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Client Education From Dr. Flood

The Dental Health and Wellness Center provides these articles with commentary from Grand Rapids Dentist Dr. Kevin Flood to educate and inform on important dental health topics like Mercury Toxicity, Fluoride, Aspartame, and other key factors affecting overall and oral health. Additionally, Dr. Flood provides ADA position statements on the safety of Dental Amalgam for your comparison.
In addition to throwing off the body's homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar's metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.
The effectiveness of water fluoridation has been documented in scientific literature for well over 55 years. Even before the first community fluoridation program began in 1945, data from the 1930s and 1940s revealed 50-60% lower tooth decay rates in children consuming naturally occurring, optimally fluoridated water compared to children consuming fluoride-deficient water. Since that time, numerous studies have been published making fluoridation one of the most widely studied public health measures in history. Studies prove water fluoridation continues to be effective in reducing tooth decay by 20-40%, even in an era with widespread availability of fluoride from other sources, such as fluoride toothpaste.
CHICAGO, April 7, 2006 — After reviewing a recently published paper on a possible association between fluoride in water and osteosarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer), the ADA remains confident that community water fluoridation is a safe, effective public health measure for preventing tooth decay.
Amalgam restorations - better known as “silver fillings” are one of the most widely used materials to fill cavities in decayed teeth. It has been used for 150 years; only gold has been used longer. The use of dental amalgams or “silver’ fillings in dentistry is an extremely controversial topic. Amalgam restorations, or silver fillings, consist of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and traces of zinc. Based upon 1995 manufacturers specifications amalgams typically contain 50% metallic mercury, 35% silver, 9% tin, 6% copper, and traces of zinc.

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