At dinner one night, my friend Sam mentioned that he had seen a new dentist. The dentist is located in Beverly Hills, CA and has taken over for the previous dentist who retired. Initially I thought Sam was just sharing, but soon realized something was bothering him.
Sam was concerned; amongst other dubious information, he was told the silver fillings in his mouth were poisonous and it was recommended that he have them removed. Being that I am a registered dental hygienist, this immediately set off alarms in my head.
People, if you ever hear those words come out of a dentists mouth, seek another dentist. While very few people have an allergic reaction to the silver or amalgam fillings, this is a false claim that can lead to agony and the loss of time, money and teeth.
In 1986, the American Dental Association Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs concluded that “removal of amalgam restorations solely for the alleged purpose of removing toxic substances from the body, when such treatment is performed at the recommendation of the dentist, presents a question of fraud or quackery in all but an exceedingly limited spectrum of cases.”
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