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
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 http://fdanews.com/newsletter/article?issueId=12016&articleId=110964
2 UC study http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2008/11788/abstract.html
3 Health News http://healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/7560/
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Kevin, again, thanks for bringing me to your site and I will be checking in for interesting and innovative ideas.
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".
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?
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 weeks...so 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
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
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.