The Dangers of Amalgam Fillings

Title: The Dangers of Mercury Fillings: What You Need to Know

Mercury fillings, also known as dental amalgam fillings, have been a common choice for treating cavities for decades. However, recent research has raised concerns about the potential dangers of mercury exposure from these fillings. As a registered dental hygienist, I feel it is important to shed light on this issue and educate patients about the risks associated with mercury fillings.

Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that can have harmful effects on our health, especially when it is continuously released into our bodies. Dental amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury, along with other metals such as silver, tin, and copper. When we chew, drink hot liquids, or brush our teeth, small amounts of mercury vapor can be released from these fillings and absorbed into our bodies.

Studies have shown that chronic exposure to mercury vapor from dental amalgam fillings can lead to a range of health issues, including:

1. Neurological problems: Mercury is known to have neurotoxic effects and can impact brain function, leading to symptoms such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and mood changes.

2. Immune system suppression: Mercury exposure can weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections and illnesses.

3. Allergic reactions: Some individuals may develop allergic reactions to mercury, leading to symptoms such as skin rashes, itching, and swelling.

4. Environmental impact: Mercury from dental amalgam fillings can also pose a threat to the environment, as it can be released into water sources and harm aquatic life.

Given these potential risks, it is important for patients to be aware of the dangers of mercury fillings and consider alternative options for treating cavities. Tooth-colored composite fillings, porcelain restorations, and other mercury-free materials offer safe and effective alternatives to traditional amalgam fillings.

If you currently have mercury fillings and are concerned about the potential health risks, I recommend consulting with your dentist to discuss the possibility of replacing them with mercury-free alternatives. By taking proactive steps to safeguard your health and well-being, you can reduce your exposure to mercury and protect yourself from its harmful effects.

As a dental professional, my mission is to empower patients with knowledge and information that will help them make informed decisions about their oral health. By raising awareness about the dangers of mercury fillings, I hope to inspire individuals to take control of their dental care and choose safer, mercury-free options for a healthier smile and a healthier life.

As far as Oil Pulling and amalgam fillings, there has been no scientific evidence claiming mercury is released from swishing with oil.  

Remember, your health is in your hands – choose wisely, and prioritize your well-being above all else.

Yours in health and wellness,

Dale Audrey RDH

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