“Silver” Amalgam Fillings Can Mean Dangerously High Mercury Exposure in Pregnant Women, New Study Shows

by | Feb 21, 2024 | Mercury / Dental Amalgam | 0 comments

Anyone who might be wondering why it’s such a big deal when nations decide to ban “silver” mercury amalgam fillings – as just happened in the European Union – might want to check out the findings of a study just published in Human & Experimental Toxicology.

Using data from the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to learn about mercury exposure in pregnant women, researchers found that about one-third of them had at least one amalgam filling and those with more fillings had higher levels of mercury in their urine.

Nearly 30% of these women were getting more mercury from their fillings than what’s considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency! Every single woman with amalgams was “in excess of at least one Hg vapor safety limit.”

“The results observed in this study are of particular concern,” the authors added,

because of the demonstration of Hg [mercury] accumulation in the fetus following Hg vapor exposure from amalgams and the known adverse effects on the developing fetus from significant ongoing Hg vapor exposure during pregnancy.

With the ever-growing variety of nontoxic, biocompatible materials available today – including composites that are both fluoride-free and BPA-free – we find no good reason to continue using a material so toxic to people and our environment. Crafted and placed with skill, modern composite fillings are extremely strong and durable, while also having far superior aesthetics. They look just like natural teeth, bright and white, not dark and gray.

Though dental mercury has yet to be banned here in the US, you, as a patient, do have choices. You can opt for offices like ours that take a biological approach to patient care, doing dentistry in a way that supports oral and whole body health alike, while also being safer for our planet.

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