Metal fillings are comprised of about 50 percent mercury. We have long since been aware of the health risks associated with eating foods containing mercury, but what about those metal fillings in your mouth?
For decades, metal fillings were the go-to solution to repairing cavities in teeth. For more than 30 years, the FDA has declared metal fillings safe, yet studies show otherwise. Metal fillings consistently emit mercury vapor, which is easily absorbed into your bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the toxin can penetrate the walls of cell membranes and enter into your central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is what helps control our psychological, neurological, and immunological responses.
Mercury poisoning from metal fillings can cause cognitive and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Alzheimer’s. Other symptoms include joint pain, insomnia, visual disturbances, and even reproductive issues as well. Chronic fatigue is another common health risk associated with the use of metal fillings. Many patients who have metal fillings are suffering from ailments and disorders, and it could be their metal fillings to blame.
Even the WHO (World Health Organization) took a stance in 2011 to phase out the use of amalgam material for dental use. Many other countries around the world have followed suit by banning the use of this toxic material. Unfortunately, the FDA stands behind their claim that metal fillings are safe for patients over six years of age.
Banning use of amalgam filings in the U.S. could still be a long road ahead. Fortunately, advancements in dentistry now offer an alternative treatment for fillings, which uses a composite material. Many dentists use composites not only because they are safer and healthier for your teeth, but composites offer an aesthetic appeal as well. The composite material is tooth-colored and natural looking so it blends in with your other teeth.
In the meantime, if you have metal fillings and experience any unexplained health conditions that you feel could be related to your existing metal fillings, contact us at Levy Smiles for an evaluation. We can safely remove your old metal fillings and replace them with beautiful, composite fillings. Levy Smiles welcomes patients of Cincinnati and Blue Ash, Ohio