When people learn the truth about the so-called “silver” fillings in their mouths – that they’re actually 50% mercury, the most toxic non-radioactive metal on Earth; that mercury is a potent neurotoxin; that mercury vapor is released from these fillings with every bite and swallow; that this mercury can harbor in various vital organs and contribute to a wide array of systemic health problems – naturally, they start looking to get them removed.
And it’s precisely because mercury poses such a hazard to human health that removing them without following strict safety guidelines is a recipe for disaster – for the patient, dental workers, and environment alike.
That’s why the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM), as the world’s leading association for biological dentistry, has developed the PROTECT Protocol for the safe removal of mercury amalgam fillings. Here’s what it involves:
This is the minimum standard that our members are expected to meet when they agree to a patient’s request to have their amalgams removed and replaced with biocompatible alternatives. The basics are also detailed in our brochure, which you can download here. (A Spanish language version is available here.)
Some of our members even choose to exceed these standards out of respect and concern for their patients’, team members’, and our planet’s health.
If you’re looking for a biological dentist to remove your amalgam fillings and help support your detox from the heavy metal exposure, our member directory is the place to start. Once you’ve chosen a practice that seems to meet your needs, we encourage you to ask lots of questions to make sure that they are indeed practicing mercury-safe dentistry. Here’s our guide to help you in choosing such a dentist.
To learn more about mercury amalgam fillings and their impact on human health, visit our “Mercury Amalgam ‘Silver’ Fillings Essentials” portal. You can also learn more in our Standards of Practice.