For many years the dental industry has used amalgam fillings. These are also referred to as “silver fillings” because of their silver-like appearance. Recently, though, there’s been controversy about negative effects these fillings could have on your body.
Amalgam fillings are a combination of mercury, silver, tin and copper. These fillings are generally used because they are very strong and last a long time. Also, they are less expensive than other options.
When you look deeper at the composition of the fillings there are some causes for alarm. First, it’s made up of 50% mercury, which most people recognize as being harmful. The other metals are also incredibly toxic to the human body. This is a big concern since about 75% of people have this type of dental filling in their mouth right now.
It’s important to note that the ADA and FDA claim they are safe to use. Recent evidence suggests otherwise.
Dangers of Amalgam Fillings
Because of the toxicity of the metals in these amalgam fillings, there are some risks to think about. Some of the health issues affected by these metals include:
- Brain toxicity
- Kidney toxicity
- Immunity issues
- Microbiome disruption
- Parkinson’s disease
A major concern is the chronic effects these fillings can cause since they can release mercury and other metals over time. The resulting toxicity can be found in your blood, urine, hair and nails.
The ADA recommends that dentists not place or remove amalgam fillings in pregnant women. This means the ADA is concerned about the effect these metals can have on fetal development. That concern should be a red flag to anyone with these fillings about what effect the long-term exposure can have on their own health.
It is no surprise that many countries worldwide have banned the use of amalgam fillings in dental practices.
Proceed With Caution
Your first response may be to immediately have these types of fillings removed. If you opt for removal, you should do so with caution. Your body could be exposed to more of the metal during removal, or might react strongly to removing these strong toxins.
We can help you prepare for the removal so that it is easier on your body. It’s important to get started as soon as possible before the procedure. Call us today for more information and to schedule a consultation.