Dr. Donald Robbins has had vast experience in many aspects of dental health, dental education and safe dental office practices. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and practices fulltime in his general dental practice in the Delaware Valley. As part of a pain management team in Philadelphia, he treated TMJ, facial, head and neck pain patients with innovative pain management care. He has treated patients suffering from sleep apnea with conservative radiofrequency cauterization surgery to improve their closed airways.
Over the last twenty years, Dr. Robbins has advocated “cleaner” dental offices under progressive BioSafeDentistry® principles. BioSafeDentistry is the state-of-the-art dental practice paradigm he developed to protect the patient’s’ overall health during dental care. An example of his protocols is the elimination of mercury (silver) fillings as a material for dental fillings. He uses high-efficiency office air cleaners, in his dental office, to remove the harmful mercury vapors released when old mercury fillings are removed. He also supplies these cleaners to dental offices nationwide through BioSafeDentistry.com .
He is currently conducting research and testing of oral mercury vapor levels in patients to author a scientific paper for publication. In December 2010 he testified at the two day hearing by the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, DC on toxic mercury exposure from silver amalgam dental fillings. In 1994 Dr. Robbins had an article published in the nationally refereed dental journal published by The Academy of General Dentistry. The article documented his review of the literature and investigation of the then current diagnosis and treatment of human herpes viruses. He currently writes articles for the Dental Page on the website of the nationwide Autism Research Institute (www.autism.com). They are sponsors of Defeat Autism Now (DAN) conferences around the country.
He has authored two books (see “Author” page), the latest being The Toxic Dental Office available on the web (www.biosafedentistry.com) and in bookstores.
Dr. Robbins developed a program to train individuals to become skilled dental assistants. In 2002, he founded and directed The Dental Training Center, a school licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Dental Training Center used Dr. Robbins’ curriculum to help individuals enter the dental assisting job market with skills and office experience. After closing The Dental Training Center in 2007, Dr. Robbins’ Dental Assistant Training curriculum became available only through 4 Learning Group, LLC and only to state licensed educational institutions. 4 Learning Group provides educators with a turn-key program including lecture materials, more than 1000 educational slides, handouts and study sheets, formats for in-dental office practicums, student evaluation criteria, quizzes and exams, and more.
Educational institutions interested in offering a dental assisting program may license The Dental Assistant Training curriculum through 4Learning Group, LLC. This educational material can assist educators and their schools and institutions to help their students learn in an interesting, interactive, and concise manner.
Locally, The Dental Assisting Training Program is being taught at the Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Robbins is currently developing programs to teach dentists and other dental health professionals how to best manage a BioSafe Dental Practice.