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Health benefits of dental implants, explained!
Aticle BannerTo understand how dental implants, benefit your oral health, it is first necessary to know how they work because many of the health benefits of dental implants arise from the innovative way in which they replace your tooth. A tooth consists of two major structures: the crown, which is the portion that appears above the gum line, and the root, which is the portion beneath the gum line that helps anchor the tooth in place in the jawbone.

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Mercury especially dangerous to pregnant women, fetuses and infants
Mercury in dental fillings is dangerous to human health and to the environment, as claimed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and many other authoritative organizations.

It may be especially dangerous for pregnant women, infants and young children, and may even cause problems in fetuses. Research data has revealed that fetuses and infants are at risk from dental amalgam as amalgam fillings in pregnant women result in higher mercury levels in the umbilical cord blood and placenta; in the kidneys, liver and hair of fetuses; and in the brain and kidneys of infants. Research has also found that the mercury concentration in breast milk increases as the number of amalgam fillings in a mother increases.

Although previous studies have found no such dangers, more recent research has emphasized that factors like genetic predisposition, long-term effects, and errors in measurement must be taken into account in such studies.

The United Nations Environment Programme formalized a global convention to end mercury usage in 2013; this includes measures to cut down the use of mercury in dentistry. A new EU regulation also plans to ban the use of amalgam for ‘vulnerable populations’ such as pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under the age of 15, and initiate discussions about the feasibility of ending dental amalgam use in the EU by 2030. Many countries have already banned or cut down the use of dental amalgam.
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How fluoride affects the environment
Fluoride is a substance which naturally exists in the soil, air and water and in certain minerals. Although it is said that fluoride pollutes the environment, this pollution is not caused by the substance occurring in the above media. It is said to be caused by the chemical being used intentionally through artificial means in community water fluoridation, dental products, and various consumer items.
  • Industrial wastewater is a source which adds large quantities of fluoride into waterways. When fluoride is emitted into the air from factories and is used in phosphate fertilizers, soil pollution from fluoride occurs. When food grown in such contaminated soil is consumed by animals, they face many adverse impacts.
  • Fluoride which is in the atmosphere or soil is absorbed into plants through the root system. This results in decreases in plant growth and yield, and negative impacts on wildlife which subsists on these plants.
  • Fluoride-polluted air, soil, water, and food expose animals too to this dangerous chemical. Harmful effects including species vulnerability have been noticed in many wild animals. Concerns have been raised regarding domestic pets and farm animals too. There is documented evidence on the effects of fluoride on farm animals, including health problems such as cramping, collapse, anorexia, respiratory and cardiac failure, and death.
Palmer Distinctive Dentistry is a biological dental practice that is fluoride-free.
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