Dental Fillings, Mercury & Kidney Disease

Individuals living with kidney disease should try their best to stay away from any amalgam fillings which are dental fillings that have about 50% mercury.

In a recent publishment, on September 29th, 2020, the FDA issued some new guidelines that people with kidney disease as well as other diseases & disorders should really be careful about amalgam fillings as they may be placed at a higher risk of mercury toxicity which can further damage your kidneys.

For many years, there have been ongoing controversies both for and against the mercury in dental fillings. If they’re bad or good for you and if there are any complications for someone with kidney disease or other diseases and disorders. 

For the FDA to announce this, it shows the importance of avoiding these amalgam fillings if you have a certain disease. The FDA suggests people with kidney disease and other disorders to completely avoid the use of amalgam fillings.

How Much Mercury Is There In A Dental Amalgam Filling?
Approximately half of a dental amalgam filling is liquid mercury and the other half is a powdered alloy of silver, tin, and copper. Mercury is used to bind the alloy particles together into a strong, durable, and solid filling.

If you’re diagnosed with kidney disease and you need to get a filling, you shouldn’t get it done. You should avoid mercury fillings and look for other types of fillings. You can also search for a biological dentist who will provide you with a holistic viewpoint.

The main risk of discouraging the use of amalgam fillings for kidney disease sufferers is that you have the risk of running very low levels of mercury leaching out of the fillings into your body and lungs which may cause more issues and may also accelerate the progression of kidney disease.

If you already have amalgam fillings, you should go for a mercury test to see if there is any actual leaching. The reason we suggest you not to remove those fillings is that you may run the risk of potentially exposing yourself to low levels of mercury.

Testing your mercury levels is the first thing you should do. Although mercury can accumulate in many organs, the target organs for mercury in the body are the kidney and the brain.

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