Sometimes in life, science and the subsequent proof we seek lag far behind validating research (this begs a whole other discussion on funding of such today). In support of my concerns about the dangers of fluoride and how we don’t know what we don’t know, I would like to share the tragic but compelling story of Ignaz Semmelweis. Continue reading →
It has been two weeks since my last blog post at which time I wrote about the possibility of elemental mercury exposure being an underlying component to a myriad of chronic health problems. If you were to ask most dental professionals what they think about this possibility, they would likely disagree and defer to the American Dental Association’s stand on this issue; mercury/amalgam fillings are safe.
The problem may be rooted (pun intended) in the fact that the mercury exposure typically associated with amalgam fillings is a low level mercury poisoning (micromercurialism) which may present itself as: moodiness, memory loss, inability to concentrate, anxiety and even severe depression, all symptoms that are commonly thought to be caused by stress or aging. But, not everyone believes this! Continue reading →
We are resuming the history lesson on mercury fillings and if you recall, I left off last time with a request for you to contemplate the statement “elemental mercury was a health hazard and because it was contained in amalgam fillings it should be banned!!!
This statement was made by doctor-dentists of the time who reasoned that if mercury could make hatters mad then what could it do to people who had it in their teeth? In an attempt to prevent unregulated barber dentists from exposing the public to this poison, doctor-dentists formed the first dental school in the U.S. in 1828 and subsequently in 1848 the first dental association, the American Society of Dental Surgeons (ASDS). In was an attempt to regulate and standardize dental treatment and give credibility to licensed dentists and here’s the kicker, prohibit the use of amalgam fillings by member dentists. Continue reading →
This week’s edition of Mouth to Mouth will continue to explore facts about fluoride; some of which are sure to surprise many of you.
Unlike many of my colleagues, I have refused to support the use of fluoride supplementations over the years, preferring instead to control oral health through home care and diet. It was a gut feeling I had when my children were infants and in light of recent studies I am glad I went with my instincts.
1. Contrary to previous belief, fluoride has minimal benefit when swallowed.
Modern research has now proven that the previous held belief that fluoride needed to be swallowed in order to be most effective is not true. Continue reading →