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Dental Amalgam Fillings: Know the Effects on Health and Environment

According to studies, humans consume 10% of the world’s mercury, and dental practices are among the largest consumers of this substance globally. Dental offices are also considered to be the largest source of mercury in waterways. The 50% liquid that is in silver fillings can end up in the environment through burial and cremation. Moreover, people can also absorb mercury as it is vaporised easily from the mouth into the body. Tremors and kidney toxicity are some of the symptoms that a person could experience. Thus, nowadays numerous countries are phasing out the use of mercury in silver amalgam fillings.

Health experts who believed about the adverse effects and risks of dental amalgam suggest that avoid having new silver fillings, particularly if you are planning to get pregnant, already bearing a child or breastfeeding as well as allowing your child to have their teeth restored with dental amalgam. Furthermore, if you are planning to remove or replace your dental amalgam, talk to your dental team first so you know they are knowledgeable about the right safety protocols of removing the amalgam fillings.

To know more about dental amalgam, visit your trusted Northmead dentist here at My Local Dentists Northmead. If you’re concerned with silver fillings, we can discuss the other options available. At My Local Dentists Northmead we only use the best filling material and have a wide range of shades to match your tooth colour, so they look like your restorations will look like real teeth.

Call us today to know more about our PAY NO GAP Offer, which includes: Check-up, Scale & Clean, Fluoride, and X-rays. If you are with a Private Health Fund, we can provide you with NO GAP preventive treatments! Book online or call (02) 9630 9996.

(We are located in Northmead and serve patients from Northmead, Westmead, North Parramatta, Wentworthville, Winston Hills, Old Toongabbie and from all Sydney metro areas.)