It is simply undeniable that mercury poses a toxic threat to humans and our environment. Study after study has shown that excessive mercury exposure can lead to a wide range of health problems in children and adults; recent research has even drawn a causal connection between exposure to mercury and autism. Dental amalgams, or silver…
This October, we saw an exciting victory for the Consumers for Dental Choice campaign against the use of dangerous and potentially toxic dental amalgam (silver fillings). Now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a new rule that will require all dental offices to use amalgam separators when performing procedures involving mercury-rich dental amalgam. In addition to acknowledging the inherent danger of dental amalgam, the EPA’s proposal also aims to reduce mercury pollution by requiring dental offices to more carefully capture, contain, and dispose of the hazardous metallic debris.
Worldwide, it’s estimated that more than 180 million people have teeth the have been repaired with some sort of dental restorative material. In total, that’s a staggering 1.4 billion teeth. From the 1950s through present day, one of the most common dental restoratives has always been dental amalgam. Often called “silver fillings,” this metallic mixture is prepared with up to 50% or more liquid mercury. Poisoning from these “mercury fillings” is a risk that holistic dental professionals are quick to warn patients about, even though agencies like the American Dental Association refuse to formally acknowledge any potential health problems associated with their use. At Assure A Smile, we take a holistic approach to dentistry that focuses on both oral health and total body wellness. We believe patients should be educated about mercury poisoning, dental amalgam, and the long-term health risks associated with silver fillings.
Research that points to serious health problems associated with mercury fillings continues to accumulate, building tension among health professionals and patients nationwide. Though the American Dental Association does not recommend having silver amalgam fillings removed, international authorities differ in opinion. With the recent dental amalgam ban in Costa Mesas, California, Americans are revisiting the potential poisonous nature of traditional silver fillings.
Heavy metals accumulate once ingested, making them a serious danger. Tiny amounts of heavy metals, like the mercury in tuna, embed themselves in the body. Over time, the concentration of these metals can lead to the development of disease. Heavy metal detoxification, however, can help you regularly remove heavy metals from your body.
Comments by Dr. Ted Herrmann:
Our Miami Dentist Blog has reviewed in great detail the dangers of heavy metals like mercury. We’ve suggested considering silver amalgam filling removal as a treatment to prevent the development of serious health risks, like auto-immune disease. In this post, we will explore several other ways in which the body can naturally flush these toxins.
Heavy metals accumulate in our bodies whether we are aware of it or not. Sometimes the metals come from the foods we eat. Other times, we inhale metallic vapors from our environment. These heavy metals, no matter how they enter are body, are toxic and must be removed continually to maintain natural vitality and holistic health.
Comments by Dr. Ted Herrmann:
No matter how healthily we try to live, we will always be exposed to dangerous toxins simply because they surround us. Each day, we come in contact with several different materials that contain poisonous amounts of heavy metals that, when accumulated, may cause serious health problems. These materials may be found in consumer goods, food products, and even dental work.
Amalgam fillings have been identified as the greatest source of toxic metal in humans by the World Health Organization (i). In fact, the World Health Organization has stated that no other source on the planet contributes more towards metal toxicity in people than amalgam fillings. Staying aware of heavy metal toxicity dangers is the first step in achieving long-term holistic health.