BPA Exposure May Be Harmful To Children’s Teeth

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound that is used in the composition of plastics and resins.  It is currently used in the manufacturing of many brands of plastic cups, food containers and baby bottles in the United States and many other countries.  Many public health officials have become concerned that exposure to BPA may cause health problems in humans, specifically: problems with reproduction and development.  As a precautionary measure, Europe has prohibited the manufacturing and/or sale of baby bottles containing BPA.  France will extend this ban to all food containers in 2015.  As a result, a number of BPA-free products have been developed and can be found in popular retail outlets.  Now there is even more concern about exposure to BPA and the possible negative effects on dental health.

A recent study published in the Journal of Pathology, suggests that exposure to BPA may harm the enamel of certain children’s teeth. The study was conducted by a team of researchers from the Université Paris-Diderot and Inserm Unite 872 “Centre des Cordeliers.”  It looked at the effect of low levels of daily exposure to BPA on the tooth enamel of incisors of rats.  Microscopic observation of the enamel of the incisors showed a significant reduction in Ca/P and Ca/C ratios in affected teeth making them more fragile and brittle.  Analysis of the rats’ teeth showed numerous characteristics that are common with a tooth enamel pathology that selectively affects first molars and permanent incisors.  This condition known as Molar Incisor Hypomineralization, (MIH), affects roughly 18% of children between the ages of six and eight.

Clearly, more research is needed on this very important topic.  If you have questions about BPA exposure and your dental health, talk to your dentist today.

Posted on the Behalf of Pure Dental Health.

Sedation Dentistry: Is It For Me?

If your fear and anxiety about going to the dentist (dental phobia) is keeping you from getting the dental treatment you need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, you may be a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry.  Sedation Dentistry involves the use of medications to help patients relax during dental procedures.  It can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple dental cleaning.  How and when it is used depends on the severity of the dental phobia.

Many people use the term “Sedation Dentistry” to mean different things.  Some use this term to refer to the administration of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas).  Nitrous Oxide, when inhaled, causes you to become more relaxed, yet you are still conscious.  The effects of Nitrous Oxide wear off quickly and that is why this type of sedation is the only type where you can actually drive yourself home afterwards. Most of the time, when the term “Sedation Dentistry” is used, it refers to the use of oral sedative medications.  These medications cause you to become drowsy and you may even fall asleep, but, you can still be wakened.  With oral sedative medications, you may not even remember your dental treatment.  If you are having a dental procedure that causes pain, you will also be given a local anesthetic or numbing medication that is applied at the site where the dentist is working in your mouth.

Sedation Dentistry is a great option for patients with dental phobias.  It may also be used for patients who have a low pain threshold, can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair, have a severe gag reflex or who have extremely sensitive teeth.  It may also be a good option for patients who need to have a large amount of dental work completed at one time.

If your fear of the dentists is keeping you from getting the dental treatment you need, ask your dentist today about Sedation Dentistry.  Many dental practices, including Pure Dental Health in Atlanta, offer this important service for patients with dental phobias and other issues that make it difficult to receive dental treatment.

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Comfort at the Dentist’s Office

A More Comfortable Dental Experience

You know that you need to book a dentist appointment, but do not want to pick up the phone and call the dentist’s office.  You never look forward to the visits.  The offices are loud, you can smell mouthwash and fluoride, and you wish that you could just wish away every six-month appointment.

That was until you discovered Pure Dental Health.  Pure Dental Health is known for amenities to make your entire experience more enjoyable.  You can enjoy the dentist and actually want to come into the office for you 6-month visit.  Through this blog, you will learn how the Pure Dental Health team can make you like the dentist.  Keep reading to find out more!

Our Pure Dental Health Amenities

At Pure Dental Health, we offer a wide array of amenities to keep our patients satisfied.  We want patients to feel comfortable when they sit down in the dentist’s chair—not rushing to leave.  That is why we provide everything that you need to make your trip to the dentist more relaxing.

Some of the services and items that we provide include:

  • Wi-Fi Bar- we all like to stay connected, so why does that have to stop when you come into our office?  Access our computers or pull up Wi-Fi on your cellular device.
  • HD TV’s- catch up on your favorite television shows while you sit back and have your teeth cleaned.  You can enjoy your favorite sitcom and forget that you are in the dentist’s office. 
  • Noise Cancelation Headphones– some dental equipment can be loud, but that doesn’t mean that you have to hear it.  We provide you with the option to block out noise, listen to music, or watch television with our headphones.
  • Blankets– it can get cold in an office, so why not bundle up?  We provide blankets for your comfort so that you can feel at ease and warm throughout your entire visit.

All of our amenities are geared towards making you feel welcome and comfortable.  You can relax, soak in the environment, and experience exceptional dental care. You should be able to enjoy going to the dentist’s office—let us show you how that can be possible.

More Information about Pure Dental Health

If you are looking for a dental team that truly cares about your wellbeing and dental health, then look no further than Pure Dental Health. We are here to offer you a multitude of treatments, services, and amenities for your comfort and convenience.

To find out more information about our procedures and to learn more about what makes the Pure Dental Health experience unique, call our office to schedule a consultation.  You will be smiling once you do!

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