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Rating: 5 Dermatologist Walnut Creek - Five Star Reviews By James W.
Dr. William E. Virtue DDS, FIAOMT, NMD
I have been going to Dr. Virtue's dental office for many years after going to many other dentists in the area with no sucess. This practice is the TOTAL EXPERIENCE! From the time in walk in until you walk out you feel that not only are you in the best hands but that you are among experienced, caring friends. Not only do they care about their patients but about each other and it is apparent from the first visit. If you are looking for a dentist I strongly recommend Virtue Dental Care in Yadkinville. It is worth trying. Bet you can't just go one time!
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Yadkinville NC practice cuts through myths, discusses the facts about mercury in dentistry
Amalgam fillings have been used in general dentistry for more than 150 years. Also known as silver fillings due to their silver appearance, these fillings were commonly used by dentists due to their strength and affordability. What millions of patients may not have realized is the dental amalgam used to make these fillings contains 45 to 55 percent mercury.

While mercury may be found naturally in the air, water, soil, and some foods, concerns have arisen over how much mercury is released via these fillings and the amount of mercury the body absorbs.

As a mercury-safe practice, Virtue Dental Care has gone to great lengths to protect patients and staff from the negative effects of these fillings. Mercury is such a concern that vapors released during the filling removal process can put the patient and dental staff at risk. For this reason, Virtue Dental Care abides by the safety protocol established by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, which in part dictates that:
  • Patient's skin be protected from exposure to particulates
  • An outside air source be available to prevent mercury aerosol from being inhaled
  • Use of mercury-rated masks and respirators by staff
A quick Google search results in lots of back and forth about the safety of mercury-containing fillings. By no means does Virtue Dental Care want to scare its patients. Dr. William Virtue and his team just want to assure all potential patients are aware of the risks. An informed patient is generally a safer, healthier, and happier patient.

Mercury in dentistry, the facts

Yadkinville NC patients might be surprised to know that:
  • Sweden has phased out the use of dental mercury, while countries such as Italy, Germany, and Spain have either reduced its use significantly or have established guidelines for its use.
  • Perhaps the aforementioned countries' leaders are aware that amalgam fillings are associated with a range of medical conditions including immune system dysfunction, Alzheimer's and dementia, kidney ailments, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cardiovascular problems.
  • It's estimated that 5 to 8 percent of Americans are allergic to mercury; however, since dentists do not test for mercury allergies prior to the filling procedure, some 21 million patients may unknowingly be exposed to the allergen via their fillings. Mercury toxicity is associated with muscle atrophy, twitching, mood swings, headaches, and cognitive decline.
  • Mercury-containing fillings in pregnant women have been linked to greater risk of autism to baby, as well as tremors and involuntary movements.
Dr. Virtue and his team are experienced in safely handling mercury. In turn, Virtue Dental Care can cut through the controversy that you may have read about online, to either restore your good health or prevent the ill effects of a historically common dental material. Call 336-600-1179.

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