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Silver Fillings: A Health Hazard

by Idelle Brand, DDS


Mercury is a known poison. It is the second most toxic of all the elements known on this planet. How does that make you feel, knowing that it is in every one of those shiny silver fillings in your mouth?

In fact mercury is fully one-half of the mass of the filling you see when you look at any "silver" filling. Mercury constantly vaporizes from these fillings in the mouth; it is inhaled, and is directly absorbed into the body. This mercury then travels to all body tissues, creates free radicals, destroys nerve cells, creates DNA damage and concentrates in fat cells, especially of the brain tissues, where it does damage in several known ways. Is it no wonder that neurological diseases are on the rise?

Mercury is a substance designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be a hazardous waste. Legally, it cannot be thrown in the trash, buried in the ground, or put in a landfill. However the American Dental Association (ADA) says that it’s OK to put it in people’s mouths. That just doesn’t make any sense.

There is an alternative. White composite fillings are now the new choice for dental restorations. Not only are they more bio compatible, they are cosmetically pleasing, and they are strong when bonded in place. If you are thinking of replacing your mercury silver fillings or about to fill new cavities, then bonded white fillings would be an excellent choice for health reasons as well as esthetics.

However you need to be cautious when removing old mercury fillings, as there is the potential for high mercury exposure if they are removed incorrectly. Speak to your dentist and be sure that he/she is practicing proper mercury removal protocol so that you are protected.

For more information on this subject see this website: www.iaomt.com.

Dr. Idelle Brand is the director of The Brand Wellness Center, an integrative dental practice in midtown Manhattan. She is a health educator and lecturer on Enlightened DentistryTM, a new paradigm of holistic dental care that encompasses healing of the body, mind and spirit. She can be contacted at 212 947-0073 or through her website www.TheBrand WellnessCenter.com


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