Mercury Poisoning Symptoms from Dental Amalgam
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), a trusted academy of professionals providing scientific resources to support new levels of safety in healthcare., has published a list of 21 symptoms that present in patients where poisoning from mercury amalgam may be the cause.
If you have these symptoms, bring them to the attention of your MD or your ND for diagnosis.
If you have mercury amalgam fillings in your teeth, be sure to make your MD/ND aware of this, as it is a part of your medical history that may aid them in their diagnosis.
Alzheimer's type nerve degeneration -- mercury is the only toxin that has ever been shown to directly cause all the typical degenerative pathologies of Alzheimer's disease in nerve cell cultures. This video from the University of Calgary illustrates an experiment that showed mercury in exceedingly small quantities causing the breakdown of growing neurons, leaving the neurofibrillary tangles seen in AD.
THE BOTTOM LINE _______________________________________________________________________
Mercury fillings are declared safe by the FDA and by the ADA. However, mercury fillings are being banned in many countries around the world -- including a July 2018 law for the every country in the European Union banning mercury amalgam to be used for any teenager or child under 16, and for any mother who is pregnant or nursing, even though they have not yet been banned in North America.
In the US, dental amalgam is not regulated as a material by the FDA, but as a prosthetic device. Because of this classification, amalgam is not forced to undergo the same testing as is required for pharmaceutical products.
In 2009, the FDA issued a ruling that reclassified mercury from a class I (least risk) device to class II (more risk) device. Because of this, a warning label must be enclosed in every package of dental amalgam that reads: “Dental amalgam has been demonstrated to be an effective restorative material that has benefits in terms of strength, marginal integrity, suitability for large occlusal surfaces, and durability. Dental amalgam also releases low levels of mercury vapor, a chemical that at high exposure levels is well-documented to cause neurological and renal adverse health effects.”
The fact is that mercury is a powerful neurotoxin; eating too many fish is not suggested because of mercury toxicity; if you can avoid allowing a dentist to put mercury in your mouth, do so.
If you already have many mercury fillings, it's much more difficult to remove mercury safely -- so much so that unless recommended by your ND or MD, dentists may not recommend dental mercury amalgam removal. (In addition, you should never have mercury amalgam removed by any dentist except one with the very best experience, certification in mercury removal, training, technology and results from previous patients). Here is a list of resources and questions to ask when searching for a great dentist for mercury amalgam removal.
1. Do your research; could any of the potential symptoms you are experiencing be caused by mercury amalgam?
2. Find a great doctor to verify if mercury in your dental work is a potential source of any health issues you may be experiencing.
3. Choose the best dentist for your mercury amalgam removal. Not all certified biological dentists -- even not all of those certified in safe mercury removal -- are the same. Here is a list of resources and questions to ask when searching for a great dentist for mercury amalgam removal.
Dr. Panahpour is a certified biological dentist with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). He has earned certifications in the S.M.A.R.T. protocol for safe mercury amalgam removal, and he is one of the most experienced biological dentists in North America using the Higgins Protocol for safe mercury amalgam removal. Dr. Panahpour has written a list of questions patients should ask when seeking a dentist for safe mercury amalgam removal in his book The Good Dentist, and on his blog here.