BPA: A Common Health Hazard

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Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, can wreak havoc on the human body. Ninety-five percent of Americans have some levels of BPA in their bodies at any given moment. Contained in a wide variety of plastic and used to line the inside of many canned foods to prevent acidic vegetables and fruits from damaging aluminum cans, BPA is ingested by individuals on a daily basis.

The industrial chemical is an environmental estrogen that can negatively impact the memory and thyroid function. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, high levels of BPA have been linked to heart disease, diabetes and liver failure in humans.

In addition to making its way into the body through plastics and cans, BPA is also contained in a variety of traditional dental products and materials that go directly into the mouth. Dental patients need to be aware of the products used by dental professionals and request BPA-free alternatives, which are currently available. Testing for levels of BPA present in the mouth can be conducted by holistic dental professionals.

Dr. Jonathon Richter, a holistic dentist at Cardiodontal®, A Dental Wellness Center with offices in Great Neck and New York City, uses BPA-free dental products, including composite resin, Invisalign, crowns, bridges, bleaching trays, restorative materials and night guards. Richter and his staff also can determine if there is BPA in a client’s mouth and recommend getting a Clifford Reactivity Test, which assesses an individual’s blood against 8,000 different dental materials to identify any that are not biocompatible with their personal chemistry.

Source: Dr. Jonathon Richter, A Dental Wellness Center, 310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck. For additional information, call 516-282-0312 or visit Cardiodontal.com.

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