Mercury fillings are one of the greatest scams in the history of dentistry. They’re intentionally and misleadingly named “silver fillings” so that people don’t realize they’re made of mercury, and when installed in teeth, they release mercury vapor every time a person chews on them (see video link below). Mercury vapor is then inhaled and absorbed into the body where it can cause neurological disorders, headaches, fatigue, sickness and may even be related to autism in children.

Mercury fillings are also just bad dentistry. They’re an ancient technology used as far back as the U.S. Civil War. The metals in mercury fillings expand and contract with changes in temperature, causing micro-fractures in the teeth. They’re not even bonded to teeth — dentists simply cram the toxic mercury metal alloy into a cavity and hope it stays in place. It’s cheap, it’s crude, and it’s ugly. But it has also been the mainstay of western dentistry for literally hundreds of years.

FDA reconsidering safety of mercury fillings, but panel may be rigged from the start, 10/15/10

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