After years of insisting that mercury is safe, the ADA is now recognizing that mercury vapors accumulate in tissues, and the nervous system, and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to mercury toxicity. However, they still insist that there is no association between the mercury used in dental amalgams and toxic effects on the nervous system. That’s almost like saying “we know that this is toxic to nerves, and we know mercury accumulates in the body, but people aren’t getting paralyzed at these levels, so it’s okay.”
pediatric dentistry

Composite materials have their own issues – most composites use a monomer that is a derivative of BPA. BPA has been found to be an estrogen mimicker, and has been shown to decrease fertility in both males and females. BPA and the break down product of BPA, called MBP, bind to estrogen receptors. I think most people who are aware would rather limit their children’s exposure to BPA. We use Admira Fusion ceramic-based tooth-colored restorative material which is free from BPA derivatives, so it will not break down into BPA as the restoration wears.

I think of fluoride like a medicine. If someone is not brushing their teeth and/or not flossing, and is eating sticky candy and drinking soda, that person is at a high risk of losing his or her teeth to cavities, so fluoride could benefit that person, as fluoride has been found to strengthen enamel. However, the side effects of fluoride would outweigh any benefits in a person who brushes and flosses, has a diet that does not contribute to cavities, and is otherwise at a low risk of cavities.

Sadly, no product in dentistry is without possible risks of side effects and completely 100% biocompatible. If it is, then the cement or the bonding agent that is used to cement or bond it to the tooth may have a little bit of something that is not ideal. None of us, dentists, can create a brand new tooth. We all are limited by the materials that are available to us. I do my best to choose dental materials that are as biocompatible as possible.

The best way to limit exposure to chemicals you want to avoid, is to not need them in the first place, which translates to eating a healthy diet, brushing every morning and before bedtime, flossing before bedtime, and avoiding soda, juices, sticky processed foods and carbohydrate snacks. We try to encourage children to develop good oral hygiene habits, so that their teeth and gums remain healthy for life.


Baby bottle tooth decay, also known as Early Childhood Caries (ECC), is the deterioration of a young child’s tooth enamel due to prolonged exposure to sugar in the presence of the types of bacteria that release acid upon exposure to sugar. Transmission of cavity-causing bacteria may be when the primary caregiver’s saliva is passed onto the baby through sharing of a spoon or pre-chewing food for the child.

A pediatric dentist has specialized training in handling children. But it’s okay for your child to have his visits at the family dentist as well, and the latter will make a referral to the pediatric dentist if needed. 

Ideally, a parent should know how cavity-causing bacteria is transmitted before the baby’s first tooth erupts, so that good bacteria colonize the baby’s mouth. If parents are aware of this, then the child should have his or her first dental visit around the age of one. However, if parents have cavities themselves, it is best to have a first visit before the first tooth erupts, in order to go over what needs to be done to set the child up for a life of healthy teeth. 

Initially use a small toothbrush without toothpaste. Securely sit your baby on your lap, with his or her head resting on your chest. Brush in small circular motions. In case your baby is not yet used to the feel of a toothbrush in its mouth, you can use a clean cloth or gauze to wipe the front and back of his or her teeth. With time, you can add a tiny bit of a non-toxic toothpaste (preferably with non-nano hydroxyapatite such as Dr. Brite or Risewell toothpaste, or just a tiny sprinkling of baking soda). 

Pediatric dentists specialize in treating children’s dental health concerns. They have the necessary training and skills in handling children with special needs as well. 
On average, babies start teething at 6 months old.
Ideally, a child can have their first dental visit when they turn one year old.
You can ease your child by letting them understand why they have to go to the dentist. It’s important to make them feel at ease. You can read them their favorite story and give them positive reinforcements. 
Baby teeth help in chewing, speaking, and smiling throughout your child’s health and development. 

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