Dental amalgam, typically used for fillings, has served as a dental restoration for over 170 years. It is primarily made up of 50% mercury, 30% silver and differing amounts of tin, zinc and copper. Despite the fact that mercury-free dental fillings have been in development for over 50 years, many dentists are still using amalgam and exposing their patients, their dental assistants and themselves to unhealthy mercury.
One of the most popular mercury-free options is called composite. It is environment-friendly, preserves teeth, easier to repair, durable, and, most importantly, does not expose anyone to mercury. It is estimated that more than half of all dentists are now mercury-free, understanding that just because amalgam has been used for over 170 years doesn’t mean that it’s the best option.
A wellness dentist is going to discuss the dangers of amalgam and offer their patients an opportunity for informed consent. Research suggests that most dental patients will agree to amalgam (since it is the least expensive and fully covered by their insurance) up to and until they are told it contains mercury. At that time, more than half of all patients will request options and even be willing to pay the difference out of pocket in order to avoid mercury exposure.
Many wellness dentists will even offer a test to determine what filling material is best for their patients based on body chemistry. One such test is called the Clifford Materials Reactivity Test. Since there are many different dental materials used for different reasons, it’s important for your dentist to know what materials will be best for you. Some of those materials include direct resin filling, indirect inlay/onlay/crowns, temporary fillings, impressions and anesthetic, just to name a few.
If your body chemistry may cause you to have a response to any of these materials, it’s important that your dentist knows this, and a wellness dentist will make determining this a priority.
When it comes to this chemical, wellness dentists will almost always agree. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology is an organization of over 800 dentists, physicians and research professionals in more than 14 countries with a mission of protecting public health that was founded in 1984. Since then, the group has continuously examined and reviewed different studies and research articles about fluoride and other dental materials and practices. In 2017, they officially released a variety of new fluoride awareness resources citing the potential for this chemical to cause adverse health outcomes.
“Ingesting synthetic fluoride, such as that added to community water, is not only ineffective at reducing tooth decay, but it also exposes our population to a number of toxins,” David Kennedy, DDS, lead author of the IAOMT Fluoride Position Paper, cautions. “American children are already being overdosed with fluoride, as is evidenced by the increase in tooth mottling (fluorosis), which now occurs to some degree in a majority of our youth. The National Research Council determined that many individuals are exceptionally vulnerable to the toxic effects of fluoride. When will people realize that scientific research offers grave warnings