If your patients are fans of Dr. Oz, be prepared for their questions about the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. The Dr. Oz Show will focus today on the question, “Are your silver fillings making you sick?”
The American Dental Association has long argued that dental amalgam is a safe, affordable and durable material that has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. The Chicago Dental Society supports that position, as it is based on scientific reviews by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Life Sciences Research Office, the American Medical Association and other respected organizations.
Read more about the ADA’s position online.
As in all cases, patients are encouraged to talk to their dentists about their oral health concerns – including those regarding the use of amalgam fillings.
Here are a few more resources to consider when patients come to you with questions about amalgam:
Back in 2005, we surveyed
our members to find out whether they thought men or women were more
fearful in the dental chair. Almost half of dentists surveyed said
men are more anxious than woman about visiting the dentist,
compared to 36 percent who felt there was no difference and 14
percent who thought women were more nervous. Shortly after our
findings came out, a study done in Canada found that female
patients report being more afraid of the dentist than men.
Four years later, the
Edomonton Journal revisits this issue, with some interesting
- As suspected, men do underreport their fear of the dentists, or
perhaps exaggerate their comfort with the dentist.
- Evidence suggests that fear of dental pain is a "learned
- Those with dental fear have similar pain thresholds as patients
without dental anxiety.
- According to a survey by the Massachusetts Dental Society,
women are far more likely to request cosmetic procedures.
It is true that men are more afraid of the dentist.<br /><a href="http://www.bcdentalcare.ca/CosmeticDentistry/tabid/471/Default.aspx" rel="nofollow">Thornhill Dentist</a>
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Posted by: al (email@example.com) on 05/16/2011
Crain's Communications has posted an
article on how dental benefits are faring in the economy. The
article cites a survey
conducted by CDS last fall that found 22 percent of Chicagoans
had a family member with an untreated dental issue and almost half
were without insurance.
In addition, the American Dental Association reports that its
survey of members has found "dentists' decreased incomes and gross billings
decreased in the fourth quarter of 2008 vs. the third quarter."
First-quarter 2009 statistics do show "a small improvement," the
news is still bad, said Wayne Wendling, managing VP of the ADA's
Health Policy Resource Center, to
However, employers and employment consultants are saying that
dental benefits coverage--and employees' use of the benefit is
"While we hear
from dentists that the amount of work being done is less than it
was last year, our claim activity does not show that,'' said Jon
Seltenheim, senior vp of customer service operations at dental
insurer United Concordia Cos. Inc. in Harrisburg, Pa.
"The dentists that I speak with are saying they are having fewer
requests for cosmetic procedures and in some cases are seeing
openings in their hygiene schedules, which they rarely see, but
it's too early to have any strong conclusions. Hopefully, we'll see
some clarity in the middle part of the third quarter," Mr.
One insurer tells reporter Louise Kertesz that fear of layoffs may
be spiking demand for preventative dental services:
Chris Swanker, VP
of group dental and vision for New York-based Guardian Life
Insurance Co. of America, said the industry's emphasis on
preventive services, plan designs that stretch benefits-including
allowing annual maximums to roll over-and fears of layoffs are
"driving a fairly substantial increase in utilization...."
Mr. Hirschberg said there has been "some trail-off'' in use of
higher-cost services such as orthodontia, which is covered at 50%
up to a certain maximum. "There's a slowdown, not that it fell off
the ledge," he said.
the full article
. Related: the ADA will be hosting its annual
Dental Benefits Conference
in August in Chicago. Attendance for
members is free.
CDS President Dr. David Kumamoto
interviewed for an
article on mouthguards and Little League. From Stan Goff at Dental Products
Do you talk with your patients about keeping their teeth safe
Great article by Sara Zarbock this morning in the Journal of the American Academy of
Physician Assistants, in which she urges better
collaboration between the medical and dental fields:
[Physician assistants] can have a major impact on the
oral health of their patients. If you haven't already, get to know
your local dentists and explore ways to develop partnerships.
Become more knowledgeable about the relationship of diseases of the
mouth to systemic disease. Be a voice for the importance of dental
insurance coverage, especially for children. Include, as part of
your early intervention efforts, counseling families, identifying
high-risk children, and initiating timely dental referrals.
Finally, ask yourself this question: "When was the last time I went
to the dentist?"