I’m immunocompromised. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and I heard that the mercury in amalgam fillings can be dangerous for people in my situation. I spoke to my dentist about it. He said it was a bunch of hippie hooey, whatever that means and it would more dangerous for me to take them out. I’m just not feeling at peace leaving a neurotoxin in my body given my current situation. Would a holistic dentist help me?
“Hippie Hooey”. Hmmm….At least he’s open-minded. Amalgam fillings are becoming more and more controversial. On the one side, you have the American Dental Association (ADA) standing by their safety. On the other side, you have those like Dr. Oz trumpeting they’re dangerous. So, which is right?
Recently, the FDA has put out the following, “The developing neurological systems in fetuses and young children may be more sensitive to the neurotoxic effects of mercury vapor. Very limited to no clinical data is available regarding long-term health outcomes in pregnant women and their developing fetuses, and children under the age of six, including infants who are breastfed.”
I would think that should include immunocompromised people. So, I understand your concern. Now, your dentist is only right about it being more dangerous to remove them if you don’t do a sanitary amalgam removal. He doesn’t, so it would be more dangerous for him to remove your mercury-laden fillings.
What Can a Holistic Dentist Do For You?
When you go to a holistic dentist, you can be certain that the only things which enter your body are good for you. They would never use an amalgam filling on a patient. They’re also careful in how they remove amalgam fillings. They want to protect you from inhaling any vapors or swallowing any pieces. Because mercury has a very low melting point, they will also keep cold water on it to keep the mercury from melting into your mouth while the procedure is taking place.
Holistic Dentists are more open-minded. They work with the patient’s body. For example, if a patient has metal sensitivities, they will work around those limitations, using zirconia or composite resin. Some go so far as being metal-free dentists for all patients.
I think a person in your situation would find great peace of mind going to a holistic dentist. They’ll listen to your concerns and treat you accordingly, without any scoffing or blowing you off.
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