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June 12th, 2008, 06:40 AM
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What do you think?
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June 12th, 2008, 06:36 PM
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Just something else to try to scare the public. I have a few fillings and am not worried about it. It's always something.
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June 12th, 2008, 09:37 PM
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Well, they supposedly removed mercury from VAXs because of damage, so I am not surprised that something with MERCURY in it in your mouth, that has constant contact with your tongue, salive and everything else is hurting people. I totally believe it and refuse to do any dental work that includes mercury until I am done having kids.
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June 13th, 2008, 05:25 AM
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I think they've been trying to get away from mercury fillings for a while now and our dentist doesn't even use the mercury ones...that I know of. I've had to have a lot of dental work in the last 3 years and he replaced my fillings with the resin. I see the article states that as of 2003 the number was 30% so I'm wondering what the actual number of mercury fillings given to patients are now that its 2008.
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June 13th, 2008, 06:06 AM
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Just something else to try to scare the public.[/b]
DO you really think that? I would say that about a lot of things like the HPV vaccine, the whooping cough "epidemic", how Chicken Pox has suddenly become deadly and we need a vaccine to save our babies lives but don't you think dentist stand to lose not gain money by this? what is the cost ratio for mercury vs resin fillings?
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June 13th, 2008, 06:31 AM
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Uh, it mercury. We know that its neurotoxic even in small quantiities. Amalgams (which are about 50% mercury) release mercury vapor, especially during chewing. Look at the procedures required to sispose of mercury...yet somehow it is magically safe in our mouths. Frankly, I think the public needs to be scared.

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June 13th, 2008, 06:47 AM
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According to the World Health Organization:

9.2 Neurotoxicity
The central nervous system is probably the most
sensitive target for elemental mercury vapour exposure.
Similar effects are seen after all durations of exposure;
however, the symptoms may intensify and/or become
irreversible as exposure duration and/or concentration
increase. A wide variety of cognitive, personality,
sensory, and motor disturbances have been reported.
Prominent symptoms include tremors (initially affecting
the hands and sometimes spreading to other parts of the
body), emotional lability (characterized by irritability,
excessive shyness, confidence loss, and nervousness),
insomnia, memory loss, neuromuscular changes (weakness,
muscle atrophy, muscle twitching, electromyographic
abnormalities), headaches, polyneuropathy
(paraesthesia, stocking-glove sensory loss, hyperactive
tendon reflexes, slowed sensory and motor nerve
conduction velocities), and performance deficits in tests
of cognitive function. Some long-term exposures to
elemental mercury vapour have resulted in unsteady
walking, poor concentration, tremulous speech, blurred
vision, performance decrements in psychomotor skills
(e.g., finger tapping, reduced hand–eye coordination),
decreased nerve conduction, and other signs of neurotoxicity.
Recent studies using sensitive tests for psychomotor
skills, tremor, and peripheral nerve function suggest
that adverse effects may be associated with very
low exposures. A recent study of 75 formerly exposed
workers examined using an extensive neuropsychological
test battery found that deficits in motor function,
attention, and possibly the visual system may persist for
years after termination of occupational exposure, but
previous exposure did not appear to affect the workers’
general intellectual level or ability to reason logically.
Several reports of neurotoxicity in humans involve
the ingestion of therapeutic agents containing mercurous
chloride (e.g., teething powders, ointments, and laxatives).
Several children treated with tablets or powders
containing mercurous chloride exhibited irritability,
fretfulness, sleeplessness, weakness, photophobia,
muscle twitching, hyperactive or hypoactive tendon
reflexes, and/or confusion (Warkany & Hubbard, 1953).
A 4-year-old boy who had been given a Chinese medicine
containing mercurous chloride for 3 months developed
drooling, dysphagia, irregular arm movements, and
impaired gait (Kang-Yum & Oransky, 1992). Another
case study (Davis et al., 1974) reported dementia and
irritability in two women due to the chronic ingestion of
a tablet laxative that contained 120 mg of mercurous
chloride. One woman had taken two tablets daily for
25 years, and the other woman two tablets daily for
6 years. Both patients died from inorganic mercury
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