The Mercury Problem: Essential Links and Videos
Dental amalgam fillings are still used in the United States and a number of other countries. Often called “silver fillings,” all dental amalgams are actually made of 45-55% elemental mercury. Mercury is toxic, and this poison is recognized as a chemical of major concern because it poses a dangerous threat to public health. Mercury accumulates in the body, and any amount of mercury exposure should be considered hazardous.
The use of mercury in dental amalgam fillings can harm humans, and dental mercury released into the environment can cause long-lasting damage. The following videos and links serve as an introduction to the hazards of dental mercury—
Mercury in the Mouth
Mercury vapor is odorless, colorless, tasteless and toxic, but it casts a shadow in black light. This dramatic video of mercury vapor out-gassing from a “silver amalgam” dental filling has outraged the world since it was first demonstrated at an IAOMT meeting in 1995. See it for yourself:
Read about how dental mercury exposures can negatively influence human health by clicking here.
Dangers to Dental Patients
Evidence of Harm is a documentary film that follows the lives of three health advocates as they struggle to inform the federal government and public that large amounts of toxic mercury vapors are released from “silver” amalgam dental fillings during routine dental procedures. Watch the trailer for the film, which features both personal stories and scientific information about dental mercury’s harmful impact, including warnings about unsafe mercury amalgam removal:
Learn more about safe mercury amalgam removal by clicking here.
Dental Mercury and the Brain
This scientific video from researchers at the University of Calgary visually demonstrates how mercury vapor from dental fillings can impact the brain.
Read a comprehensive review about the toxic effects of dental mercury by clicking here.
Dental Mercury’s Toxic Journey into the Environment
The havoc that dental mercury wreaks on the environment is captured in this clip from the full length documentary Evidence of Harm, which examines the science behind hazards caused by dental mercury and a few of the people who have been effected by the use of this toxic material in dentistry. Watch this excerpt to see what dental mercury does to the environment:
Check out additional facts about dental mercury and the environment by clicking here.
The Poison in Your Teeth
Dr. Tom McGuire’s ‘Mercury: The Poison in Your Teeth’ Video demonstration proves that more mercury vapor is released by brushing a silver amalgam filling than is allowed by governmental regulatory agencies at the workplace. View it here:
Do you know what the symptoms of mercury vapor poisoning are? Find out by clicking here.
Dental Workers and Mercury Hazards
This video clip features Dr. G. Mark Richardson, who has offered research to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada. In this segment, Dr. Richardson explains the occupational exposure to mercury particulate that is endured by dentists and dental personnel who work with amalgam: