The mercury problem

MONDAY, Nov. 17 (HealthDay News) – The purpose of milk teeth can be summarized as follows: Aesthetics, Function and Space Maintenance, in preparation for the succeeding permanent teeth.

We are seeing a serious rise in the environment of neuro-toxic chemicals and heavy metals. The resultant accumulation of heavy metals in the human body poses significant health risks. Chronic mercury exposure from occupational, environmental, dental amalgam, and contaminated food exposure is a significant threat to public health.

A single dental amalgam filling with a surface area of only 0.4cm is estimated to release as much as 15 micrograms of mercury per day primarily through mechanical wear and evaporation. The average individual has eight amalgam fillings and could absorb up to 120micrograms of mercury per day from their amalgams. These levels are consistent with reports of 60micrograms of mercury per day collected in human faeces.

By way of contrast, estimates of the daily absorption of all forms of mercury from fish and seafood is 2.3 micrograms and from all other foods, air and water is 0.3 micrograms per day.

The mercury vapour from the amalgams is lipid soluble and passes readily through cell membranes and across the blood brain barrier. It is scientifically clear that amalgam mercury transfers to human tissues, accumulates with time, and presents a potential health threat.

Amalgams are made up of 50% mercury which is not locked into the filling but rather, the mercury escapes continuously during the entire life of the filling in the forms of vapour, ions and abraded particles via chewing, brushing, and the intake of hot fluids stimulates this release. The absorption rate of inhaled mercury vapour is extremely high, with approximately 80% of the inhaled dose reaching the brain tissue within one blood circulation cycle. Mercury, once in the nervous system, stays there permanently, unless it is detoxified.

Mercury Toxicity Symptoms

The overt clinical effects resulting from toxic exposure to mercury have been clearly described. The scientific literature shows that amalgam fillings have been associated with a variety of problems such as autoimmunity, kidney dysfunction, and interference with the immune system, fatigue, poor memory and certain psychological disorders. Patients with many amalgam fillings will also have an increase in the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria and increased likelihood of infertility.

Intracellular mercury can cause chronic fatigue, cancer and learning disabilities. Extracellular symptoms of mercury toxicity include: CNS irritability, anxiety, nervousness, fearfulness, emotional instability, loss of self-confidence and shyness. In adolescents, these symptoms are particularly damaging as they impair one’s normal social development. Additional symptoms may include: loss of memory, especially room-to-room memory, impaired concentration, and insomnia. Mercury toxicity will also tend to cause hypothyroidism. Additionally, fibromyalgia pain, which is frequently experienced as areas of numb and burning pain, is improved with mercury detoxification.

Mercury clearly has a variety of detrimental impacts on the immune system. Many practitioners have long observed that patients diagnosed with chronic viral illnesses (EBV, CMV, HIV, herpes zoster and genital herpes, CFIDS, etc.), chronic fungal illnesses (Candidiasis and others), and recurrent episodes of bacterial infections (chronic sinusitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, bladder/prostate infections, HIV related infections) often have dramatic recoveries following an aggressive mercury/amalgam detoxification program.

Safe Mercury Removal

SAABP promotes mercury-free, mercury-safe, and biological/biocompatible dentistry and medicine. Because of our objectives and knowledge base, SAABP is very concerned about exposure to mercury when amalgam fillings are removed. The process of drilling out amalgam fillings liberates quantities of mercury vapour and fine particulates that can be inhaled and absorbed through the lungs, and this is potentially harmful to patients, dentists, dental workers.

Based on up-to-date scientific research, SAABP has developed rigorous recommendations for removing existing dental mercury amalgam fillings to assist in reducing the potential negative health outcomes of mercury exposure to patients or dental professionals.

Dentists who have obtained SAABP certification from SAABP have met all the International criteria stipulated as protocol for safe amalgam removal and completed coursework related the detoxification protocol required to enable the body to safely remove the mercury from the body. The educational programme offered to those dentists wanting to practice biological dentistry includes learning about the application of the rigorous safety measures, including the utilization of specific equipment for both safe removal and safe elimination of mercury, as well as the detox protocol and the science behind it. Dentists achieving SAABP accreditation are recognized for their completion of this training and their ongoing application of it within their practice. Their names are listed on the SAABP Dentist Directory so that patients opting to find a dentist knowledgeable about the Safe Mercury Removal can do so.


Remove all amalgams from the mouth using the protocol laid out by IOAMT and SAABP (you can obtain this protocol and a list of accredited Biological dentists and doctors from: Dental amalgam restorations have been referred to as silver fillings, but they contain 50% mercury, so the name is a little deceptive despite their silver appearance. Reports and research have consistently shown that these fillings emit mercury vapour and scientific research demonstrates that dental mercury amalgam exposes dental professionals, their staff and their patients including a patient’s unborn foetus to release of mercury vapour and mercury containing particulate.

Mercury vapour is released from dental mercury amalgam fillings at higher rates during tooth brushing and cleaning, clenching of teeth and chewing as well as during placement and replacement of dental mercury amalgam fillings.

An unsafe amalgam removal process releases mercury vapour and particulate that can be harmful to the patient, dentist and dental staff and the environment.

At Camps Bay Dental Studio and SAABP we use extensive safety recommendations for the removal of existing dental mercury amalgam fillings, that have been devised by the International Academy of Oral Medicine Toxicology (IAOMT) and using the most up to date science and research.

These recommendations were updated on 1 July 2016 and are known as Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) and are outlined in this article. The scientific references can be found by looking up IAOMT/SMART.

In addition to the SMART protocols CBDS and SAABP include:

Initial Consultation:

At your initial consultation, the SMR (safe mercury removal) protocol will be discussed with you as it will require your active participation for the reasons discussed above to ensure that mercury and other heavy metals which have accumulated since their original placement in your body, are detoxified safely and effectively from your body. A full treatment plan will be proposed tailor-made for your mouth and your needs. You will need to begin the detox program for a minimum of 2 weeks (ideally one to two months) before amalgam removal.


  • Vitamin E *
  • Selenium *
  • Chlorella *
  • Fresh Cilantro* (Parsley also works, but often has gastrointestinal side effects at appropriate doses.)
  • Consider doing the 10 Day Detox* to help strengthen and prepare the body for elimination of mercury and other heavy metals.

*prepacked detox kits can be obtained from

The day of amalgam removal

(If the patient were compromised it would be best to remove only one filling and observe how they tolerate the procedure. If they tolerate the removal they can then proceed to one or two quadrant removal based on the number of fillings present.):

  • Chlorella* immediately before dentistry
  • Support of the immune system by administration of Intravenous Infusion Ascorbic Acid during the removal of mercury fillings. Patients suffering from Mercury sensitivity may develop an allergic reaction during the removal of their mercury fillings as a result of the mercury vapours which are released. This allergic reaction may be lessened or completely prevented by the SIMULTANEOUS administration of intravenous ascorbic acid. Ascorbic Acid has an antihistaminic action in the body thereby reducing or totally eliminating an allergic reaction. In addition, any mercury absorbed into the body during the mercury fillings removal will be more readily eliminated in the urine if the ascorbic acid I.V. is administered. The ascorbic acid will also help eliminate any mercury which has accumulate in patient’s body as a result of the mercury vapours which are released each time person chews.


Impermeable barriers for patient, dentist & dental assistant

To protect against contamination by the substantial quantities of particles generated during the amalgam removal procedure that will elude collection by suction devices and that have been demonstrated to disperse throughout the dental surgery to all parts of the patients and dental team’s bodies and clothes.

The following body covers are utilized:


  • Protective impermeable full body cover & head cover
  • Non-latex nitrile dental dam will be exposure to the oral cavity
  • Protective glasses

Dentist & Dental Assistant

  • Protective gowns & head covers
  • Non-latex nitrile gloves
  • Respiratory grade masks rated to placed around the teeth to prevent capture mercury
  • Protective glasses & face shields

Supplementary air

During the amalgam filling removal the patient is supplied with external oxygen delivered via a nasal mask or cannula to prevent inhalation of mercury vapour of amalgam particulate during the procedure.

Ventilation, suction & air purifiers & filtration system

The following suctions are utilized during the procedure to reduce mercury and amalgam particulate exposure:

  1. A small saliva ejector is placed under the dental dam
  2. A conventional high volume suction, preferably fitted with a clean-up device, is used
  3. A high volume filtration system eg: IQ Air Dental Hg Flex Vac or similar high tech device in close proximity to the operating field that effectively removes
  4. mercury vapour and particulates from the operatory
  5. Ventilation must be increased by opening the windows, if possible, to reduce the mercury concentration in the air.

Cut & chunk & keep it cool

During the procedure copious amounts of water are used to reduce heat build-up and help contain the mercury vapour and fine particulate matter.

The amalgam is sectioned into chunks and removed in as large pieces as possible using a small diameter carbide drill further reducing the amount of mercury and fine particulate.

Amalgam fillings, depending on their size, are replaced with aesthetic and non-toxic composite resin material or ceramic or porcelain inlays/onlays/crowns. A tailor-made treatment plan with the optimal options will be discussed with you at your primary consultation so that you can make an informed decision on your final treatment.

Final rinse and chelation

After the fillings are removed, open The Detox sachet (available from, sprinkle onto teeth, mix with saliva, and keep in mouth for 10 minutes to mop up metal residues. Don’t swallow. Instead, spit out and rinse mouth. Repeat both steps after procedure is over. Repeat again that night.

Disposal of mercury contaminated filters & impermeable barriers

The system is fitted with an amalgam separator to collect mercury amalgam waste so that it is not released into the effluent from the dental office.

All impermeable barriers and the amalgam separator filters are collected by a professional waste disposal company that disposes of the waste according to the regions environmental laws.


Foods rich in vitamin C

Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C can reduce the damage caused by heavy metal toxicity by acting as an antioxidant.

Cilantro and other green vegetables

Cilantro and green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and parsley are detoxifying and can help reduce the build-up of heavy metals like mercury in the body.

Garlic and onions

These vegetables contain sulfur which helps your liver detoxify itself of heavy metals like lead and arsenic.


Drink 8 ounces of water or vegetable juice every two hours to help flush out toxins.

Flax and chia seeds

Omega-3 fats and fibre can help with detoxification of the colon and reduce inflammation.

Optimize Bowel Flora

It will be important to consider use of a probiotic that has more strains than just Lactobacillus acidophilus. Consider using one that has many different strains and in high concentration or one of the preparations that have soil based organisms such as Bacillus subtilis.

Optimize Bowel Transit Time

One should make certain that the patient is having two to three bowel movements per day. High fibre diet is essential. This will decrease the likelihood for mercury reabsorption during the detoxification process. One should use large doses of magnesium glycinate or citrate or vitamin C to increase the stool frequency.

However, it is important not to have loose stools, as this would be counterproductive.


Farmed fish – Can contain heavy metals, dioxins and PCB’s which are highly toxic.

Food allergens – If your body is fighting against common allergens, it will not be able to detoxify from heavy metal poisoning.

Non-organic foods – These foods increase exposure to chemicals which make symptoms worse. Some of the worst offenders include conventional apple juice and brown rice products.

Foods with additives – Additives are chemicals that can aggravate toxicity symptoms and decrease your body’s ability to detoxify.

Alcohol – Is toxic to the body and can make it more difficult for your liver to process other toxins and contributes to toxic load.


#1 Chlorella *

Acts as a natural chelator to remove heavy metals.

#2 Vitamin C *

Helps reduce free radicals.

#3 Cilantro *

Helps with detoxification.

#4 Milk Thistle *

Milk Thistle aids in detoxification of the liver.

#5 Probiotics *

Improves detoxification of gut and boosts immunity.

#6 Vitamin B6 *

#7 Magnesium & Calcium *

*prepacked detox kits can be obtained from

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