Canada says BPA is toxic; fluoridation debate rages on

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

In a move that could have major ramifications for some dental products, Canada has declared bisphenol A (BPA) a toxic chemical, making it easier for the government to regulate it and paving the way for a number of expected bans on its use. Will the U.S. follow suit, given that the FDA earlier this year raised its assessment of BPA to a "chemical of concern"? Read more in our latest Restoratives Community update.

In related news, despite a wealth of scientific evidence supporting the fluoridation of public water supplies -- especially in communities with limited access to regular oral care -- opponents to the practice continue to claim that it can lead to increased risk of numerous health problems, including bone fractures, decreased thyroid function, dental fluorosis, and osteosarcoma.

Armed with these concerns, cities and towns across the U.S. continue to fight against fluoridating their water supplies. Click here to read our comprehensive report on this often contentious topic.

And in case you weren't able to attend the recent ADA meeting, we've put together an overview of some of the products we found of interest in Orlando. Check out our show report here.

Finally, on a lighter note, can John Stamos -- an actor known as much for his looks and charm as for his acting ability -- help improve the much-maligned image of the dental professional in popular culture? His new role on the hit TV show "Glee" reveals a kinder, gentler side of dentistry -- and puts a positive spin on oral care in the process. Read more.

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