The Great Mercury Amalgam “Controversy”

Posted on Monday, July 6th, 2009

billhd/Flickr   Speaking of stats, the latest Wealthy Dentist poll shows that 53% of dentists shun mercury amalgam fillings, while 47% still place them. This isn’t really news, though, as the numbers have changed little since the site’s last survey. It’s the dentist explanations for their decisions that we’d like to draw your attention to. […]

How Mercury Amalgam Fillings Are Done

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

In talking about the problem of mercury amalgam fillings, we usually focus on what happens after the restoration is done. But it’s important to recognize that exposure begins as soon as the dentist sets to work on placing, packing and shaping the metal. The videos below give a model demonstration of how amalgam fillings are […]

The Last Days of Mercury Fillings?

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009

“Are Amalgam’s Days Numbered?” asks a recent opinion piece…er, article on While the Bush administration long opposed any legally binding measures on mercury, the Obama administration is taking a very different tack. A global crackdown on its use – particularly in industrial applications – was unanimously agreed upon at the United Nations Environment Programme’s […]

Kids and Cavities, Fillings and Food

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2009

Finizio/Flickr What’s the best material for treating filling cavities in your children’s teeth? According to a recent research review in The Cochrane Library, nobody really knows. So far, there is a not a clear winner among the types of fillings used to repair childhood cavities, according to a new review. In fact, there are so […]

Amalgam Love in Dental Research

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2009

Here we go again: Dental amalgam has been proven safe and effective for years, yet unfounded controversy still surrounds it, a Medical College of Georgia researcher says. Dentists have used amalgam, an alloy of mercury with at least one other metal, in fillings for over 200 years. Amalgam fillings don’t contain enough mercury to cause […]

Choosing Your Route to Healing: A Mercury Removal Case History

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2009

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN Our blog is a companion to our newsletter, offering health news, recommended articles and websites, video and more. Its title plays on the ancient Greek aphorism gnothi seauton: know thyself. We believe that knowing thy self and thy health are both crucial to wellbeing. For as our practice philosophy […]

Too Much Dentistry?: The Possible Adverse Effects of Veneers, Fillings and Crowns

Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

by Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN Each day, after all clients have been seen and all staff have gone home for the night, I like to spend the quiet time reviewing charts. I read the digital x-rays and the comments from each client’s last visit. I analyze where each is with his or her dental […]

How You Make Batteries Out of Teeth? Mixed Metal Fillings in Your Mouth

Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Do you have both “silver” (i.e., mercury amalgam) and gold restorations in your mouth? If so you’ve got the necessary conditions for oral galvanism. Dr. James Rota explains:     Learn more: Oral Galvanism Oral Galvanism and Electromagnetic Fields (EMF): Factors Along with Mercury’s High Volatility and Extreme Toxcity in Significant Exposure Levels and Oral […]

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