Toxic Dental Fillings: The Dangers
“Mercury is the most toxic, non-radioactive element on the earth. Most medical and scientific researchers have called for a ban on the use of mercury in all products. However, the potential harmful effects of mercury fillings have been ignored by the U.S. Government. Due to its poisonous nature, mercury can adversely affect the immune, urinary, cardiac, respiratory and digestive systems. Under laboratory conditions, mercury has produced brain cell deterioration identical to that seen in victims of Alzheimer’s disease.” –International Academy of Oral
Medicine and Toxicology
Dental amalgam is defined as a filling material comprised of 43 and 54 percent mercury. Commonly referred to as “silver fillings,” there’s actually very little silver in the proverbial mix. And while a fair amount of controversy has surrounded the toxicity level of such fillings, more and more research points to the dangers. This is because amalgam is not stable in the mouth and continually releases mercury vapor, which subsequently bioaccumulates in the body.
The best dentist in Santa Clarita offers safe and effective removal of these toxic fillings, and wants patients to understand what makes them so dangerous.
According to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, mercury-based fillings
can cause the following:
● Memory loss
● Balance problems
● Muscle weakness
● Concentration problems
● Bleeding gums
● Brain pain and shock
● Tremors in the hands, feet, and fingers
● Facial numbness
● Lip burning and tingling
● Shoulder pain
● Stiff neck
● Ear ringing
● Metallic taste
● Speech problems
Additional Related Issues
Mercury exposure has also been linked to a number of other medical conditions and illnesses, including birth defects, neurodegenerative diseases, mental confusion, and autoimmune diseases among many others.
Discuss safe removal of amalgam fillings with your Santa Clarita dentist as well as alternatives, such as composite fillings.
For more on toxic filling removal, contact Aesthetic Dental & Specialty Center today.
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