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When it comes to your dental health and your overall systemic health, here are some other things to consider.Your dentist is meant to be the practitioner on your health team who is an advocate for preventive care.  It use to be quite common practice for the family dentist to take blood pressure.  Now this is rarely the case.

However, for as much research and focus that is put on right use and application of dental materials, there is a noticeable void of attention put on the health issues and possible toxicological effects of dental materials used in your teeth.

Part of this has to do with the separation that has been created between medicine and dentistry in terms of diagnosing systemic diseases.  Dentists are extremely altruistic, dedicated and concerned about the welfare of their patients.  They just have not been trained to think of the possible systemic effects of what they are doing and implanting into the mouth and bodies of their patients.

Consider this:

Every time dentists or hygienists do a cleaning done, bacteria is being pushed into your bloodstream.  This is called a bacteremia, which is usually temporary.  However, if you have a heart condition or heart murmur, it could result in an infection in the lining of your heart.

Every time you have local anesthesia for a procedure related to dental health, your system needs to work overtime to break down and eliminate it from your body. Metals used in dentistry for strength are sometimes suspect from a toxicological point of view.  Some metals like gold, platinum and titanium have been shown to be safe in the vast majority of cases.  Nickel on the other hand has been shown to be toxic and often causes sensitivity.  Nickel is used in children’s crowns and orthodontics.

Silver amalgam fillings are made up of about 50% mercury and 50% other metals.  Mercury is a known neurotoxin in small quantities and there have been claims that it may be a cause of birth defects.   The question is whether mercury is released in large enough quantities from your fillings to cause a health concern or problem.  This is a question that each person needs to decide for themselves with the help of their health care practitioners.  With the advances made in the field of dental materials over the years there are suitable substitutes available today that were not viable in the past.