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Mercury Safe And Mercury Free

Mercury Safe And Mercury Free Dentistry

History of Mercury In Traditional Dental Fillings

For over a century, the most common material for dental fillings was silver amalgam, with more than 100 million Americans getting silver amalgam fillings. One would hope that something so common (and which is still used by 47 percent of dentists) would be completely safe. Unfortunately, these fillings contain about 50 percent mercury, and there is no known safe level of mercury exposure. Amalgam fillings have actually been banned in countries like Sweden, Norway, and Denmark because of their proven toxic effects.

With silver fillings, the simple act of chewing your food releases between 2 and 20 micrograms of mercury into your body per day — and it’s even higher for people who regularly chew gum, drink soda, or grind their teeth. Over time, this can cause problems like tremors, insomnia, headaches, nerve damage, respiratory failure, and kidney problems.

Dentistry Minus The Mercury

Here at Southland Children’s Dentistry, we follow mercury safe dental procedures for your child’s fillings. With dentists who are Mercury Safe and Mercury Free, and you can trust that the fillings your child receives will be 100 percent free of mercury.

If you want to learn more about mercury-free dentistry for your child’s tooth-colored fillings, just give us a call or email us.