Holistic dentistry puts the focus on the oral systemic connection, which is the connection between the health
Amalgam fillings are composed of about half mercury and typically other metals including tin, silver and copper
“Holistic” – Relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts. – Webster’s Dictionary
The human mouth is not separate from the body. It is an integral component, part of the “whole,” and therefore should not be treated separately but rather with the goal of total body health.
Numerous studies have found amalgam (50% mercury) to be a substantial source of exposure to mercury vapor. Ongoing studies are in progress to better understand the long-term impact on the human body, but there is a definite widespread concern regarding this toxic element. With the amazing, high quality, durable, non-mercury / metal materials available to dentists today, the question is why anyone would choose amalgam containing mercury! Practicing dentistry without the use of mercury is safer for you, your family, and for future generations.
The International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) has suggested a possible connection between certain diseases and amalgam. Research also has found a possible link to kidney problems. Pregnant and/or nursing women and small children are cautioned to avoid amalgam.
South Lakewood Dental – Before and After Images of Patients
Improper removal of amalgam (silver-mercury fillings) can release harmful mercury vapor, exposing the dentist, staff, patient, and environment. Mouth sores, chronic illness, and death can occur with mercury toxicity. The potential for an allergy to the other elements in amalgam is high – silver, tin, and copper are typically incorporated into these fillings. Mercury that is not disposed of properly can poison the water and contaminate the environment. Our office takes very specific measures and uses the proper equipment for the safe removal and handling of this toxic element.
Professional dental cleanings used to be about just keeping the mouth “clean.” Now it’s all about “biocompatibility,” or keeping the good oral microorganisms healthy and eliminating the pathogenic (disease-causing) microorganisms. Because the mouth will never be sterile ( it’s full of germs!), the new paradigm is all about controlling the number and kinds of organisms to achieve a healthy balance. There are about 650 different species of oral bacteria, fungi, and yeasts. Most are harmless, but about a dozen (pathogens) cause the infection we know as cavities and gum (periodontal) disease.
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Current research clearly relates oral infections with systemic health. During certain stages of Periodontal disease, pathogens from the gums may access our bloodstream, traveling to the brain and other organs such as the heart. These microbes likely increase the risk of systemic diseases including Cardiovascular diseases, stroke, oral cancer, diabetes, pre-term birth, rheumatoid arthritis, pneumonia, Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS… to name a few. The Surgeon General has named the periodontal disease “the Silent Epidemic.”
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
Smoking Teeth – Poisonous Gas
In 1991 the World Health Organization acknowledged that the predominant source of human exposure to mercury is from your fillings.
That should be of concern to anyone. So all mercury silver fillings leak substantial amount of mercury constantly. The amount increases with any kind of stimulation and as a result mercury from fillings predeceases the majority of exposure to mercury. The international academy of all medicines and toxicology is extremely concerned about the anecdotal claims of safety by manufactures and dental trade associations.
There are variants with the published peer reviewed scientific evidence to the contrary. The precautionary principle requires action, once the possibility of harm exists. It does not require proof beyond a shadow of a doubt but in the case of heavy metal and anti-biotic exposure, it’s both nearly impossible and unnecessary in our opinion. What you are seeing is mercury vapor coming out of a 25 year old silver amalgam filling in an extracted tooth. The background is a phosphorescence screen. The mercury vapor absorbs the florescent light and you can see it as a shadow on the screen. This is mercury coming off a filling that was dipped in water that is the same temperature as a human body. This is a filling that was rubbed with a pencil eraser for just a few seconds. Like going to the hygienist and having her clean your teeth. These are not small amounts of mercury – if you can see it, that’s more than 1000 times higher than the environmental agency will allow for the air that we breathe.
What about the last time you went to the dentist and they drilled on your tooth? Here is the mercury vapor every time you raise the temperature to 110 degrees with hot coffee or warm water or even chewed on. Mercury comes off fillings every time you stimulate them and that stimulation causes that mercury to continue to leak out of the fillings for an hour and a half at a minimum. Some people grind their teeth, some people chew gum. The dentist might send an old gold crown to the dental lab to be welded. How about the dental personnel? They are not being given the informed consent. Back in 1985 the International Academy of Medicine and Toxicology set out to determine the amount of mercury that was coming off fillings and here’s the graph-
Showing substantial quantities of mercury were measured coming off fillings and then we estimated the total dose. Then we began animal experiments and put radioactive fillings in sheep. Mercury accumulated in the jaw, stomach, liver and kidney in the sheep in just 30 days. Substantial quantities of mercury spread from the fillings to every organ in that sheep’s body. Then they measured that the sheep’s kidneys dropped in their ability by 60% to clear Inulin – an indication of kidney malfunction. Whole body imaging of monkeys found exactly the same thing. Proponents of amalgam fillings claim that sheep chew too much.
Well what’s the problem with monkeys? They had mercury in their jaw, kidneys, liver, intestine and heart. In further research found dystrophic bacteria that were anti-biotic resistant, cropped up in the intestines within two weeks of receiving these mercury leaking fillings. Further studies have shown damage to the ADP Ribosilation of brain neuron proteins. In response to the controversy and at the request of the Federation of experimental scientists and biologists, Dr. Fitz Lobscheider and Murray Yimy wrote an editorial – the first ever in FASEB and point by point refuted the claims of the amalgam proponents. That should be of concern to anyone wanting to have healthy children, because mercury is highly damaging to fetuses.
The experiments in sheep showed that the mercury from the sheep’s fillings transferred immediately to the placenta of the unborn fetus and to every conceivable portion of the fetus’s body. It even increased in the lamb higher after birth from mercury in the mother’s milk. There’s no such thing as a safe mercury filling. All mercury fillings leak mercury. The combined effect of mercury, cadmium and lead is just now being investigated but it’s not one in one. It’s synergistic in one in one, maybe one hundred or even a thousand. Why is that of concern? Over and over again we have heard that children are exposed to lead from our environment. Mercury and lead are many times more toxic than mercury alone.
These black, corroded, pitted mercury fillings are used where you must drill away a third of the tooth in order to fix a pin head sized cavity. Even if you love mercury, it’s the wrong thing to do to the children. It leads to broken, diseased root canal extracted teeth throughout the rest of their life. It’s a blunder that costs the child all through their life. Millions and millions of dollars are spent annually fixing teeth, again and again, and dentists don’t follow the manufacturer’s recommendations – they pack mercury in children around gold crowns, underneath bridges. They stuff it around the gum line in contact with tissues. There’s mercury spreading from this gold crown to every tissue in the patient’s body.
Even if you like mercury fillings, putting that kind of filling in the tooth is simply the wrong thing to do. Harold Loe – the former director of the National Institute of Dental Research back in 1993 wrote the first filling is the critical step in the life of the tooth. Using amalgam for the first filling requires removing a lot of tooth substance, not only diseased tooth substance but healthy tooth substance as well. So in making the under cuts you sacrifice a lot and this results in a weekend tooth. The next thing you know the tooth breaks off and you need a crown. Then you need to repair the crown – and so it continues to the stage where there’s no more to repair and you pull the tooth. With the first filling you should do something that can either restore the tooth or retain more healthy substance. Use new materials composites or materials that can bond at the surface without under cuts. You can do this with little removal of the tooth’s substance so that the core of the tooth is still there.
I would add that with the cost of all that dental repair over and over again makes the cost of mercury fillings enormous – even if you don’t consider the neuro-logical impairment and the brain damage that they surely cause in dental personnel, and the infertility and the heart break it has caused to so many families. It is the opinion of this academy that the responsible government agencies should prohibit the use of Mercury fillings “Silver Fillings” until such time as their manufacturers produce the alleged evidence of safety.
These instructions can be found on the web page of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. I would recommend that you review them and have your dentist do the same before commencing any procedures involving mercury.
We utilize the Biological Microscopic Periodontal-scan to detect and visualize these pathogenic microorganisms (big screen TV), then determine the best ‘root of the problem’ treatment to eliminate them. The Microscopic scan can be used to monitor your progress as well. We utilize “natural” products as our safe and healthy solutions first and foremost, whenever possible. **Biological scanning is not only for those with diagnosed periodontal disease. Periodontal disease must go through ‘development’ stages before it can be detected. We can often determine “risks” of periodontal disease development.