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At 9:31am on October 13, 2008, Lee Bass said…
Thanks for the welcome. Look forward to using the website.
At 9:24am on October 13, 2008, Darrell Pruitt said…
Kevin, I found it appaling that the new president of the ADA would say that we should “…maintain as much control for dentists as government will allow.” I'm interested in your thoughts about my efforts to regain control of dentistry for dentists. Should I tone down the vitriol? Please be frank. Darrell
At 2:00pm on October 9, 2008, Darrell Pruitt said…
I submitted this to be published in the Twelfth Night, the journal of the Fort Worth District Dental Society. They tolerate me. Darrell
More bad news about BPA

On October 6, the FDA posted ominous news about dental materials on its FDA News website titled, “Devices With BPA Added to FDA’s ‘Hot Topics’ List.”

“Medical devices containing the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) - such as dialysis tubing, blood oxygenators and dental sealants - are now on the FDA’s radar and soon will become an area of concern for consumers and industry, an expert says.”

The remainder of the article is viewable by subscribers only. More news will be posted on this elsewhere soon enough. For those who do not understand the implications of BPA toxicity, if it is a dental device, and it is not made of metal or porcelain, it is plastic and it leaches bisphenol A.

A few months ago I wrote an article for the Twelfth Night mentioning that BPA was beginning to be suspected of causing a list of diseases, and that this news fortunately makes it easier to sell amalgams. I am now ashamed that I was more flippant than concerned. Since then, the evidence has become more credible - including studies by numerous respected institutions. The science against dental plastics is much better than the science against amalgams and fluoride. And the list of bad things from BPA is growing. Two days following the FDA announcement, the journal Environmental Health Perspectives posted the results of a University of Cincinnati study that blames BPA for cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy. (pdf available)

In an article about the research posted by UC in its Health News , lead researcher Nira Ben-Jonathan, PhD, explains that even though BPA has a similar chemical structure as the cancer-promoting compound diethylstilbestrol (DES), her team found that BPA isn’t exactly mimicking the action of DES

Dr. Ben-Jonathan says, “BPA does not increase cancer cell proliferation like DES does. It’s actually acting by protecting existing cancer cells from dying in response to anti-cancer drugs, making chemotherapy significantly less effective.”

This could indeed mean a drastic change in dental materials available for us to use, whether we like it or not. I should have been more serious.

I wonder if heat accelerates the release of BPA from denture plastic when a finicky and foul-mouthed old man puffs on short cigars. I know someone who would love an excuse to give up dentures.

Darrell Pruitt DDS

FDA News

2 UC study

3 Health News
At 8:54am on October 9, 2008, Susan said…
Kevin, thanks for the warm welcome and for passing on my information to Dr. Paul. Man and Machine is a manufacturer of washable keyboards and mice, mobile keyboards for blackberry now used by the Army and now our latest partnership with 3M and Samsung to manufacturer Private Eye Monitors-built-in-privacy filter... no wandering eyes can see what is on your monitor... only the computer operator. It was your story that brought me to PennWell and the introduction to Dr. Paul. I thank you for that.
Please keep in mind that if you have a medical, dental or professional idea or need that needs to be developed, we have genius working at Man-Machine. that can develop what you need.
Kevin, again, thanks for bringing me to your site and I will be checking in for interesting and innovative ideas.
At 1:00pm on October 8, 2008, Darrell Pruitt said…
How you doing, Kevin? I'm having a ball. Do you think I'm shaking up a few things in dentistry yet? I do. Darrell
At 10:04am on September 24, 2008, Lisa K Echols said…
Just called the number you listed, left a msg with my phone numbers. I will also be gone the rest of this week. Traveling to Tampa, FL tomorrow for the American Association of Dental Office Managers Conference. Looking forward to getting my "teapot filled".
At 9:56am on September 24, 2008, Lisa K Echols said…
Thanks for the warm welcome Kevin. I just happened on this site a little by accident. Very interesting. I see you are the Editor of Dental Assisting Digest. I have a topic for an article, but it would be more geared to the Administrative side of the Dental Office. I live in Kansas and am the administrator for a practice in Virginia. We accomplish this through the internet and on-site visits about every 6 weeks. When we started this in February 2008, my primary concern was whether I could be effective or not and help the practice grow. Our numbers have proven it can happen. I would love to share our story, you have any ideas where I should start?
At 9:57pm on May 11, 2008, Tina Calloway said…
Kevin do you get the opportunity to speak with other assistants when you are overseas? If so, what are some of there concerns and positive perspectives?
At 9:47am on May 11, 2008, Grace said…
Thanks Kevin:
Sorry I have been out of the loop lately, but I plan on giving you an article that I have been working on regarding assisting, and how to keep the love of our profession alive. Sorry we missed you at the Hinman, hope all is well with your family. Have been quite ill myself, and getting ready to back part time Monday after being out 6 lets see if I remember how to Assist again.
Thanks for adding me to your list,...How about that photo?? Thats my baby Uggie Buggie IV
At 10:18pm on May 10, 2008, Tina Calloway said…
Ok, no one ever said I was a spelling bee champ (assistance).
At 10:17pm on May 10, 2008, Tina Calloway said…
Ok great leader of mine- is it possible you could place a cool picture to represent the awesome "Dental Assistance Rock" group? P.S. elevator music can be very interesting when written by Aerosmith.
At 8:57pm on May 9, 2008, Ellen Neuenfeldt said…
HI Kevin!

This Pennwell Dental Group is quite interesting; I like it! And yes, I will see you (maybe in an elevator) at RDH Roof!
At 3:20pm on May 7, 2008, Kristen Wright said…
Happy to be your friend!
At 1:51pm on May 6, 2008, Laci L. Phillips said…
Woo Whoo!!! Here I am! Loving this site! Spent a ton of time here this morning, had to make myself leave to get work done!
At 6:51pm on April 30, 2008, Angie Russell said…
Thank you for the direction. I joined DA Rocks this evening!
At 12:49pm on April 30, 2008, Tina Calloway said…
Hello friend I joined DA ROCKS!! This is so cool, now that I have figured it out somewhat. PDA was fab! Of course how could it not be with a director like Kevin Henry and the Penn Well gang to help make magic happen for all assistants! I have a few ideas for possible video interviews, we'll talk more later. Tina
At 9:31pm on April 29, 2008, tina kubiak said…
Oh I forgot in my last post that this was my 3rd PDA and hope everyone speaks up for another one!!
At 9:29pm on April 29, 2008, tina kubiak said…
I just wanted to say thank you to Pennwell for giving us another great year at PDA. I can't stress enough how wonderful it is to be surrounded by other people who share your desire to learn,and be the best in your field!! I also think that we need to tap other sources of dental assistants who don't have access to the promotion of PDA. Those assistants who aren't certified or licensed, but who are on the job trained and are just getting started in the work field. Just a thought I know we need attandance to stay up to continue to keep PDA going. I would never usually join, let alone send my thoughts out like this, but I believe this is the best experience I have ever had for learning and making me feel important in my field.
At 8:23am on April 22, 2008, Susan Kulakowski said…
It was great meeting you at SCN Members Only Meeting. Great site and happy to be a part of it!
At 8:04am on April 22, 2008, David Martin Reznik, DDS said…
Great to be with you and so many of my friends. Looks like DE is moving into new territory. Best of luck with it and I look forward to enjoying the messages.


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