While controversial, mercury free dentistry focuses on the need to prevent mercury from accumulating in body, organs and tissues, thus preventing or reducing disorders such as energy and memory loss, anxiety, depression, headaches, irritability, fatigue, and specific organ dysfunction to name a few.
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- What is biologic dentistry?
Biologic Dentistry recognizes and deals with the intimate relationship between the oral cavity (the mouth) and the rest of the body. Many diseases can have their origin in the oral cavity or are exacerbated by factors in the mouth, such as: toxic dental materials (mercury, nickel, fluoride, aluminum, etc.); infections of the teeth, gums, jaw bone or tonsils; jaw or tooth imbalances; or electrical currents generated by metal restorations. By resolving such issues in the oral cavity, illnesses can be prevented, resolved or more responsive to treatment.
One researched and well-documented example is the connection between gum disease and heart disease. Unhealthy gums produce high levels of bacteria, which are then transported by the bloodstream to the heart. The bacteria can then infect and alter the inner lining of the blood vessels within the heart. This begins the deposition of calcium and cholesterol within the vessels, which can form a blockage in the blood vessels and result in a heart attack.
- What are heavy metals?
Heavy metals are toxic substances that are found everywhere in our environment including our food, water and even in so-called “health” products. When introduced into our body and not excreted, they have many adverse effects on all tissues and systems within the body. Heavy metals include mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, nickel and arsenic, all of which are dangerous substances. They damage the body on molecular, cellular, tissue and organ levels. Avoiding heavy metals and removing the accumulation is an iportant factor in achieving an optimum state of health and wellness.
Overview of Mercury-Free Dental Services
No dental filling or restoration material is as good as our natural teeth. But when decay and trauma result in the loss of tooth structure, dental materials must be used to replace it.
Dental materials run the spectrum of non-toxic to extremely toxic. Mercury, which comprises 50% of the silver amalgam fillings commonly used by dentists, is an extremely toxic material according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The mercury is known to leach from the fillings and enter the body where it accumulates in all organs, especially the brain, thyroid, nerve centers, heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, prostate and ovaries. These tissues suffer a certain level of degeneration depending on multiple factors with each person, including their DNA and the amount of mercury absorbed and accumulated.
Mercury-Free Dentistry, as the phrase implies, is the practice of using dental materials for fillings that don't contain mercury. It also includes using safe removal techniques when existing mercury-containing materials are removed. These removal techniques minimize the patient's exposure to mercury while the materials are removed.
Although it is not proven that heavy metal (of which mercury is the most toxic) in the form of amalgams is a direct cause of any diseases, there are many indicators that heavy metal toxicity is a significant stressor that does contribute to many chronic illnesses. Heavy metals destroy cells, enzyme systems, energy-producing pathways, and nerves. It also acts as a shield for many microbes against the immune system, substitutes for good minerals at binding sites, and interferes with oxygen transport.
The bottom line: heavy metal toxicity is a problem and mercury is at the top of the list. Consider this. It is illegal for mercury to be disposed of in the trash, in public sewage water, or in landfills. What's more, dentists who use it must handle it as a toxin prior to putting it in their patients' mouths. Yet, the American Dental Association (ADA) says it poses no threat to dental patients when it is in their mouth, leaching out of the filling and accumulating in tissues in the body.
SIDE NOTE: If a patient chooses to remove accumulated mercury (or other heavy metals) from the body after eliminating the source of these heavy metals, there are many techniques from oral supplementation to chelation to saunas that facilitate the evacuation of heavy metals from the body. By reducing or eliminating these toxins from the body it reduces the damaging effects and allows the body to begin the process of repair and healing not possible while high levels of heavy metals were present.
Anyone needing dental work that prefers to reduce their intake and accumulation of toxic heavy metals. The choice for mercury-free dentistry and mercury free fillings is especially recommended for anyone suffering from a chronic disease or illness.
Another good reason to eliminate mercury fillings is because they are in close proximity to other metal restorations (crowns, bridges, partial dentures), which can generate electrogalvanic (electrical) currents in the mouth. These currents can overwhelm physiologic functions in the body. By removing Amalgam metal fillings in favor of mercury-free fillings, electric currents are minimized and this helps allow head and neck tissues to function more normally.
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To arrange for mercury-free dentistry, or to learn more about the physical hazards associated with mercury fillings, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.
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