The Whole Tooth....
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By Eric Uram
In my 50 plus years on this planet, I’ve been to the dentist about 100 times. Routine stuff mostly; I’ve never had the same degree of problems our first president did (George Washington had notoriously bad teeth). All the pearly whites you see in my mouth are mine. Those dental visits—along with good oral hygiene, a decent diet, and good genetics—have kept me from the need for false teeth.
Yet I still have mixed feelings about the several times I spent with a drill whining in my ear as the dentist prepared a tooth for restoration to fix the damage caused by decay that had attacked the surface and was destroying the tooth. Without such a fix that decay could have damaged the root and caused even bigger problems—like having no teeth.
But during my childhood, and for over a century, the preference has been for using “silver” fillings to replace areas in a damaged tooth. Silver amalgams have been used in dentistry since before the Civil War. And this shiny metal material the dentist inserts into the area the drill removed is problematic, to say the least.
I didn’t find out until ten years after I had my first cavity filled that “silver” material is actually comprised of about 50% mercury.
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Thank you for highlighting this risk.
Not that I believe older amalgam formulations weren't causing problems, but does anyone know how the higher copper formulation used starting around 1976 (about the time I got my first amalgams) compare in mercury exposure risk? I've heard the newer formulation was much worse, but not with any source to quote.
I'm concerned my generation was exposed to much higher levels of off-gassing Hg from childhood to early adulthood just through receiving the same accepted dental "care" (in appearance) that had been used to that point. Then the mercury in the vaccine program for the infants we would be carrying and nursing tripled 13-15 years later with what seems perfectly perverse timing.
Posted by: Jeannette Bishop | August 12, 2014 at 04:55 PM