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Frequently Asked Questions

That is a difficult question because the answer depends on who you ask. There are two different philosophies that address this issue. If you ask the dental profession they would say that the fillings are cost effective and long lasting (which is true). If you ask a holistic/ alternative practitioner (eg. naturopath, homeopath, acupuncturist) they would answer that mercury vapours evaporate off the fillings 24 hours a day since the moment they were placed in your mouth. You would inhale the vapours into your lungs and directly absorb 80% of that into the blood stream where it can be carried…
The main alternative to the metal fillings are called composite resins. They are plastic/glass materials. There is much talk in the media about BPA (Bisphenol A) and its effects on the human body. Regarding BPA’s presence and release from dental fillings, there is no research that shows there is any release but research is continuing to investigate this issue. Dental manufacturers are now producing filling materials that are BPA free although they are only a couple of products available at present.
There are two main concerns during the removal process. When the filling is being removed the debris generated can be swallowed and it consists of fine particles of the filling material which is made up of mercury, silver, tin and copper and each has its own level of toxicity. To protect the patient from this fine slurry of mixed metals a rubber dam is used. It acts like a raincoat around the teeth and as a barrier it holds the liquid debris away from the throat allowing it to be vacuumed up thereby preventing swallowing it. The second concern is…
Homeopathic remedies are used to complement existing dental treatment. For instance, many patients do not like to take pain killers so remedies can be used in their place. There is a difference though in how they work. A pharmaceutical forces the body to do something, in this case stop the sensation of pain. Homeopathic remedies on the other hand do not do anything on their own, rather they stimulate the body to heal itself. The body knows how to heal itself if given the information and the remedy acts as that information, therefore the correct remedy must be given to…
The gums are home to approximately 450 species of organisms of which the large majority are friendly and we want to inhabit our mouths. There are a number, though, that are found when gum disease is present and when they are eliminated, the signs and symptoms of gum disease disappear. One method to diagnose the presence of the “bad bugs” in our mouth is to use a microscope and look for their presence. A sample of plaque is taken and both the dentist and patient can look at what is growing in the plaque. The parasitic type of plaque is…
There is no recommended dietary intake for fluoride, in fact fluoride is a waste product and a reactive halide molecule. The theoretical benefits of fluoride according to the dental profession are topical. This means that having fluoride coating the surface of the tooth helps reduce the chance of developing cavities. If this is the case that the benefits are topical then why is fluoride added to the water because the topical dose it too low to benefit? Not only is the dose too low to benefit but by ingesting a low dose over years we are subjecting all the cells…