by Alvin Danenberg, DDS
Periodontist/Bluffton Center for Dentistry
Mercury – A Hidden Toxin
Do you have dental amalgams in your mouth? Do you eat large-sized fish like tuna, shark, or swordfish? Mercury, a hidden toxin, could be lurking in these.
Research suggests, and common-sense demands, mercury should be avoided. Here are some important questions and answers:
What does mercury do to you?
Mercury can cause many symptoms because it affects almost all normal biological functions. Some symptoms of mercury toxicity are:
- Fatigue and muscle weakness
- Weight gain and decrease in metabolism
- High levels of anxiety
How do you avoid mercury exposure?
Avoid eating large fish. Eat fish with minimal mercury content like wild caught salmon, sardines, kippers, and anchovies.
How do you get rid of toxic mercury?
Getting rid of mercury toxicity can be difficult, and treatment can take many months. Your body has natural mechanisms to remove mercury. But, these systems can become damaged from poor lifestyle and poor diet choices.
To assist your body to remove mercury, your gut must be healthy and you must eat nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods. This type of diet will stimulate your body’s natural mechanisms to push out heavy metals from individual cells and prepare mercury to be eliminated as waste products.
If you wanted your existing dental amalgams removed by a dentist, the dentist must be trained how to remove these mercury fillings correctly to prevent you from being overexposed to the mercury vapors. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) offers a certification program that teaches dentists how to remove amalgams safely. The Certification Program is called the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART).
Dentists who have been certified in the SMART program use unique agents and specific equipment to protect patients and staff. A few days before the appointment, patients begin a daily supplement regimen to help the body remove toxic substances naturally. The day of the appointment, patients rinse with activated charcoal and chlorella solutions to prepare the mouth for the procedure. The patient, staff, and doctor wear protective clothing; the teeth being treated have a protective “rubber dam” placed around them; and specialized high-speed suction is used to remove all mercury vapor. These are necessary steps to remove existing amalgam fillings in a healthy and biologically acceptable manner.
Be proactive. Be aware of what gets into your body and how to remove toxins safely.