Holistic dentistry also referred to as biologic dentistry; is an alternative approach that focuses on the use of non-toxic restorative materials for dental work, and emphasizes the unrecognized impact that dental toxins and dental infections may have on a person's overall health. While traditional dentistry focuses only on the areas above the neck, holistic dentistry looks at the patient as a whole system and how the mouth relates to the rest of the body.
Here at Dental Distinction we specialise in safely removing amalgam fillings. We follow strict guidelines for both pre and post removal, as well as during the procedure to ensure all amalgam is removed safely and correctly so your body can begin the recovery phase.
Please continue to read this page for more information about amalgam fillings, gum disease and focal infection and the impact they all have on your overall health.
AMALGAM AND YOUR HEALTH
WHAT IS THAT ‘SILVER FILLING’??
The silver fillings in your mouth are actually about 50% mercury. Dental amalgam is an alloy of Silver, Tin, Zinc and Copper combined with an equal amount of Elemental Mecury.
As there is a continuous release of mercury from dental amalgam, dentists must dispose of scrap amalgam as toxic waste following strict guidelines. (It is illegal to put it in the garbage, the sewer or the drain).
TELL US THE FACTS!
- Mercury from amalgam fillings has been shown to cause a 50% reduction in kidney filtration after just two months in the mouth (animal studies). Kidney damage from mercury has been reported often in the literature30, 31, 32, 33, 34.
- The most common symptoms of long-term low-level mercury poisoning are headaches and psycho-emotional disturbances. Muscle twitches and body shakes are later symptoms thus more severe.
- Research from 1993 onwards has shown that mercury from amalgam fillings will cause an increase in the number of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the gut and mouth35, 36, 37. The number of antibiotic resistant bacteria fall rapidly after the amalgams are removed.
- Mercury from amalgams can cause a weakening in the wall of small blood vessels (micro-angiopathies) – this results in a reduction of blood supply to the tissues resulting in reduced function and/or cell death6.
- Heart function may be affected by mercury and electrical currents from amalgam38, 39.
- Some reports suggest that elevated cholesterol levels are related to mercury in the body. It has been noted that cholesterol levels drop after removal of amalgam fillings.
- Although the dental associations claim that less than 1% of the population show true allergy to amalgam, the latest research41 indicates that the real figure is closer to 13%. Assuming that only half the population in Australia has amalgam fillings, this would mean that over 1,700,000 people may be sick due to an allergic reaction to these fillings. Since the medical profession as a whole do not acknowledge the dangers of amalgam, it is most likely that the majority of these people are misdiagnosed and therefore mistreated.
- Mercury will always have a detrimental effect of the immune system. This creates an environment in the body for other diseases to develop43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50.
- Mercury binds to proteins and thus makes them look like foreign material to the cells of the immune system50, 51. Overt auto-immune diseases may then ensue.
- There are literally hundreds of peer reviewed scientific papers discussing the damaging effects that mercury has on the immune system50.
- Mercury from amalgam may cause an increase in allergies, skin rashes and itching52, 53.
- Mercury will bind strongly to selenium, a trace element needed for a wide variety of enzyme functions. Latest research indicates a direct relationship between reduced blood selenium levels and an increase in the rate of some types of cancer54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59.
- Many studies indicate that selenium supplementation will help to protect from the damaging effects of mercury60, 61, 62, 63.
- Mercury binds to haemoglobin in the blood and reduces its capacity to transport oxygen40. This may be one of the courses of chronic fatigue.
- Mercury at levels as low as 1 part/ten million will destroy the walls of red blood cells64, 65, 43.
In May 1998 the British Government recommended that dentists not place
or remove amalgam in pregnant women.
- Mercury from amalgam fillings will cross the placenta and concentrate in the foetus66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76.
- Mercury from amalgam can also be transported via the breast milk and concentrate in the body of the feeding infant.
- Breast milk increases the bioavailability of mercury to the infant77, 78.
- Prenatal exposure to mercury may cause development defects and may cause permanent neurological damage in the unborn child69, 70.
- Tissue levels of mercury in the foetus, newborn and infant are directly proportional to the number of amalgam fillings in the mother’s mouth79.
- Mercury is mutagenic – it can cause single strand breaks in DNA80, 81, 82, 83, 84.
- Female dental personnel exposed to mercury, exhibit twice the rate of miscarriage, infertility and still births as compared to the rest of the population58, 59, 12, 49.
If you are pregnant, never allow amalgam fillings to be placed in your mouth. Do
not go into a dental surgery where amalgam is used, as the mercury vapour
levels in the air may be harmful to the foetus16.
- Electric currents, generated by the interaction of different metals in the mouth, can be measured in micro-amps. The central nervous system operates in the range on nano-amps. This is about 1,000 times less than the currents generated in the mouth. This is in the same order of magnitude as that induced in a person standing under high-tension power cables85, 86, 87.
- Electrical currents, formed by placing gold into a mouth with amalgam fillings, will create an increase in electrical currents in the fillings, resulting in an increase in mercury release from all the fillings.
- Placing a gold crown over an amalgam filling may cause a four-fold increase in the amount of mercury being driven through the tooth62, 44. Gold crowns, on top of amalgam, create a permanent galvanic cell. Amalgam is still the most commonly used material to build a core for a crown.
This practice is contra-indicated by the manufacturers Caulk and Ivoclar.
- Dental fillings are an implant of materials into living tissues. Neither the United States Food and Drug Administration nor the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration have approved mixed dental amalgams as an implant material.
- Although the dental authorities make claims about amalgam safety, they have not presented one scientific paper which indicates that this material is toxicologically safe.
- In dental surgeries where amalgam is used, the mercury vapour levels may be so high as to be hazardous to health. Dental associations have said that if mercury from amalgam is so dangerous for the patient, than why is it that the dentists, who are exposed to far greater levels or mercury, are not sick? This claim in not substantiated by the scientific literature. In fact, dental personnel show a range of medical different from the rest of the population including:
- Twice the rate of glioblastomas than the rest of the population90,
- Reduced cognitive levels have been demonstrated91, 92, 93,
- Psycho-motor and psycho-emotional studies of dentists, demonstrated a severe drop on scores compared to the rest of the population94,
- Twice the rate of suicide of any profession group, and
- 20% of Canadian dentists are on permanent disability for psychological reasons9.
DETOXIFICATION AND AMALGAM REMOVAL
Clinical experience has demonstrated that people affected by mercury from dental amalgam will often enhance the benefits of amalgam removal if removal is combined with a detoxification routine prior to, during and after the amalgam removal.
Removal of amalgam fillings has been shown to substantially lower the body burden of mercury88, 89. Protocols do exist for the safer removal of dental amalgam from your mouth. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in exposure to an unacceptable level of mercury. Removing old amalgam fillings must be performed with extreme care.
Following a thorough dental examination, which allows us to chart the existing fillings and to assess the presence of any dental and oral diseases we then carry on to perform a number of other steps before removing the Mercury from the mouth. These are;
Stage 1 - Health Assessment
Certain symptoms have been reported to be associated with mercury exposure. We work with other allied health practitioners to assess the possible link between a person’s illnesses, the condition of their mouth and their exposure to mercury from their amalgam fillings.
Methodology may include;
✔ Hair mineral analysis to look at the body composition of different metals and minerals.
✔ Chelation therapy (active binding and removal of heavy metals),
✔ Blood tests,
✔ Saliva PH testing and
✔ Urine PH testing
These tests give an overall profile of the health of your body. Results will give us indications as to the ways to facilitate repair and healing of body tissues and organs through diet and supplementation together with removal of infection and heavy metals from the mouth.
Stage 2 - Supplementation
A standard range of vitamins and minerals has been shown to be effective in heavy metal detoxification when taken in conjunction with amalgam removal.
Literature shows that blood chemistries can change when amalgam fillings are removed. To perform this procedure safely and effectively, specific vitamins and minerals can be used to protect the tissues and take advantage of these changes for further detoxification.
Stage 3 - Sequencing
Deciding on the sequence of amalgam removal can vary between individuals. In most cases amalgam is removed in quadrants. This means each back section at the time. We may assess the situation depending on the electrical charge of the fillings or on any indication from a your health practitioner.
The main aim is to remove all amalgams safely and as soon as possible to eliminate the source of Mercury exposure.
Stage 4 - Amalgam Removal
|Dental Rubber Dam
|All amalgam removals are performed using rubber dam isolation to prevent the inhalation of Mercury vapour through the mouth and the ingestion of debris created during the procedures.
||Inhalation of toxic vapors through the nose is prevented through the administration of medical oxygen through a small nose piece.
All air in the surgery is constantly filtered by special devices to prevent build up of toxic gases in the dental surgeries.
Stage 5 - Follow up Dental and Health Check
In general it is recommended that a 6 monthly checkup be scheduled for a dental and health examination. In most cases we recommend that supplementation be continued for at least that period.
These stages are all discussed with our patients at a thorough consultation appointment before treatment is started. Appointment scheduling and costing are laid out fully in advance.
Amalgam removal is often thought to be very expensive. Our clinic sets these prices moderately to ensure they are within the reach of all most people.
You only get one chance to remove your amalgams in the correct way. It will best to follow the guidelines that have been trialed with success to make sure you avoid latent risks and get an optimum result.
GUM DISEASE AND YOUR HEALTH
Gum disease is now thought to contribute to a number of illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, lowe birth rates in pregnancy and possibly even cancer.
Also known as Gingivitis, this condition is generally caused by a build-up of plaque around the gum areas which surround your teeth. If your brushing and flossing technique is not satisfactory, this plaque will aggravate the gums causing them to become inflamed, red and swollen. You may also notice they bleed when you brush and floss.
Gingivitis is a reversible condition and with effective cleaning your gums may be healthy in only a couple of weeks. If you have gingivitis and you do not address the issue, it may develop into periodontitis, the most aggressive form of gum disease. This condition is associated with the potential loss of teeth and underlying bone.
To prevent gum disease, you should clean your teeth every day with a small, soft toothbrush, attend regular appointments for examinations and professional cleanings, eat a well-balanced diet and limit the frequency of sugary and acidic foods.
DENTAL/FOCAL INFECTION THEORY AND YOUR HEALTH
In ancient Greece, Hippocrates reported they could cure a person with a case of arthritis simply by extracting a tooth. 'Focal Infection Theory' (as they called it) is a dispelled theory from the early 1900's suggesting that bacteria in localized infections (typically in the mouth) could leak into other parts of the body resulting in almost any kind of disease, such as arthritis - heart disease, cancer, or mental illness.
The mouth can be a source of infection in various ways. These include:
|An abscessed tooth
||A root canal treated tooth
|The dark area represents a focus of infection referred to as a "dental abscess"
This tooth has already been root treated but persistent infection has led to
further progression of disease. This demonstrates some of the difficulty
with fully sterilising infection from root treated teeth.
|Active decay in the teeth
||Infection within the jaw bone
Decay often starts from in-between teeth. From there is gets deep into the
body of the tooth and ultimately into the blood and nerve tissue in the
center. The bacteria responsible can find a way into the body
through this portal.
This area represents retained infection within the jaw possible sometime after a
tooth has already been removed. This demonstrates the importance of
cleaning the infected sockets (the space where the tooth used
to reside) after an extraction.
|Impacted wisdom teeth
The area behind the wisdom tooth shows an area where bacteria area causing
an infection. This is often the case because it is impossible to clean
hidden areas like this one and hence infection can occur.
Gum disease is very prevalent within society and is brought about by
plaque building up around the neck of the teeth. This can
be prevented with good oral hygiene and
regular visits for professional dental assessments.
The pictures above inlcude disease within both the skin and muscles of the oral cavity. Regular dental check ups are instrumental in identifying these at an early stage and providing treatment as needed. For example; any white patch should be treated with suspicion as a possible precursor to oral cancer.
It is only logical to conclude that retained and untreated infection can spread via the blood stream to other site and cause damage elsewhere.
Furthermore chronic infection creates chronic inflammation (the body's response to fight infection) which can be harmful to a person’s health.
That is why a holistic approach to dental care takes into account the health of all the oral structures.
It is important to realise that infection in the mouth is very often without a manifestation of pain. Hence individuals can be badly affected and be completely unaware of their problem.
To identify and treat any foci of infection it is necessary to perform a very thorough examination at regular intervals and then provide suitable treatment modalities.
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