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!
“Ozone” became a household term in the latter part of the 20th century as people frequently talked about the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere. But that same type of molecule—composed of three oxygen atoms—has actually been used for over a century in medical applications. At Virtue Dental Care in Yadkinville, our team of holistic dentists uses this gentle and versatile therapy to help prevent and treat a variety of issues with the teeth and gums.
Ozone is composed of three oxygen molecules and acts as a powerful oxidant. While we typically hear about “anti-oxidants” in the context of healthy foods and beverages, oxidants are important when treating disease because they remove electrons from reactive materials. When used in dental applications, this means that ozone punctures the cell wall of pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses, effectively killing them while leaving healthy tissues intact. Treatment with ozone is:
In dentistry, ozone can either be used as a gas, oil, or liquid. Liquid ozone can be used to flush and irrigate tissues, whereas ozone gas can be a great option for treating areas that are difficult to reach. Ozonated oil may be applied to dental tools used in your treatment. Some of the ways we may recommend using ozone include:
Ozone is just one of the many holistic treatments that we offer at Virtue Dental Care. Our dentists, Dr. William Virtue and Dr. Mary Katherine Taylor use a highly personalized approach to ensure that your smile is healthy and disease-free. To schedule your appointment at our biological dental practice, call our Yadkinville office today at !