Poison in the Mouth — The Dangers of Dental Amalgam
This video clip provides a great basis for the science behind the concern over mercury amalgam fillings. Proponents of mercury in dentistry will often argue that there is no research that shows that mercury amalgam is dangerous. That same argument was made about asbestos 20 years ago — that it’s safe until proven hazardous.
This video — clipped from the BBC’s Poison in the Mouth — provides the science behind the hazard.
Dental amalgams were first introduced in 1833 but many dentists refused to implant them due to the mercury. In 1843, the American Society of Dental Surgeons declared the use of dental amalgam a malpractice(!) and forced its members to abstain from using amalgams.
Proponents of amalgam continued to claim that dental amalgam was safe because it was supposedly inert in the filling. As dental amalgam was less expensive and easier to work with than standard gold fillings, it was not long before dental amalgam was routinely used by most dentists.
In 1926, Dr. Alfred Stock showed that mercury vapor escapes from amalgam fillings and that this could cause significant health damage. The American Dental Association (ADA) vigorously defended dental amalgam as being safe and its widespread use was continued.
In 1986, the ADA finally admitted that mercury vapor escapes from the amalgam fillings. But the ADA remained adamant that amalgams were safe, and in 1986 it changed its code of ethics, making it unethical for dentists to inform patients of the health risks of amalgams or to recommend removal of amalgams
In 2008 the FDA admitted that dental amalgam can cause health problems.
Norway, Denmark and Sweden have ended use of mercury fillings and many dental schools no longer teach mercury placement. Germany, Canada, and California require mercury toxicity warnings to be given to pregnant women.
There are healthier alternatives to dental amalgam such as composite resin (white) fillings, porcelain, and glass ionomers. Gold is not a good alternative as it produces electrical currents within your mouth.
Improve your health by having your amalgam fillings removed!
The mounting body of scientific evidence against dental amalgam is finally creating extensive public concern. It is only a matter of time before dental amalgam fillings are banned.
This Video is Courtesy of HealthRanger7