Told to stop using plastic dentures because they could cause cancer: Dr. David Farkas
In an op-ed for the Daily Caller News Foundation, Dr. Michael Farka, a pediatric dentist in Stowe, Minn., wrote that his children have had problems with plastic dental dams.
He wrote that the problem was exacerbated by their exposure to dental dams and that children with developmental delays often cannot fully understand how to remove the dams.
The article also discussed how the dams can lead to tooth decay and gums that are “too thin and dry” to be able to absorb and hold water.
Farkap said that dental dams cause children to develop gums, which are also too thin and hard to break.
He also wrote that dental dam use can increase the risk of developing dental cancer.
“It is not surprising that dental children with severe developmental delays and developmental disabilities would be more likely to have developmental problems and difficulties with dental health,” he wrote.
Farrows, who has been practicing dentistry in Stow for nearly 40 years, said that while he agrees with some of Farkaws concerns, he believes the dental dams are the root cause of the problem.
“If you have a baby and you have one that is a big boy, they’re going to be less likely to be chewing on the dam and more likely [to] have the gums,” Farrow said.
“They have to chew more.
I think that if you have that baby that’s a little smaller and a little bit of a little boy, you’re going not be able [to use the dental dam].”
He said that the dams could be a factor in some cases of gingivitis, a disease that affects teeth that are too hard or dry.
“I think the biggest concern is that we’re not treating the dental problem as a developmental issue,” he said.
But, Farrow added that there is nothing he can do to prevent the dental problems.
“We don’t know how many of these babies are going to have problems with gingiva, whether they’re in school or school kids,” he added.
“You can’t really get an answer until we do a better job of monitoring.”
He also said that in the past, he would have to be careful with the way he handled the dams and had to ask patients about what they were doing and why they were using them.
“And I would have had to be a little more careful in my teaching,” he explained.
Fawns children are still learning to handle the dams, Farkaps said.
And, while he believes dental dams may be the reason for some of the problems with dental dams, he is not sure what else is causing the problem for his children.
“My concern is I want to teach my kids to be patient, I want them to be aware of what they are doing and they should be able take care of themselves,” he concluded.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.