Goodbye Mercury Fillings: Why It’s Time to Make a Healthy Change for Your Smile and Body


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Dr. Shauna Palmer, holistic dentist at Health & Beauty Dentistry in West-Kelowna:

For decades, dental amalgam, a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper, has been a popular material used for dental fillings. The material’s durability and affordability made it an attractive choice for dentists and patients alike. However, with growing concerns over the potential health risks associated with mercury exposure and the development of safer alternatives, many people are now opting to replace their mercury dental fillings. In this blog post, we will explore the various reasons why it is a good decision to get rid of your mercury dental fillings and embrace a healthier smile.”


1. Mercury Exposure and Health Risks

Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that, when ingested or inhaled, can cause severe health problems. Dental amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury, which can release small amounts of vapor over time. While the American Dental Association (ADA) and other organizations maintain that the levels of mercury exposure from amalgam fillings are safe, others argue that even low levels of exposure can be harmful.

Several studies have linked mercury exposure to a range of neurological, immunological, and reproductive issues. Some common symptoms of mercury poisoning include tremors, memory loss, insomnia, and mood swings. Certain individuals, such as pregnant women, children, and people with pre-existing health conditions, may be more susceptible to the negative effects of mercury exposure.

2. Safer Alternatives to Mercury Fillings

Today, there are several safe and effective alternatives to mercury dental fillings. Composite resin fillings, made from a blend of plastic and glass, are a popular choice due to their natural appearance and strong bond with the tooth structure. Ceramic fillings, typically made from porcelain, are another option that offers both durability and aesthetics. These materials do not contain any toxic elements and pose no health risks to patients.

In addition to being safer, these alternative filling materials are more aesthetically pleasing. Unlike the noticeable silver color of dental amalgam, composite resin and ceramic fillings can be closely matched to the color of your natural teeth, creating a seamless and discreet appearance.

3. Environmental Concerns

By choosing to replace your mercury dental fillings, you are also contributing to a healthier environment. Mercury is a significant environmental pollutant that can contaminate air, water, and soil. Dental amalgam waste has been identified as a significant source of mercury pollution in waterways, leading to the bioaccumulation of mercury in fish and other aquatic organisms.

Many countries have already taken steps to reduce the use of mercury in dental practices. In 2013, the Minamata Convention on Mercury was established as a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. One of its primary objectives is to phase down the use of dental amalgam in favor of safer alternatives.

4. Improved Dental Techniques

Over the years, dental techniques have improved significantly, making the process of replacing mercury fillings safer and more comfortable for patients. Advanced tools and technologies, such as digital imaging and precision instruments, enable dentists to remove old amalgam fillings with minimal discomfort and potential complications.

The use of rubber dams, specialized suction devices, protective barriers and oxygen supply for the patient during the removal process can also help to minimize mercury exposure for both the patient and the dental team. These are a few of the elements involved in SMART- SAFE MERCURY AMALGAM REMOVAL TECHNIQUES. Once the amalgam fillings are removed, dentists can use modern adhesive techniques to bond the new composite or ceramic fillings to the tooth structure, ensuring a long-lasting and secure restoration.

5. Long-Term Health Benefits Through Dentistry with a Holistic Approach
Dr. Shauna Palmer, holistic dentist at Health & Beauty Dentistry in West-Kelowna:

“Holistic dental care is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s no wonder. Our environment impacts our health. Reducing the amount of exposure we receive from toxic substances is important if we want to protect ourselves from illness and injury.

Thankfully, the dental community is on board with finding healthful ways to provide dental treatment and care. If you’d like more information regarding safer amalgam fillings removal or other holistic dental care options, don’t hesitate to ask. My team and I are happy to provide you with information regarding best dental care practices and providing you with safe, quality dental services.

Replacing your mercury dental fillings can have long-term health benefits for both your oral and overall health. Composite and ceramic fillings are less likely to crack or fracture over time, reducing the risk of tooth decay.”

Dr. Shauna Palmer is (SMART) Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique – Certified.

Discover the revolutionary (SMART) Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique at Health & Beauty Dentistry in West-Kelowna, provided by the highly skilled and compassionate Dr. Shauna Palmer. As part of her holistic dental services, Dr. Palmer utilizes this cutting-edge procedure to safely remove old mercury fillings, minimizing your exposure to harmful mercury vapors.

Experience the difference with our state-of-the-art, health-conscious dental practice and replace your mercury fillings with new, healthier, and more aesthetically pleasing white fillings. Don’t wait – give yourself the gift of a healthier smile and enhanced well-being.

Contact Dr. Shauna Palmer at Health & Beauty Dentistry today to schedule your consultation and begin your journey towards a brighter, safer smile!

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