Why does my holistic dentist used sealants with BPA?

I recently went to a clinic listed as a holistic, yet he uses sealants that have BPA. What’s up with that?

Monica R. – Palm Springs

Monica,

Each holistic dentist is different.  There isn’t a regulation for being labled holistic. Some are just mercury free. Some are mercury and BPA free.  Be careful. There are some who call themselves holistic and are perfectly willing to remove and replace your amalgam fillings, but don’t know about sanitary removal.

It’s kind of hard to tell what you’re getting. If you have strong feelings about certain types of treatment, it will be important to discuss this ahead of time. You’ll want to find the dentist who, even if he doesn’t do only holistic treatments, is willing to work within your desires and concerns. Communication is the key.

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Can a dentist give you fake invisalign?

Me and my best friend both got invisalign. Hers look great. Mine look yellow. Did my dentist give me fake ones?

Alicia L. – Destin, FL

Alicia,

Sometimes Invisalign aligners can get yellow if they’re being scratched. The scratches allow the aligners to pick up stains.  Your toothbrush is a safe cleaning tool, but make sure you’re not using a abrasive toothpaste.

There are off brands of Invisalign. But, if you have one it is easy to figure out. invisalign stamps their name on the trays. Take a look at the biting surface of the tray and you should easily see their trademarked name as well as a handful of numbers and letters that indicate your patient ID number, whether the aligner is for your top or bottom teeth and other information.

Talk to your dentist about what’s going on. He or she can help you out.

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