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Let's talk about Mercury Fillings!

Recently, Dr. Mallery wrote an article about Mercury Fillings that was published in the popular magazine, Natural Awakenings. Below you will find that article. You may also click on the link provided to view it from the magazine's website as well.


Let’s talk about your mercury fillings!

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, dental offices are the main contributors of environmental mercury pollution. This problem has become so severe that there is now a mandate waiting approval that will require all dentists to equip their practices with a mercury scavenging system called an amalgam separator. This amalgam separator collects the material from the fillings for proper disposal. This begs a question: if the mercury fillings are considered a severe hazard for the health of our environment, would it be possible that these fillings could also have a negative impact on the health of the person having those fillings in their mouth?

The American Dental Association maintains that the amount of mercury released from amalgam fillings is too small to have any documented adverse effects on human health. And yet, in 2005 World Health Organization released the following statement: “Adverse health effects from mercury exposure can be: tremors, impaired vision and hearing, paralysis, insomnia, emotional instability, developmental deficits during fetal development, and attention deficit and development delays during childhood…. Recent studies suggest that mercury may have no threshold below which some adverse effects do not occur.”

At White Sands Dentistry we felt the need to consider both sides of the argument. After much research we came across an organization called IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology). Their researchers found that once a person has mercury fillings in their mouth they are subject to measurable mercury vapors every time they eat, brush their teeth, and even when they receive a professional dental cleaning. The amount of mercury released grows exponentially when receiving dental restorative procedures that require placement or removal of this mercury amalgam. Moreover, further studies demonstrated that mercury is a possible cause or exacerbating factor in conditions such as allergies, thyroiditis, chronic fatigue syndrome, reproductive disorders, psychological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. This is only a partial list and we encourage all of our readers to go to and look up the article, “2016 Fact Sheet on Human Health Risks from Dental Amalgam Mercury Fillings.”

At White Sands Dentistry we decided to take this scientific research extremely seriously. We have been a mercury-free office as we discontinued placement of mercury amalgam fillings many years ago. Recently, we decided to become a mercury-safe dental office as well and we are proud to announce that we have completed certification by the S.M.A.R.T program developed by IAOMT. The acronym “SMART” stands for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. This removal technique dramatically reduces the amount of mercury exposure. This was a significant investment for our dental practice and we are very excited to become responsible stewards of the health of our patients, our staff and last, but not least, our environment! Please feel free to contact our office and schedule a complimentary consultation if you are interested in safe removal of your dental mercury fillings.

- Dr. Martina Mallery, DDS

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