Mercury and Your Teeth

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We are all very aware of the things around us that can cause us harm. We tend to look at labels more carefully now and more and more you’re finding things like farmer’s markets and organic foods. But there are still some things that we’re learning have the potential to do us harm, and one of the things that you may not realize can do you harm may actually be already in your teeth. Did you realize that a dental problem may cause you to be at risk for serious health problems?

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We all know now, thanks to the many stories about how bad mercury is for us, that mercury really isn’t a very good thing. You’ve probably seen all of the charts that show you which fish are safe to eat, and which ones contain high amounts of mercury in them, and that you should only eat canned tuna fish once a week. But did you realize that a large number of Austin residents actually are at risk of dealing with mercury problems even if they never go near fish? This is because a large number of people actually have dental fillings that contain mercury in them.

These fillings, called amalgam fillings, have been found to cause serious problems. In 1998 research concluded that these fillings, when in children, can actually cause damage to the immune system, kidneys, and even the brain of young children. This damage is permanent and can be very serious. Another study was done that proved that these fillings actually caused problems with the stomach. These gastrointestinal problems, however, weren’t the only thing, because the amalgam fillings also caused problems with memory, sleep issues, and bleeding gums.

So what do you do if you had amalgam fillings put in? The first thing to do is to figure out if you actually did have this type of filling in. A visit to a good dentist will help you to learn what type of filling you have, and if they are amalgam fillings, you can discuss the possibility of the mercury removal. This may mean removing the entire filling, which may take a short amount of time. The filling would then be replaced by a tooth-colored filling, which has no mercury in it.

Mercury hides in a number of places, and even if you’re not sure if you have had amalgam fillings, if you have any fillings in your mouth, and had them put in at least 15 years ago, you may want to contact your dentists office to have your mouth checked. Or, the next time you’re scheduling a consultation to have Zoom Whitening done, you can discuss the possibility of having amalgam fillings. These fillings can be easily removed, and it is definitely in your best interest to have them replaced. Do a bit of research on amalgam fillings and you’ll quickly see that, if you had fillings put in when you were young, it’s a good idea to speak with your dentist about what type of fillings they are.

About the Author: Denver Smith has extensive experience in the dental field and actively consults in this industry

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