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 include:
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!
Like many professions, the field of dentistry has a wide variety of practitioners that believe in different dental care approaches, and it can be difficult to find a dentist that aligns with your needs and preferences. At Virtue Dental Care in Yadkinville, Dr. William Virtue and Dr. Mary Katherine Taylor are holistic dentists that provide preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatment options that are designed to not only maintain your oral health but also preserve your whole body health and well-being.
Most dentists focus on providing treatment options that fix one problem at a time, such as filling a cavity with metal amalgam or treating a diseased tooth with a root canal and sending you on your way. While this approach can be effective at treating the immediate issue at hand, it fails to take into account the interconnected nature of the human body. Treatments and materials used in the mouth can have a direct effect on other organ systems and your overall health. A great example of this is the link that has been established between gum disease and other health problems such as strokes, diabetes, and pre-term labor. Due to this mouth-body connection, we believe it is imperative to use only the safest treatment methods and biocompatible materials that will work in harmony with your body.
The backbone of our dental practice is the prevention of oral health problems through routine hygiene visits and preventive treatments designed to keep you disease-free, such as the use of ozone therapy to promote a healthy oral environment. When treatment is needed to restore health to your teeth or gums, or if you are simply interested in improving the aesthetics of your smile with cosmetic dental care, you can rely on our team to use biocompatible materials and techniques that are designed to keep you comfortable and pain-free while optimizing your treatment outcomes. This may include: