Silver amalgam fillings, fluoride varnish, and root canal therapy are a few of the most common traditional dental treatments. These procedures address and help prevent serious dental health issues, but ironically, non-toxic dentists also suspect them of causing other serious health issues. The non-toxic dentistry philosophy is that patients can avoid the adverse effects of these issues by receiving alternative treatments.
Also called natural dentists, holistic dentists, and biological dentists, non-toxic dentists prioritize the mouth-body connection when treating patients. Therefore, they don’t use toxic materials that will harm other aspects of a patient’s health.
In this blog, our natural dentist discusses the harmful effects caused by silver amalgam fillings, fluoride, and root canal therapy.
Silver Amalgam Fillings
While mercury is not allowed in our water and other parts of the environment, many dentists put mercury in their patient’s mouths every day. Silver amalgam fillings are made up of 50 percent silver, copper, tin, or zinc and 50 percent mercury. According to the American Dental Association, the presence of mercury in these fillings aren’t a problem, but the ADA also warns that the fillings are toxic before placement and after removal. So, what does that mean for our health?
Well, a recent review by the FDA concluded that no negative health impacts have been linked to the amount of mercury that is released from silver fillings, but they also haven’t conducted any long-term studies. Non-toxic dentists, like Dr. Derrick Johnson, are taking a proactive approach by providing metal-free dentistry.
Risks involved with silver amalgam fillings include:
- Increased dental sensitivity
- Allergic reactions
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Loss of coordinated movement
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- Impaired hearing and speech
- Impaired walking ability
- Muscle fatigue
Each metal filling increases these risks. Contact a non-toxic dentistry practice near you today if you want to have a silver amalgam filling removed. Their Safe Metal Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) will ensure you are not exposed to any mercury during the procedure. Your natural dentist can replace the filling with any of these safe alternatives: ceramic, zirconia, composite resin, or porcelain.
Since the introduction of fluoride into city water systems in 1945, research has proven that the risk of cavities has decreased, but other oral and overall health issues have increased. Some of the health risks associated with dental fluoride include:
- Cognitive decline
- Heart failure
- Lower fertility rates
- Bone cancer
- Skeletal fluorosis
Typically, the first sign of overexposure to fluoride is small, bright white streaks or specks on teeth. This is called dental fluorosis and is common in children who have swallowed fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash while their teeth are still developing. Over time, these streaks or specks may turn yellow or brown and the surfaces of the teeth become rough.
If you suspect that your child has dental fluorosis, contact a natural dentist near you today.
Root Canal Therapy
Dr. Weston A. Price was the first dentist to question the effects of root canal therapy (RCT). During his 35 years of research, he found that the bacteria from the diseased tooth (after root canal treatment) led to heart disease 100 percent of the time and led to other diseases 88 percent of the time. He also believed RCT contributed to the rise of autoimmune diseases.
While his findings have been discounted by many in the dental field, they have never been disproved. For this reason, non-toxic dentists believe it is much more important to keep the patient healthy than to save the shell of the tooth.
Instead of root canal therapy, non-toxic dentistry offers these methods of treatment:
- Tooth extraction
- Laser therapy
- Ozone irrigation
- Diet modifications
Choose Non-Toxic Dentistry
Natural dentists provide all the relevant information to patients so they can make the best decisions for their oral and overall health. When presented with the facts, non-toxic dentistry is usually the preferred option.
Our natural dentist is happy to answer any questions you may have about non-toxic dentistry. If you live in the Bentonville, AR area, call (479) 250-4473 to schedule a consultation.