I keep hearing there was a treaty to phase out mercury fillings, but dentists still seem to be using them. Is there a specific time they have to be done?
I keep seeing this question pop up on natural news sites. Somehow, some authors have gotten the wrong end of the stick here. There is a treaty which was agreed to, but it had nothing to do with fillings. Instead, it refers to the disposal of mercury.
It came into fruition because of a small Japanese town in which many people became sick and died because of mercury being dumped into the waterways. This prevents that from happening. While all dentists will be aware of the treaty because they handle mercury if they provide amalgam fillings, this doesn’t prevent them from using them in fillings. It’s only regulations are on their disposal.
Getting Mercury-free Fillings
In order to get white composite fillings, which contain zero mercury, you’ll want to first look for a holistic dentist. These dentists have a philosophy of caring for your whole body and not just your teeth. They’ll always be careful to not introduce anything into your body which isn’t proven to be healthy.
If there aren’t any holistic dentists in your area, it’s not hopeless. There are a growing number of mercury-free dentists. You can simply do an internet search.
New options are becoming available all the time as advancements are made in material usage. For instance, metal-free crowns are more of an option. It used to be there wasn’t anything strong enough for back teeth if you wanted no metal. Now we have zirconia crowns. Zirconia is quite strong and can be used on back teeth. It’s even been nicknamed ceramic steel.
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