As mercury is released, it is filtered through the kidneys before leaving the body. As long as the rate of excretion is optimum, symptoms of mercury toxicity may not appear. With prolonged or massive exposure, and for individuals with sensitive systems, our body may not be able to eliminate mercury efficiently. Mercury that is not excreted can accumulate in our kidneys, liver, and brain. When mercury builds up in the body it often causes symptoms.
Mercury also has the ability to cross the placenta and is one of the reasons the use of dental amalgam is banned in many countries such as Canada, Denmark, and Sweden. In Germany it is banned from being used in pregnant women. Dental amalgam is still widely used in the United States as an inexpensive material.
There is a delicate dance when it comes to detoxing mercury. As your dental care team, we want to remove dental amalgam fillings and mercury from the body, yet, we do not want to over burden an already burdened system. Detoxification protocols are specifically designed with careful consideration of where you are in the spectrum of toxicity. Recommendations could include homeopathic remedies for clearing pathways and support, specific herbal supplements that absorb and eliminate mercury, or QuickSilver Scientific’s system for mercury detox. We will carefully work with you, considering all factors, so we are able to achieve detoxification step by step, in a way that is effective, safe, gentle, and natural.