By Amanda Just and John Kall, DMD
Millions of Americans have mercury in their teeth, and they don’t even know it. However, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology is working to change that by educating dental patients and dentists about the health risks associated with silver-colored fillings (often called “amalgams”), all of which contain approximately 50% mercury.
The World Health Organization has established that adverse health effects from mercury can include tremors, impaired vision and hearing, paralysis, insomnia, emotional instability, developmental deficits during fetal development, and attention deficit and developmental delays during childhood.
“Mercury is toxic, and its use in all silver-colored dental fillings has been linked to risks for Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, infertility, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and many other adverse health conditions. Viable alternatives to these fillings have existed for decades,” Dr. Tammy DeGregorio, President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), recently explained.
To assist in getting its urgent health message about the dangers of mercury fillings out to the public, the IAOMT is currently featured on one of the most famous jumbotron billboards in Times Square, New York City. (Click to Article)