Though mercury is fully recognized for its toxicity to humans and the environment, many of us are living with mercury in our dental fillings. Amalgam dental fillings, each time they are stimulated through brushing, eating, and drinking, release mercury into the body in the form of vapors. Ingested and inhaled, these vapors slowly poison the body day by day.
The physical effects of mercury
A known neurotoxin, mercury is a substance that destroys the protective coating around nerves on contact, leading to the immediate death of that cell. In addition to having a profound effect on the neurological system, mercury also has a negative effect on the cardiovascular system, reproductive organs, and immunity. In fact, all living tissue is susceptible to the toxic effects of mercury exposure.
One of the greatest dangers of mercury is that it accumulates in the body due to our inability to break this poison down for elimination. The body does not recognize mercury as a destructive pathogen. On the contrary, mercury is readily incorporated into cells due to its molecular similarities with the various minerals needed for health.
When mercury accumulates in the body, research suggests there is an increased risk of several health concerns, ranging from chronic illness to chronic fatigue to a lack of mental acuity and function.
Removing mercury fillings
The issue of filling removal has been discussed for many years. In the general dental practice, the recommendation may be to leave an intact filling in place. This recommendation, however, comes from a viewpoint at which the toxicity of mercury is not recognized. In the holistic dental practice, the removal of amalgam fillings is not only acceptable but is performed in a precise way to minimize the risk of undue exposure during treatment.
Dr. Michaela McKenzie uses specific protocol for the removal of amalgam fillings that includes:
- Protective eyewear for patients and staff
- Airway protection via supplemental oxygen
- Additional powerful suction and air filtration equipment, which keeps tiny mercury particulates away from the face
- Comfortable draping to protect the skin on the face
- Placement of a latex-free rubber dam to prevent accumulation of mercury particulates in the mouth
Many general dentists will accommodate patients’ requests to remove amalgam fillings. Protocol, however, is important if undue exposure is to be avoided. If a dentist does not offer additional protective measures, it is because there is a lack of understanding regarding the immense toxicity of mercury, so, another practitioner may be better suited to perform this procedure.
When seeking a dentist to remove amalgam fillings, the key is to find a practitioner who understands the link between the mouth and the body fully, including dental materials such as amalgam. Asking plenty of questions, you will find Dr. Michaela McKenzie has the precise expertise you need to remove amalgam fillings safely.
Schedule your consultation for amalgam removal at (404) 900-5175.