I have always viewed mercury dental fillings as a norm of life. I don’t have them because I was vain and opted for composite fillings because they were prettier, but everyone else in my family have mercury dental fillings. However, when I brought my mum to the integrated oncology clinic, the first question the doctors asked her was whether she had mercury fillings and she was to remove them immediately! The episode made me think – if they deliver new mercury to dentists in a “bio-hazard” box to make fillings, and they also transport mercury away from the dentists after removal in a “bio-hazard” box to ensure no poisoning, WHY is the only safe place for mercury in our mouths?
Video: This dramatic video of mercury vapor leaking gas from a “silver amalgam” dental filling has outraged the world since it was first demonstrated at an International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) meeting in 1995. Mercury may be odorless, colorless, tasteless and toxic, but mercury vapor casts a shadow in black light! Mercury is not inert on our mouths in the filling but constantly “gassing” and leaking into our bodies!
Video: A feature length film about the devastating effects of dental mercury on patients, staff and the environment.
If you are still not convinced about the toxicity of mercury, watch this video below from the IAOMT – International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology to at least consider the electrical effects the metals in your mouth are having on your brain and body.
In view of being safe than sorry, we visited the only wholistic dentist we could find in Singapore, Dr Gan Siok Ngoh, who is a specialty-qualified periodontist (gum specialist) dental surgeon. She is very experienced with thirty years of practice under her belt. Being a wholistic dentist means that she promotes health and wellness of the whole person — instead of just treating the oral disease. She believes that to treat a patient, the whole-person approach must be acknowledged, which means dealing with individual’s mind, body, and spirit of the patient, and not merely his “Teeth” – or even her “Mouth”. You can find her full bio and more about the dental clinic she practices here. To officiate all the bio-dentistry she has been practicing for decades, she recently traveled to the USA got her official certification as a bio-compatible dentist from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
Dr Gan was in a medical centre practice for 19 years in the earlier part of her career, seeing mainly medically compromised patients. These patients fueled her search for understanding the root causes of diseases which took her to many healing centres in Europe where holistic dentistry is born. One of these places is the famous Paracelsus Clinic in Lushmuulle, Switzerland, a hub of the practice of western, naturopathic and eastern therapies to augment the healing potential of a human being.
First up, before any mercury fillings removal, N did the saliva test that revealed a few things:
- Bitewings and Digital Panoramic X-Ray: To reveal the health of his teeth, gums and jawbone structure
- pH test: First strip from bottom shows saliva pH to be around 6.8-7.0. It is more ideal to be alkaline but it is good that it is not acidic. Thank God we have been eating much more alkaline foods like green juices.
- Saliva test: Second strip shows that there is a normal volume of saliva which means he is sufficiently hydrated
- Saliva test: Top strip shows that he is still tad low on minerals (see a bit red on the left most box among the 3 boxes)
Dr Gan also did a Heavy metal test using N’s saliva and it revealed that he indeed had mercury in his saliva. No surprise since he has 3 mercury fillings. But this showed to me that mercury is not inert in his mouth.. It is at least leaking into his saliva, which logically moves in his digestive tract which means mercury was getting into entire body system slowly but surely. 🙁
To show the electrical properties of the mercury fillings, Dr Gan used 2 metal probes on the tooth with filling. A voltage of 10mV is the reading for a normal tooth, but the tooth with filling hit 180mV 🙁 The higher the negative electrical charge, the more mercury is being released from the amalgam and the more toxic it is, so Dr Gan will remove N’s mercury fillings from the tooth with the highest voltage first.
“[Metal implants] ion release can be very dangerous with regard to immuno-toxicology. It can cause serious systemic diseases in the brain, lungs and kidneys, as well as cancer. Although we cannot determine the exact long-term consequences yet, we know already that corrosion and ion release from metal implants is dangerous for human health.” — Dr Jean-Paul Davidas, who is the oldest practising dental implantologist in Europe with about 50 years’ experience and a member of the French national organisation for standardisation (Association Française de Normalisation). Full interview by News Europe here.
Dr Gan advised that it was better for N to clean up all the built up plaque before removing his mercury amalgam next round so she did some epic cleaning up for his. She even had this bio-resonance pad to calm him down in case it was painful.
We also walked away with supplements for N. The first was Hydrocholoric Acid for digestion, because she could tell from the coating on his tongue that he doesn’t digest well. She also suggested Magnesium Chloride spray for relaxation and better sleep, and he is probably not digesting the oral tablets well, and finally Probiotics for better gut health. She also gave him some special inter-dental brushes for his hard to reach spots.
To update, N returned for his second visit to remove his 3 mercury amalgams. His mercury fillings were small so it cost around $350-$450 per filling. If you have bigger fillings, I think the cost would go up.
The whole procedure took 1.5 hours. The extraction was professionally done with an oxygen mask around N’s nose so he will not breathe in any mercury, and also with a giant vacuum near his mouth to prevent poisoning his system during extraction.
Dr Gan also went through many filling material alternatives before deciding which ones is suitable for N. These fillings vary by patient so Dr Gan has to go through the list with every patient individually.
Even if you don’t have mercury fillings, please ensure you keep your gums healthy!! While researching, I discovered that a large number of studies have reported on the relationship between periodontitis (inflammation of the tissue around the teeth) and cardiovascular disease. More scholastic articles can be found here.
“There is evidence for an increased risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and peripheral arterial disease in patients with periodontitis compared to patients without.” – (1)
There appears to be a correlation between periodontitis and cancer. In a study by JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, there is possibly an association between chronic periodontitis and the risk of tongue cancer in men, independent of smoking status, age, race, ethnicity, and number of teeth. More studies on periodontitis and cancer here.
Mercury is also polluting our poor mother earth, so please do think twice about any dental fillings you do for your health and our environment!
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1 – Dietrich, T., Sharma, P., Walter, C., Weston, P. & Beck, J. (2013). The epidemiological evidence behind the association between periodontitis and incident atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Journal of Clinical Periodontology 40 (Suppl. 14), S70–S84.
The complementary treatments my mum underwent to put her cancer into remission:
- Raw Diet, Vegan Diet and Juice Fast
- Electro Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
- Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)
- Nefful Negative Ion Clothings from Japan
- Saline Flush, Coffee Enema, Wheatgrass Implant, Probiotic Implant
- Vitamin C High Dose IV
- Vitamin B17
- Ozone Therapy
- Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT)
- Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
- Breathing and Pilates Classes
The doctor (who lives what he preaches on 100% raw, vegan diet) who treated my mum, and health educator who transformed the way I look at a “healthy” lifestyle: