaches that the harmful effects of toxins are reduced as the dose is lowered, until there is zero harm below a certain dose.  Hormesis, however, suggests that below these low doses, toxins actually prosper the animal or plant.

Studies have been done on ionizing radiation, mercury, arsenic, various pesticides and many other toxins and have reported that very low doses promoted good health in the plant or animal studied.  The FDA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have both done studies on mercury that support the concept of hormesis.  This suggests that maybe, maybe the minute amounts of mercury vapor released from silver fillings are not just benign, but maybe beneficial. We should see over time if this concept proves to be correct.

This seems to make sense.  Consider that every vitamin and every mineral essential for life can kill you if the dose is too high.  Even drinking water in very large amounts can kill you.  I usually read about one newspaper article a year about some parent who has done a “water cure” on their child and killed them.  The excess water in the blood causes the red blood cells to explode and the brain dies from lack of oxygen.

As I mentioned, I have had many silver fillings placed in my own mouth (I know, I know…why would a dentist EVER get cavities), and have in recent years placed silver fillings in my childrens’ mouths, and recommended them in my grand-childrens’ mouths.

About metal crowns:

Study after study have shown gold alloy crowns to be safe, except in an extremely small percentage of the population who are allergic to gold, silver or palladium.  Titanium crowns are tolerated even better.

Stainless steel crowns, however, are a problem for many people.  About 50% of the female population in the US is allergic to nickel, largely as a result of getting stainless steel ear-rings and studs from infancy and older.  The male population is currently less allergic to nickel, but that is changing, largely due to the increasing number of men getting metal studs and ear-rings.  Stainless steel crowns are an alloy with nickel, and many of the patients who have them develop unpleasant or horrible allergic reactions from these crowns.

Porcelain and Ceramic crowns certainly have their advantages.  They are tolerated by the body very well if the fit is accurate.  The beauty and natural appearance of these crowns are unexcelled.  However, their strength and accuracy of fit are usually not as great as metal crowns, but are usually very adequate.

Conclusion:

Silver amalgam and resin fillings can be done with a high degree of success in most instances, and I am happy to do either when the patient requests them.  I usually point out that the silver fillings are more durable and cheaper than resin fillings, but are not very beautiful.  I almost always use resin fillings on front teeth that need to be filled.

I often use gold alloy crowns or porcelain-to-metal crowns on posterior teeth. I routinely use porcelain or porcelain-to-metal crowns on front teeth.

Dr. Guy C. Clark will answer all questions about Silver Fillings and Mercury Toxicity

Albuquerque Dentist

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TIME-HONORED CEREMONY FOR NEW LOS RANCHOS FIRE TRUCK

TIME-HONORED CEREMONY FOR NEW LOS RANCHOS FIRE TRUCK  Albuquerque dentist

Firefighters and local citizens worked together to push the new fire truck into its berth in the Los Ranchos fire station.  Although the new truck was quite capable of pulling into the station in reverse, the tradition from the days of horse drawn fire trucks was honored in this ceremony.

The new Pierce Velocity engine comes at a cost of over half a million dollars, most of which was paid by the village of Los Ranchos and Bernalillo County.  The village provides the facility and equipment, while the county provides staffing and service.

A more detailed article on the new fire-wagon in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

Clark Family Dental, Albuquerque 87114

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STUDY SHOWS HOW CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS CAN BE CAUSED BY HIGH BLOOD SUGAR

STUDY SHOWS HOW CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS CAN BE CAUSED BY HIGH BLOOD SUGAR  dentist Albuquerque

Research at the University of California, Davis, also collaborated by work at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, showed that high blood levels can lead to cardiac arrhythmias, a major cause of heart attacks, stroke and death. Most of the work centered around the high blood sugar levels in diabetes sufferers, who have four times the rate of heart attacks found in the general population.

The research centered around a specific sugar molecule that linked in cardiac cells with a protein, known as CaMKII.  The protein CaMKII is known to regulate normal calcium levels, electrical activity and pumping action of the heart. This linkage causes pathological changes in the electrical activity of the heart, leading to full-blown arrhythmias in the heart muscle.

The study also gives insight into the damaging activity that high blood sugar can have in neurological diseases, retina and kidney diseases, where similar molecular interactions can affect the biology of those organs.

An article on this research in dentistrytoday.com can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental, we have encouraged our patients to avoid excess sugar in their diets because of the effect sugar has on the teeth and periodontal tissues.  We now have another major reason to encourage patients to be cautious about their intake of refined sugar.

We care about your health.

Clark Family Dental, Albuquerque, NM 87114

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ALZEIMERS DRUG USED TO GENERATE TOOTH DENTIN IN STUDY

ALZEIMERS DRUG USED TO GENERATE TOOTH DENTIN IN STUDY  Albuquerque dentist

Research done at the Dental Institute at King’s College London discovered a new way to repair tooth decay by enhancing the tooth’s natural reparative ability with an Alzheimer’s drug.

The living tissue within the tooth, called the dental pulp, is able to produce what is called secondary dentin, when assaulted by dental decay.  The pulp is able to produce a thin protective layer of dentin between the pulp and the decay.  This also occurs when dentists treat the tooth decay with various types of chemicals. The layer is thin and does not replace the bulk of the tooth structure destroyed by decay, but is used as a base under the filling.

The researchers found a way to stimulate the pulp of the tooth to replace significant amounts of tooth structure by stimulating stem cells within the pulp using the Alzheimer’s drug, Tideglusib.  The drug was placed inside the tooth in collagen pellets that were replaced by tooth dentin over time, potentially reducing the need for artificial fillings to repair the lesion.

One of the advantages of the drug is that it has already passed testing in treating Alzheimer’s disease, making it available in a much shorter time than working with a new, untested drug.

This work is preliminary, as it was done in laboratory studies on rats, but the results are very promising and will shortly be tested on human dentition.

An article in sciencedaily.com on this research can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental, we already use medications that promote the production of secondary dentin to augment the natural reparative processes, although it does not restore the bulk of the lost tooth material.  We will follow this research and let patients know if it develops into the treatment it is hoped to become in human teeth.

Clark Family Dental

Albuquerque, NM 87114

 

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COUGAR IN THE CORRALES BOSQUE

COUGAR IN THE CORRALES BOSQUE  Albuquerque Dentist

A Corrales resident spotted large animal tracks in the Corrales Bosque, took numerous photos, and had them identified by New Mexico Game and Fish as large Mountain Lion tracks.

Game and Fish related that a male Mountain Lion out of Socorro has been known to roam the Rio Grande corridor up past Corrales.  They have been known roam areas up to 300 square miles, looking for deer, their favorite prey.

Decades ago, animal control was called out when a Cougar was found in the garage of a Corrales resident, but I am not aware of any eye witness sightings of Mountain Lions in the Corrales area in years.

The big cats are very happy to snare a dog or a cat, and the most likely time for that to occur is in early morning, or at dusk.

An article on the Cougar situation from KOB TV can be read here.

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PREGNANT PERIODONTAL PATIENTS MORE LIKELY TO HAVE “PREMIES” AND LOW BIRTH WEIGHT BABIES Albuquerque dentist

PREGNANT PERIODONTAL PATIENTS MORE LIKELY TO HAVE “PREMIES” AND LOW BIRTH WEIGHT BABIES     Albuquerque dentist

Based on recent studies that indicate that periodontal disease in pregnant women can contribute to low birth weight and premature delivery, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) have issued recommendations that pregnant women maintain good periodontal practices to insure proper health for themselves and their babies.

Low birth weight and premature delivery in babies can lead to a host of problems for the infant, including vision and hearing loss, respiratory problems, as well as feeding and digestive problems.

Bacteria that cause periodontal disease have been implicated in senile dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and coronary artery disease.  These recent revelations indicate that the health of their babies may be at risk, as well.

Periodontal disease is usually a disease of choice, a disease that can usually be prevented with consistent, thorough tooth-brushing and flossing, as well as dental exams and/or treatment.  We recommend that most adults should use electric toothbrushes for five to six minutes per day, and floss at least once a day.

Most people seemed to think that the mouth was a corollary to Las Vegas:  “What happens in the mouth stays in the mouth.”  This is obviously (now) far from the truth, and dental disease can have far-reaching consequences.

Drs. Lindsay and Clark will be glad to answer any of your questions on periodontal disease and its consequences.

An article in Science Daily gives more details on this story.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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CITY OF RIO RANCHO TO DROP RED-LIGHT CAMERAS, BUT ADDING FOUR SPEED-DETECTION VANS

CITY OF RIO RANCHO TO DROP RED-LIGHT CAMERAS, BUT ADDING FOUR SPEED-DETECTION VANS

The Rio Rancho City Council voted to double the number of speed-detection vans from four to eight while removing red light cameras from the city. The city’s Safe Traffic Operations Program, or STOP, is renewing the contract with Redflex Traffic System to manage this program.

The vans will issue warnings instead of citations for the first 30 days, then will issue citations for speeding. Redflex will receive payment for citations based on a sliding scale, $40 dollars per citation up to 100, reducing in amount thereafter. The state and city will split additional revenue, the city portion being used to purchase police vehicles. It is expected to raise $500,000 in revenue over the next four years.

Demonstrators gathered outside city hall, protesting the Redflex contract, saying that live officers were a better deterrent to speeders.

Clark Family Dental, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114

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SPOTTED RUFOUS MORPH RED-TAILED HAWK IN CORRALES BOSQUE

SPOTTED RUFOUS MORPH RED-TAILED HAWK IN CORRALES BOSQUE

s-Rufous Morph Red-tailed HawkOn Saturday, I spotted a Red-tailed Hawk that was a bit unusual for this area and time of year.  It is called a Rufous Morph Red-tailed Hawk.  It is much darker than the usual Red-tails that we see in the Corrales Bosque.  It has a very orange chest and is dark brown almost everywhere else.  I wasn’t able to see the dorsal side of the tail to see the signature red color, but I am sure it was there, although it probably was more orange than the usual.

Clark Family Dental,  Albuquerque, NM 87114

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