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The Inevitable Replacement of Mercury Amalgam Fillings

While there’s still plenty of denial in mainstream dentistry about the health risks of mercury amalgam “silver” fillings, environmental concerns like the ones we raised last week are hastening the retirement of this toxic and antique material. The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a key part of this. This global agreement to reduce mercury pollution […]

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High-Power MRIs Shown to Release Mercury from Amalgam “Silver” Fillings

Here’s a blunt truth: Mercury amalgam fillings are no friend to your health. As we’ve discussed before, When a person has these so-called “silver” fillings, mercury vapor is outgassed with every bite and swallow. Even something as benign as brushing your teeth can release vast amounts of vapor, which then gets inhaled and makes its […]

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Mercury Awareness Week 2017

The Movement Toward Mercury-Free Dentistry

Now that the Minamata Convention on Mercury has gone into force (yay!), maybe we’ll start to see change come at a faster clip. But for now, dental students – with very few exceptions – continue to be taught to place mercury amalgam fillings, just as earlier generations were taught. While some dental students may question […]

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How Dentistry Can Be Hazardous to Health

When you think about dangerous jobs, dentistry probably doesn’t spring to mind. Yet according to a recent article over at Business Insider, four of the five most hazardous jobs involve dental workers. Hygienists were found to have the riskiest jobs, followed by dentists, vet assistants and lab animal caretakers, dental lab techs, and dental assistants. […]

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EPA Rule Finalized: Mercury Amalgam Separators a Must

An early Christmas gift arrived last week: The EPA finalized its new rule for reducing mercury discharges from dental offices. That mercury, of course, comes courtesy of the amalgam used to make so-called “silver” fillings. Amalgam is about 50% mercury, a potent neurotoxin. Strict safety protocols are needed whenever it’s handled, but these – unfortunately […]

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What Makes a Biological Dentist Different from a “Regular” Dentist?

Our thanks to the office of Houston biological dentist Dr. Bill Glaros for letting us republish his essay on our blog. You’ll find the original post here, on his office’s blog. What Is a Biological Dentist? By William P. Glaros, DDS A Biological Dentist is a licensed dentist who uses the greatest elements and practices […]

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