The FDA has advised ‘vulnerable’ groups – pregnant and lactating women; women trying to conceive;
fetuses, infants and younger kids; those with neurological or kidney issues; and those allergic to
mercury – to avoid dental amalgam. We take this advice very seriously. That’s why we
mercury-free smiles as a priority!
FDA advises “vulnerable groups” to avoid dental amalgam
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised certain “vulnerable and high-risk groups” to avoid
getting dental amalgam fillings if possible due to the potentially harmful effects the mercury in
these fillings may pose to their health.
In a recent statement, the FDA has updated its recommendations on dental amalgam and potential risks
to certain individuals that may be posed by these mercury-containing fillings that are used to
restore the missing structure and surfaces of decayed teeth.
The groups that the FDA has listed as facing greater risks for potential harmful health effects
Pregnant women and their developing fetuses
Women who are planning to become pregnant
Nursing women and their newborns and infants
Children, especially those younger than six years of age
People with neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s
Those with impaired kidney functions
Those who are extremely sensitive or allergic to mercury or other components in dental amalgam.
Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury and a powdered alloy comprising silver, tin and copper. The
FDA has been reviewing and monitoring scientific publications and reports and conducting public
discussions on the effects of dental amalgam and mercury vapor on patient health for over 20 years.
They now also recommend non-mercury alternatives like composite resins and glass ionomer cement
fillings, especially for vulnerable populations. The FDA has made these recommendations after
obtaining the views of healthcare professionals and public comments about dental amalgam and other
metal implants and evaluating published literature.
If you are searching for natural, mercury-free dentistry in Yadkinville, North Carolina, make Virtue
Dental Care your provider of choice!
At Virtue Dental Care, we take pride in helping our Yadkinville area patients to not only benefit from healthy, disease-free teeth and gums but also beautiful smiles that they are proud to show off to others. We provide a wide array of cosmetic dentistry options at our dental office, ranging from professional tooth whitening to complete smile makeovers.
How can cosmetic dentistry enhance my smile?
“Cosmetic dentistry” is a broad term that encompasses many types of treatments designed to improve your smile’s appearance. Nearly everyone has something they’d like to change about their smile! You may benefit from cosmetic dentistry if:
Your teeth are yellowed, stained, or dull: Professional tooth whitening is the safest and most effective way to brighten your teeth if they have become stained or discolored.
Your teeth are crooked: Depending on the severity of misalignment, we may recommend orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign® clear aligners. Mildly crooked teeth can be hidden by beautiful porcelain veneers.
Actual Patient Results
This is a veneer case before and after
Your teeth have chips, pitted enamel, gaps, asymmetry, or other aesthetic issues: Many imperfections in the shape, position, or surface of the teeth can be corrected with custom-made porcelain veneers. These thin pieces of porcelain are created for your unique smile and bonded onto the front of the teeth, where they transform your smile in as few as two visits.
You have tooth decay or disease: In many cases, restorative dental care such as tooth-colored fillings or beautiful porcelain crowns can not only restore health and function to your smile but also improve its appearance. Disease-free smiles simply look better and send others the message that you are full of health and vitality!
You have lost teeth: Missing teeth can take a toll on both your oral health and your overall appearance. With custom-made tooth replacement options such as dental implants, bridges, and dentures, your smile will look complete again. Replacing missing teeth can also take years off of your appearance by filling in your cheeks and eliminating the “sunken in” look that tooth loss can create.