You can be allergic to just about anything. As Hippocrates reported 2,500 years ago, one man's food is another man's poison. And you can bet there's no such thing as any substance, natural or otherwise, that no one is allergic to. So, keep that in mind the next time you have symptoms that are out of the ordinary and have your doctor perplexed. They might come from an unusual reaction to something in your mouth.
Last month, the FDA sent a letter of warning to the makers of Invisalign "invisible braces." Apparently, according to the FDA, the company had failed to adequately notify the FDA about various allergy reactions that the braces were causing.
Some of the complaints, which include incidents of severe allergic reactions that required hospitalization, were not reported to the FDA as required by law. According to the warning letter, allergic reactions to Invisalign braces include swollen and irritated lips, sore throats, a burning sensation on the tongue, ulcerations in the mouth, and swollen lymph nodes.
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And Invisalign braces aren't the only materials dentists use that can cause problems. Just about any material used in a dental situation can cause a bad reaction in a sensitive person. This includes filling materials, metals, glues, fluoride applications, crown materials, etc. That's why when I am trying to figure out what caused my patients' problems, I always ask about dental procedures.
Not too long ago, I reported on a patient who I discovered had an autoimmune disease called ankylosing spondylitis that had been caused by a root canal. Once the root canal was removed, the symptoms went away. You have to wonder how many patients are out there with undiagnosed symptoms and diseases that stem from unusual reactions to commonly used dental materials.
If you suspect you might have a reaction to a dental material, you can learn more about it by consulting a biological dentist. A biological dentist is a dentist who has received additional training on the possible effects of dental materials on overall health. To find a biological dentist, just Google "biological dentist" in your area. You can also look at the referral page on www.iaomt.com.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Invisalign Invisible Braces Linked to Reports of Serious Allergic Reactions. December 8, 2010; https://www.aboutlawsuits.com/invisalign-invisible-braces-warning-letter-14750/.