Toxic Dental Materials
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In this episode Dr. Marvin is going in depth about a subject many Dentists either avoid or just dont truly understand, and that is the toxic materials that are used in every day Dentistry. So with that, lets get going on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk Dentistry!
— Transcript of Today’s Show —
Good morning, this is Let’s Talk Dentistry. I am Dr. Marvin, thank you for joining me today. For the next 25 minutes, we’re going to talk about dentistry. That’s right, we talk about dentistry. For the last few years we’ve talked about dentistry every Saturday morning around this time. Hopefully this is not your first time; you’re a repeat listener, and you join me because you want to learn something new. That’s what we do. I am the owner and one of the dentists at The Center for Natural Dentistry, an office here in San Diego that offers a different approach to dentistry, a more health-oriented approach, an approach that’s more common sense. We like to think that we’re doing the best dentistry around. That’s right, dentistry should be about the best dentistry for your health, not for your teeth. That’s what I talk about every single week.
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Last week we talked a lot about certain things that you should look for certain things that you should look for in a dentist. I have a lot of people who ask me to refer them to a dentist in their area. Unfortunately, there aren’t many dentists who do what I do. Since there aren’t many dentists, I can’t really refer people to anyone. I did offer some tips on what to look for and what to ask. A lot of people just don’t know what questions to ask. If you missed last week’s show, go to our website or just tune in every single week. Maybe I’ll repeat a lot of the topics that I have previously talked about.
Let’s talk about today’s show. Today I wan to talk about toxic dental materials. This is a topic that you’re not going to get to talk with your dentist about, either because they don’t want to talk to you about it, because they don’t know about it, or they don’t have time to talk to you about it. That’s one thing I talked about last week. When you’re talking to your dentist, ask them good questions and see how they respond. If they respond like, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about, that’s fine. Listen to my answer, and then that’s it. Let’s move forward with the treatment.’ That’s not the type of dentist you probably want to be with. You need to ask the right questions first, and that’s what that show was about.
Today we’re going to talk about toxic dental materials and some questions that you may want to ask your dentists, and also some bottom line statements that are really going to blow the socks off. Let’s talk about plastic fillings. Other names for plastic fillings could be composite fillings or resin fillings. These are white colored or tooth colored fillings. They have lots of different shades. There are a lot of different manufacturers out there making these. There are literally thousands of different types of these white, plastic fillings. There is another category of white fillings called glass ionomers. They just really haven’t caught on. We don’t use them in our office. They have a lot of fluoride in them, and one of the things we don’t believe in is a lot of fluoride. That is used a lot in fillings for cavities, but I want to touch more on the resin or composite fillings that most dentists are using. We use composite fillings too. Some things you need to be on the lookout for with composite fillings are the fluoride. Since we’re not a big fluoride user or promoter, we choose filling materials that don’t have fluoride. On the other side there are a lot of dentists that love to have fluoride in everything. There are manufacturers that are placing fluoride in these fillings because they think there’s a benefit. They think fluoride should just be put in everything and if they expose the patient to more fluoride, that can be good. As you know, fluoride is a poison. That’s the reason why on your toothpaste it’s an active ingredient. If you wanted a high fluoride toothpaste you would need a prescription for it, because it is a drug. It’s a medication. We don’t like exposing more toxins to people than necessary, so we’re not going to be placing fillings that have fluoride in them.
There’s also aluminum in these white fillings and barium in these fillings. A lot of these fillings have metals in them, even though they don’t show up as silver or gold. They have metals in them specifically for the dentists to be able to notice that they are fillings in future x-rays. If they put a filling into your mouth, they like to know that it is a filling on the x-ray so they won’t think that it is a cavity. It does have some good reasons why they put metals in there, but it’s not a good enough reason for me. I want to make sure that we use the least toxic materials possible.
The next ingredient in plastic fillings are these BPA type of derivatives. We’re talking about bis GMA and bis DMA and there’s a difference between those two, but for the most part, if you haven’t heard of BPA, it stands for bisphenol A. It’s controversial because it’s a chemical that is found in a lot of plastics. There is a lot of food and drink packaging. It’s found in water bottles; that’s why you see a lot of BPA free bottles out now. Toys, compact discs, foods, cups, there’s a lot of products that are plastic that have BPA in them. What happens is that BPA leaks out of the plastic. It can actually get into your food and the chemical will go into your body. Lab studies have shown that BPA interferes with health hormones operating in the body, such as the production, secretion, function and elimination practices. It’s like estrogen. If it’s like estrogen, your body’s going to react as if it were estrogen. You want to minimize your exposure to BPA. BPA, bis GMA and bis DMA are found in a lot of filling materials. I mean a lot of these composite filling materials. If you’re like me and want to minimize your amount of exposure to them, then you probably don’t want to have BPA in your filling materials. Unfortunately most dentists are unaware of this and they won’t know anything about them. That’s my talk about BPA.
There are other characteristics about composite fillings, pros and cons. Some of them can bond better, some of them have more strength, some of them are easier to place, but that’s for the dentists to deal with. If your dentist wants to be fast and do more or get through the procedure quicker, then he may use a different filling material, just because it has those properties. In our office, we want to use materials that not only last, that have a nice color, that are easier for us to use, that bond well but also are less toxic. That’s very important. Most dentists wont’s choose a different filling material just because you ask for it. They pretty much have one brand of plastic filling material, and they’re going to use what they’ve always used. That’s on particular toxic dental material that most dentists and most people aren’t aware of. That’s the reason we have this show.
You’re listening to Let’s Talk Dentistry. I am Dr. Marvin, a licensed dentist here in California that does biological, holistic, healthy dentistry, and that’s what this show is all about. Today we’re talking to you about toxic dental materials. We’re going to talk a little bit about mercury amalgam fillings.
I just read an article where a dentist says they should not be called mercury fillings, because there’s only a small amount of mercury. I’ve got to tell you, that person’s been brainwashed by the American Dental Association. The amount of mercury in mercury amalgam fillings is over 50%. If it’s over 50%, that means the majority of it is mercury. If the majority of it is mercury, they should be calling them mercury fillings, not silver fillings. Though there are very good things about mercury fillings (such as they’re very functional, they’re strong and the do last), dentists are taught that they have very little mercury, but that’s untrue.
As you know, mercury is a poison. We should minimize our exposure to these poisons. It even says on the box that we should not use them in children under six years old or women that are of child bearing age. There are also other metals in the amalgam, because the mercury amalgam is a mixture. It can have copper in it, and tin, zinc and silver. All of those can cause health issues with you, so again, know your dental materials. Know your plastic materials, know your mercury fillings. There’s also porcelain restorations. Porcelain restorations can be made out of inlays, enlays, there’s just as many porcelain materials as there are filling materials. You just can’t say porcelain, there’s E. Max, there’s lithium disilicate, there’s zirconium, there’s feldspathic, then there are other formulations out there.
There are so many dental materials out there that there’s no way any one person could be up to date with every single material in dentistry. There are crowns out there, metal crowns. If you ask your dentist to make a porcelain crown, they may choose a porcelain that’s baked on to metal. Theses metals act as a substructure for strength, but they also contain nickel. Nickel is cancer-causing, it’s a neurological toxin. There’s also palladium, cobalt, cadmium, barium, it’s not just all precious metals like gold and platinum. It’s a mixture. The more gold in it, the softer it is, but also the more expensive. Since the price of gold has increased so much, a lot of dentists aren’t even placing gold restorations. Just because it’s yellow gold doesn’t mean it’s 100% gold. Just like when you buy jewelry you can get 10k or 15k gold, it’s not pure, 24k gold. It’s an alloy and it’s lower quality. It has less gold content. That’s the same thing with a lot of dentistry and these crowns or bridges that these dentists are placing.
Be very cautious of what dentists put into your mouth, because it’s not only going to cost you to do the dentistry, but it’s also going to cost you in the time, energy, and money to replace the dentistry that other person did. I am all about preserving tooth structure. If you come to me and I say you need to do a certain crown, but you go to another dentist because it’s $50 cheaper, you may have to come back to me. I’ll tell you that the material they used was not compatible to you and it’s affecting your health. I’ll go ahead and take it off, but there’s going to be more damage to your tooth by doing the dentistry a second time. Why didn’t we do it the first time? Because people are trying to save a buck. That’s not what we’re here for. We’re here to provide the best dentistry with the knowledge and expertise to know which material to use.
Be very careful when you go to dentists and you ask for porcelain crowns. They could be using metal crowns, and the porcelain could be bad. There’s aluminum and iron oxides in porcelain. There’s a lot of materials in porcelain. I had a person come up to me at the Earth Fair that told me that the dentist placed an E. Max (that’s a newer porcelain restoration) in his mouth, and he knew immediately that it was not good for his health, but the dentist insisted that the E. Max was perfect. Well, he had a lot of health issues because of that tooth. He had to force the dentist to take that E. Max restoration out of his mouth. When he did, he instantly felt better. How can this be, when supposedly all the manufacturers did all these tests and all these dentists are telling everyone that it’s a good material to use? They’re not checking the biocompatibility with individuals. That’s very important.
Same thing in this last couple of weeks. I had a patient come in with zirconium. A lot of biological dentists and regular dentists are starting to love this zirconia dental material, BruxZir crowns, and all these. We took it out of one patient’s mouth. She had three of them. Two were on root canal treated teeth, but the root canal treated teeth were fine. We took out the crowns, and within three days she had these little boils on the skin of her face that were completely eliminated, because we eliminated the toxins that were affecting here health. It could be affecting her health, and in another person it couldn’t affect their health. That’s some of the stuff we do; we test beforehand.
What about titanium implants? Titanium is used a lot. Since we do ceramic, zirconium implants, we don’t place titanium implants anymore. Titanium has its issues. Just ask Dick Van Dyke and all his issues that went away: headaches, migraines, getting sick more often, everything could come from toxic dental materials.
Do you have a denture? Do you have a flipper? Do you have a partial denture? A lot of these dentures are made out of materials that have cadmium in it. Cadmium is a neuro-toxin. The teeth themselves, the wires that they use can have stainless steel or nickel chromium. Those are bad for you. Polymethyl methacrylate is a material used in bike parts and for the pink parts of partials and dentures. If your dentist is using those and you have redness on your gums, you could be allergic to it. Polymethyl methacrylate, I want you to go and find a tube of super glue and look at the ingredients. That’s what it is. When you crack open super glue and you smell it, it has a strong smell; you have to take a step back. Those materials are constantly giving off fumes. If they’re constantly giving off fumes and you keep them in your mouth for a long time, what’s the long term effects of that?
Orthodontics, sleep apnea appliances, there are dental materials everywhere. Dentists are not checking to see if they’re good for you. They’re just using them because that’s what they’ve done in the past, and that’s what their colleagues use. It’s very important that you make the right decision.
So let’s get to the bottom line. If you want to live a long, healthy lifestyle, you need to make a decision to minimize the amount of toxins in your life. We’re talking about the air you breathe, the food you eat, whatever you put in your mouth, drinks, whatever you smoke, whatever you put on your body, your lotion, your antiperspirant, your make up, your clothes that you wear, the sheets that you sleep on, your bed, the mold in your house, the air in your house, the air outside of your house, the air inside your car, the food, when you go outside, when you go cycling on your bicycle. Is the air you breathe healthy? You need to make decisions on whether those are good for you. Think of it as accumulating over time. If you’re accumulating these toxins over time and you want to minimize your health risks, then you need to make choices to minimize your toxins. That’s what we’re talking about in dentistry. We want to minimize your exposure to toxins. Just because you have a little bit of BPA in a filling doesn’t mean that you don’t get to add all that BPA from the plastic container or the plastic tupperware you cooked your food with in the microwave. It doesn’t take into account the liquid that your drinking with BPA from the water bottle. It’s all accumulating over time. What you need to do is prevent toxins from your life. It’s much better to know what’s going on before hand so you can make a decision whether you want to increase your burden of toxicity. Personally I feel that toxicity causes chronic illnesses. It causes a lot of inflammation. Your body is reacting to all these toxins constantly over time, then pretty much your immune system gives up. Then you start becoming more prone to illness; you get other chronic diseases like heart troubles, strokes, diabetes, auto-immune problems, you name it. Most chronic illnesses are an inflammatory disease, and a lot of people are going after the wrong topic. The topic should be “toxins.”
If you start developing symptoms, figure out the cause, but a lot of times it’s difficult to do that or it’s too late to do that. If you are going to be proactive with your health you want to try to minimize your exposure to toxins, not only in dentistry but all over, but if it is in dentistry I want you to go to a dentist that understands that dental materials can be and are toxic. Those type of dentists will go out and search to find out what material is best, because there’s not one best material but the better materials, and that dentist is going to test each patient before the dentistry is performed. That’s one thing we pride ourselves in at The Center for Natural Dentistry. We test our materials before we use them. We don’t want to test afterward. We don’t want to just not test and hope that the material doesn’t react to you. We test before hand, and that’s very important. We don’t charge an additional fee to test these materials. We also use biocompatible materials like BPA free, fluoride free, and zirconium implants, and feldspathic porcelain. We test these materials way ahead of time, so we have a good idea of how to prepare the teeth and how long it’s going to take. It’s just an extra or additional level of care that I believe that most dentists are not doing or they don’t care to do.
Finally there is always some level of toxicity in all dental materials. Yes I am a purist, but the best dental material to repair your teeth with a lot of times is your own enamel. Unfortunately we’re not growing teeth and we don’t have the enamel in a dispenser that we can put on your teeth. Enamel is very brittle, we can’t grow it, and we can’t bond it to your teeth. Don’t even think about that idea of putting on enamel just yet. When it comes to dental materials we have to use the safest material even though it’s not the ideal or the original material.
One other idea that I don’t want you to forget is that just because it worked for me doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t work for you. A lot of dentist when they’re talking about amalgam fillings will say, “Look I have an amalgam filling in my mouth and I’m OK.” Well that’s not a very good reason, because they may not be OK on the inside. They just don’t feel any symptoms. The second thing is it may be OK for them, but for someone else it could be toxic, because they’re not testing individuals. That’s another problem. When you ask a dentist if they would do it all over again (place a mercury filling in their mouth) they would say they would put something different. They would put something white that obviously doesn’t have mercury in it. You do have the choice, if it’s for your child, for your spouse, or for yourself, I want you to choose health. You don’t know what material or what toxin could put you over the edge and eventually cause a cancer or a chronic illness that everyone hopes that they never get. God forbid that we get these, but a lot of people, even the young people are getting ill. We are supposedly the smartest, healthiest country out there, and that really irks me. This is where capitalism and health care just don’t match up. When you go to a doctor they’re looking at your health interests, but they’re also looking out for their pocket book. It’s a very difficult decision for dentists to do or doctors to do. Just remember where they’re coming from, and of course prevention is key.
Let’s stop talking about how fluoride can prevent cavities, when eating healthy can prevent cavities. That’s very important. When you’re over weight we don’t talk about the surgery or the tummy tuck. Let’s talk about the diet and the exercise that should be the focus. Let’s get down to the cause.
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