Sure, celebrities always look for innovative ways to get headlines. Sometimes, though, it can backfire.
Case in point? Julia Roberts, who once earned a “yellow arrow of shame” after the tabloids took her to task for, among other things, “the scrap heap pile of metal nestled in the cavities lurking deep inside her capacious mouth.”
Like a good sport, she probably turned her other cheek. But, oops! Metal on that side, too.
Given that those “silver” amalgam fillings are actually 50% mercury and all forms of mercury are toxic, the aesthetic flaw is just the beginning of it.
An Open Letter To Julia Roberts
We love you too much to see you with mercury amalgam fillings. And maybe you’ve already had them replaced. After all, it’s been quite a while since you got called out on them. But if they’re still in place, there are a few things you might not know about that metal in your mouth:
- “Silver” fillings aren’t silver at all. They’re 50% mercury, mixed with silver, copper, tin, and other metals.
- All forms of mercury are toxic. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Russia have banned the use of mercury amalgam already, and the Minamata Convention on Mercury requires all 128 nations that signed onto it to phase out use of this dental material.
- Mercury vapors are emitted from mercury fillings. Constantly.
- Mercury can find its way into the brain and other organs and tissues.
- Mercury fillings can cause galvanic reactions, similar to licking a 9 volt battery. (Kids, don’t try that at home!)
- Mercury can combine with bacteria to form black tattoos in your mouth. This is mercury accumulating in your tissues.
Removing mercury fillings and replacing them with biocompatible restorations can be a big help. According to research published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, patients who had their fillings replaced fared significantly better than those who kept them.
In the treatment group, intra-oral and general health complaints were significantly reduced 3 years after completed replacement of amalgam fillings. Reductions in subjective health complaints after replacement of amalgam fillings have also been found in previous studies. The reference group received no intervention, and no improvement in health complaints was found. This is in agreement with data from patients with health complaints attributed to dental restorations, mainly dental amalgam, who did not change the restorations to other materials.
Patients of ours who have undergone safe mercury removal can also speak to the benefits. For instance,
I was in a total mess—in decline in every way: no energy, depressed, strange pains and symptoms, burning sensation throughout the body, unable to think clearly. Since seeing Dr. Erwin, I am a new man. I have enormous energy. I’ve dropped 15 pounds! I look and feel younger. I have met the woman of my dreams. I am happy. I am pain free. I have opened up spiritually and physically.
So if you still have those old fillings and decide to get the metal removed from your mouth, Julia, make sure you go where it’s done right.
- Make sure the office practices mercury-safe dentistry. This is different from just mercury-free. Safety protocols are necessary for your protection, as well as that of the dental team and the environment.
- Your best bet is to see a holistic or biological dentist. Such dentists have been trained to provide dental treatments in ways that support whole body health. Referrals to such dentists are available here and here and here and here.
- Have compatibility testing done before the amalgams are replaced. Ask the dentist about the best options for your unique biochemistry. Keep in mind, not all materials are created equal. Some contain fluoride. Some shrink more than others. All outgas – some more than others. Be curious. Do your homework.
- Placement techniques and skills vary. It’s okay to ask your dentist about their training in restorative dentistry, especially any recent courses they have attended.
A mercury-free smile is a beyond gorgeous smile – one that’ll really give them something to talk about!
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