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20Apr2015

Why Our Practice Cares About Mercury-Free Dentistry

YOU MAY THINK THAT modern, white composite fillings are primarily about a more attractive cosmetic appearance… But it’s about more than looks.

50% Of Mercury Waste Comes From Dental Offices

Until recently, the most common type of fillings placed were silver amalgam fillings (the dark, silver-looking kind). Amalgam fillings are typically composed of about 50% mercury—mixed with other metals to stabilize and balance the mercury.

Recently, the trend has moved toward white composite fillings which better blend with your natural teeth.

Here’s An Informative Story About Amalgam Fillings

We Place Only Mercury-Free Dental Fillings

What are the health disadvantages of mercury fillings? Well, they release low levels of mercury in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. High levels of mercury vapor exposure are associated with adverse effects in the brain and the kidneys.

At Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Olga practices mercury-fee dentistry. We serves the community of West Valley, particularly Goodyear & Surprise with white composite fillings only, which are proved be a safer and better alternative.

But placing composite fillings is just step one in going mercury-free. What about the old amalgam fillings that we’re removing?

We Support Healthy Waterways & Wildlife

Although some health studies on silver amalgam fillings may still be inconclusive, one thing is undeniable—mercury is a major pollutant to our water supplies. Wildlife can suffer endocrine disruption and even death. We humans also suffer when we eat fish that has high levels of methyl mercury, a neuro-toxin.

What’s The Solution?

We have a device called a dental amalgam separator. When we remove amalgam fillings from patients, it separates the mercury and holds it until we can send it out for safe disposal.

The EPA, in partnership with other local and national organizations, is working hard to encourage legislative action that protects our water supply from dental mercury pollution. You can learn more about it at their website.

Do You Have Any Questions Or Concerns?

Do you still have amalgam fillings in your mouth? Don’t panic… That’s not the purpose of this post. But, let’s visit about it the next time you come in. And in the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about it, please ask us!

Thanks for your trust in our practice!

Top image by Flickr photographer, Betsssssy, used under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original: http://tinyurl.com/lmpdth7

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