Does your dentist use materials that you can feel confident are biocompatible with your individual system? Are you the sensitive or allergic type and have concerns about what dental materials are put in your mouth?
We each have a unique biochemistry and the substances we come in contact affect each of us differently and in varying degrees. For some, the effects of certain substances can be toxic and even hazardous. A substance that causes little or no reaction in one person can be harmful to another. The same is true for dental materials used to restore our teeth. Fortunately, there is a test available to help patients who want to know the dental materials used for their dental care are biocompatible for their unique system. This test is called the Clifford Materials Reactivity Test.
When we come in contact with substances that are harmful for us, the body's natural defense system produces antibodies to counter these agents. Among other things, these antibodies provide an immunological record of the chemical families that have proven offensive.
The Clifford Materials Reactivity Test screens patient blood samples in order to analyze this immunological record. Detected agents against which antibodies were formed are then cross-referenced for personal suitability against a list of dental products. The results of this test allow the dentist to quickly determine which materials are best for each unique individual.
We are far from having all of the answers in taking care of patients with special health concerns. Little research has been done and the research that is available is often confusing. Without perfect answers, I do believe that material sensitivities can affect your health even without obvious reactions.
Let your dentist know if you are interested in a Clifford Test and working with dental materials that are most suitable for you. Dentists with experience in this area will be able to get you started on the path to biocompatible oral health.
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