Amalgam Fillings are the “silver fillings” that have been used in dentistry for over a century. Amalgam is composed of liquid mercury (about 50 percent by weight) and powdered alloy metals silver, tin and copper. This filling material appears silver in color, giving it the nickname “silver fillings.”
While only classified as a class II substance by the FDA (more risky), mercury is a highly toxic element, and there’s no known safe level of exposure. While many people can live comfortably with amalgams and never notice any adverse effects, each time you chew on an amalgam filling, mercury vapors are released into your system. So eating, chewing gum, as well as heating the filling (coffee!) all cause toxic gas to enter your body which increases your toxic load and makes your already stressed system work harder to detox. Unfortunately, many others experience chronic symptoms as serious as autoimmune disorders, neurological issues, hormone/endocrine imbalances, thyroid issues and much more.
Dr Axe has a super informative and easy to digest post with much more information about the history of amalgams, the dangers, signs of mercury exposure, and alternatives to amalgam fillings. If you have amalgams and are curious about learning more I highly recommend starting your research here and keep learning more!
Dr Cabral has an informative podcast with tips on how to search for a holistic dentist and how to have your mercury amalgam fillings safely removed without potential heavy metal toxicity health risks.
If you’re anything like me, you had your teeth filled before you knew anything about amalgams – maybe you’re just learning about them now! – and the dangers to your health. I highly recommend adding removal of your mercury fillings to you wellness wishlist. These amalgams must be removed with proper procedure by a holistic dentist and unfortunately some insurances will not cover the removal as they consider it not necessary, so be sure to do your research. You can search for a mercury safe dentist near you here.
Once you locate a dentist and schedule a procedure for amalgam removal, you should prepare to support your body for detox. Breaking up the amalgam exposes your body to even more of the element, even when removed properly. Supporting your body for detox with supplements is a great idea so you don’t feel the effects of toxicity. This is a great resource for supplements to include. Cilantro oil, spirulina and chlorella are also great at heavy metal detox. As with any supplementation recommendations, do your research and find what will work best for your body.
I recently had my one amalgam removed. If you’re in the South East/Central Pennsylvania area, check out Susquehanna Dental Arts in Columbia & tell them I sent you! The process was quick and easy and I got this super sweet button!!
Have you had amalgams removed or are you considering it? If you have any tips for locals in your area – please share!