What Materials Are Used To Fill Cavities? What is BPA?

What is an Amalgam Filling?

There has been great debate in the public about the materials we use to fill teeth that have decay (cavities). There has been a movement away from amalgam fillings (metal) due to the concern for its mercury content and the health hazards a leaking filling might cause. Not to mention the appearance of the silver fillings are not the most esthetic and today patients want a solution that is both esthetic and durable. While there isn’t any concrete data to verify the toxicity of this material, many providers such as myself have chosen to not use this material due to an alternative material that is more natural-looking and just as strong.

What About Natural-Looking Fillings?

This material is called the composite resin or “white filling”. The early composite fillings were prone to leakage and breakage due to weak compressive strengths. Today, the material has been engineered to have excellent strength and great durability against wear. Not to mention, it is available in a multitude of shades that are made to match the color of a person’s tooth for a natural, life-like result.

What is BPA? Should I Be Concerned?

Just like its amalgam counterpart, even composite material has come under fire lately due to the presence of BPA (Bisphenol-A), which is found in many consumer plastics products and food packaging. There is concern about hormonal effects this material may cause. Short-term studies show that the usage has insignificant results, but there is a lack of any true long-term studies to date. The American Dental Association (www.ADA.org) confirms this as well and states they are safe in dental materials.

What Do You Use Dr. Asinmaz?

To err on the side of caution, we use only BPA-free composite materials for fillings and bondings. We are proud to continuously be at the forefront of dental technology and more importantly, to show concern for the well-being of our patients.

 

How to Stop Bad Breath in its Tracks

Can you remember the last time you had an uncomfortable conversation with a close talker? Most people associate bad breath with onions and garlic, and many times it is just a single occurrence. Bad breath, or halitosis, however, is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for people to seek dental care—behind tooth decay and periodontal disease (gum disease).

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The Negative Effects of Dry Mouth on your Teeth

Dry Mouth – Xerostomia

Many common medications have the side effect of causing dry mouth (xerostomia), which can adversely affect oral health. Dry mouth is a recipe for disaster. Our saliva contains natural antibodies which help fight off bacteria, and decreased salivary flow limits the number of antibodies available and will put you at a higher risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Remember, if your mouth often feels dry, then it’s possible that you may already have some level of dry mouth.  

14 Easy Ways to Help Protect Your Teeth in 2014

With the beginning of 2014 comes the return of our New Year’s resolutions. Each of us has our own personal list of goals and accomplishments we wish to achieve. Many of these resolutions revolve around health and fitness and so I’d like to talk a little bit about some daily routines that you may implement into improving your oral and systemic health this New Year. Here are 14 easy ways to help protect your teeth for 2014:

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The Holidays and Your Dental Health

The holiday season has arrived and with that so have the festivities! I have always loved the holiday season because of time spent with friends and family, but also because I get to enjoy one of life’s true joys… food! From turkey to pecan pie to wine, it is my unquestioned favorite time of the year. It probably is for most of you as well! Without trying to be a downer though, it is important to emphasize that what we eat during this time does affect our health in many ways. My personal motto is simple, enjoy what you want to… in moderation. That being said, there are foods that bring a higher rate of decay to our teeth (cariogenicity).

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