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The Bright White Spot is an Amalgam Filling. There is Significant Decay Next to the Filling.

X-Ray Example of an Amalgam Filling and Tooth Decay

I recently had someone ask me to evaluate an x-ray taken by another dentist. As you can see (in the image posted below), there’s clearly an amalgam filling (the bright white spot). You can also clearly see the cavity just to the left of the filling. What you can’t clearly see is what decay is developing below the mercury filling. That’s one of the problems...

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FDA Classifies Dental Amalgam Fillings as Class II (Moderate Risk)

FDA Classifies Dental Amalgam Fillings as Class II (Moderate Risk)

Today (Tuesday, July 28th, 2009) the FDA “issued a final regulation classifying dental amalgam and its component parts – elemental mercury and a powder alloy—used in dental fillings. While elemental mercury has been associated with adverse health effects at high exposures, the levels released by dental amalgam fillings are not high enough to cause harm in patients. The regulation classifies dental amalgam into Class II...

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dangers of fluoride and fluoridation

The Dangers of Fluoride

I regularly get asked questions about the dangers of fluoride and water fluoridation (often misspelled as flouride and flouridation). In fact, one of my employees was recently speaking with me about the sodium fluoride drops his daughter’s pediatrician had prescribed. In response to the questions and concerns, I’ve put together this article which is loaded with information about fluoride (flouride), symptoms of fluoridation, and the...

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Just Say ‘NO’: States Stepping Up to Stop Mercury

Just Say ‘NO’: States Stepping Up to Stop Mercury

There’s a great article in the Associated Press this morning about the government’s attempts to find a site to deposit excess mercury. So far the list has been narrowed to seven states: Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Missouri and South Carolina. Why were these chosen? Partly because 6 are already nuclear or federal defense sites, so the government probably expected less opposition than they may...

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Symptoms of Mercury in the Human Body

As a dentist who removes a high quantity of mercury amalgam fillings from patients every week, I am exposed to higher levels of mercury than most people. Despite the precautions we take in the office to protect ourselves (including high quality masks), I regularly have my mercury levels tested to see where I’m at. After my most recent test, I was talking with Dr. Bruce...

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