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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!