At one point in time, mercury fillings were a standard in the world of dentistry, but they are being phased out in several countries, including Sweden and Norway. If the name mercury fillings doesn’t sound familiar, you may recognize it by its other name: silver fillings.
The ban on mercury in Europe began last year when mercury filling material was no longer allowed to be used on children below the age of 15 or women that may be pregnant or nursing. In fact, more than twenty countries comprising the European Union have banned them. Recently, Nepal has also followed suit.
Currently, the American Dental Association (ADA) allows the use of mercury filling material as it is considered safe. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) however, prohibits dentists from throwing away mercury filling debris in the trash or into wastewater. Mercury has been associated with autoimmune diseases and various recurring health issues.
Silver dental filling material is comprised of mercury along with metals such as copper and silver and they have been used for decades in years in treating tooth cavities and decay. The fact that more and more countries are banning it is something to consider and be excited about.
This update is by Assure a Smile, the longest-tenured holistic dental practice in Miami. Our top priority is to provide patients with all-encompassing oral health care that safely improves oral health and wellness. By helping patients look and feel their best through a holistic dentistry approach, we strive to empower patients to make informed lifestyle choices that result in strong teeth, healthy gums, beautiful smiles, and optimum vitality. For more information on holistic dental care, CEREC technology, or to schedule an appointment with a holistic dentist, please visit https://www.assureasmile.com or call 305-274-0047
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