Dr. Maddahi Dentistry September 2017

An t i - Ag i ng DENT I STRY September 2017

Dr. Kourosh Maddahi

C O S M E T I C & A N T I - A G I N G D E N T I S T R Y

The Biocompatible Difference

I’ve been a dentist for 30 years, and in that time, I’ve encountered a number of phenomena related to teeth and gums. Patients have come in with unusual symptoms that were noticeably not right. For example, I’ve met patients whose gums turned from pink to blue, and they were left wondering why. Several years ago, after dealing with many of these out-of-the-ordinary cases, I took it upon myself to research the relationship between the materials used in dentistry and the body’s reactions. I discovered that when I removed crowns or fillings and replaced them with nonreactive materials, patients noticed improvement. The blue discoloration went away and their gums began to look and feel healthier. In my research, I worked with Clifford Consulting and Research Labs in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Clifford Labs did testing on blood samples with over 9,000 dental materials. Through this exhaustive testing, I was able to learn which materials patients had reactions to. About 12 years ago, equipped with the knowledge of these reactions, I changed the way I practiced dentistry. At the same time, I made changes to the office itself. About 95 percent of the materials used within the office are hypoallergenic, and certainly everything that comes into contact with a patient is, as well. This includes dental tools and materials used within the mouth, such as cements, crowns, fillings, and so on. In addition to these changes, I stopped using metal fillings and crowns altogether. In my research with Clifford Labs, I found that metals were the main culprit behind the reactions that patients experienced, though not the only culprit. By making this and many other changes, I noticed a dramatic improvement in patient health. I recall one patient who had experienced rashes on her arms for seven years. She saw doctors and tried different things to clear it up, but nothing changed. Then, she came to me and I removed her metal crowns. The rash went away. Another initiative I’ve undertaken is ending the use of fillings made with material that uses BPA (bisphenol A). As I mentioned last month, the FDA considers BPA “safe.” It’s used in plastics and in the food industry,

but over the past several years, many companies have stopped using the chemical. More research suggests BPA can negatively impact brain health and that children may be particularly at risk. There are over 90 companies that manufacture materials used in fillings, namely fillings that match tooth color. Of those 90 companies, only three currently use BPA-free material. I source the filling material we use in our office from these select companies. All of these changes and initiatives come together for the greater good of our patients. This is biocompatible dentistry at its finest. No one who visits our office has to worry about having an adverse reaction to any product we use, and you are left with an amazing smile that is truly healthy.

- Dr. Maddahi

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