Back in 1896, here’s what one dentist had to say about mercury dental fillings: “Certain dentists are themselves aware of the popular dread of mercury and hence the false term of ‘silver filling,’ which is a deliberate swindle and a disgrace to the dental occupation.”
That’s 120 years ago…
No silver lining
So, if some forward-thinking doctors and dentists realised 120 years ago that using this toxic product in amalgam fillings was sheer madness, why are these still being used in dental practices today across the globe?
An ever bigger question is, why is the term “silver fillings” still being used. It’s just downright deceptive.
In fact, a few years ago medical officials had the gall to defend the term “silver fillings” because of their “silver-like appearance.”
Now if that doesn’t point to the fact that appearances can sometimes be deceptive, then I don’t know what does.
Unfortunately, it still seems that people think mercury fillings are harmless, simply because they are misleadingly called “silver fillings”.
A recent poll of 1,500 patients showed that nearly 60 per cent were not able to name the primary metal in amalgam fillings. And it should come as no surprise that the most common guess was silver.
But sliver, tin, and copper combined make up just half of an amalgam filling. The other half is mercury.
According to medical authorities, we don’t have much to worry about when it comes to mercury (not true!). According to the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this toxin in dental fillings is elemental mercury which releases a vapour that’s “mainly absorbed by the lungs.”
The FDA continues to explain that this mercury vapour isn’t as toxic as methylmercury ? the type that’s found in some fish ? which is absorbed in the digestive tract.
The key lies in what is almost being said… “mercury vapour isn’t as toxic”…
So, it’s still toxic.
The fact is, studies have shown that people with mercury-containing dental amalgams excrete 10 times the amount of mercury through their bowels than those without any dental amalgam.
And there’s the biggest problem. While transiting through the bowel, some of that mercury transforms into, you guessed it, methylmercury, which is then absorbed into our bodies and can damage our brain, kidneys, immune system? the list goes on.
The next time your dentist tells you it’s time for a filling, ask him what he can offer as an alternative to mercury amalgam. If you are met with some resistance, chances are you’ll be better off finding another dentist… preferably one that knows about the dangers of mercury fillings.
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About Dental Amalgam Fillings, (fda.gov)
Measurably Misleading: Evidence the FDA and Dental Industry are Deliberately Deceiving American Families about Mercury Dental Fillings and Why That Now Has International Consequences (toxicteeth.org)