Today, patients have the opportunity to experience a safer and more thorough approach to oral health and wellness. Named biological dentistry, this method of oral health care differs from traditional “drill and fill” dentistry in several key ways. This article has been created to introduce South Florida families to the concept of biological dentistry, and why it’s important.
According to a new poll by Zogby Research Services, only about 1 in 10 patients are told by their dentist that dental amalgam (silver fillings) contains a potentially harmful level of liquid mercury (i). It’s estimated that over 1 billion teeth have been restored with dental amalgam worldwide, presenting a serious health concern for the patient, the environment, and the general world population.
In 1991, the World Health Organization released a report confirming that the mercury content of dental amalgam (used for silver fillings) was the single greatest source of mercury pollution in non-industrialized settings. Since that time, health professionals and environmental scientists have pushed hard to have the material banned. Unfortunately, there is nothing illegal about putting this dangerous neuro-toxin in your mouth. Learn more about the dangers of mercury-rich dental amalgam in the free infographic below.
This past August, Assure A Smile engaged the South Florida community in an awareness campaign for biocompatible dentistry. Our goal was simple: To encourage families to think holistically when selecting a dental practice.
Assure a Smile is excited to announce the news that the United States Federal government has officially called for the phasing-out of dental amalgam. The U.S. is aiming to reduce the use of this highly toxic metallic element in cooperation with the World Mercury Treaty, the newest of global environmental initiatives headed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and
Research that points to serious health problems associated with mercury fillings continues to accumulate, building tension among health professionals and patients nationwide. Though the American Dental Association does not recommend having silver amalgam fillings removed, international authorities differ in opinion. With the recent dental amalgam ban in Costa Mesas, California, Americans are revisiting the potential poisonous nature of traditional silver fillings.