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Why We Prefer Tooth-Colored Fillings

Many years ago, if you went to the dentist and needed to have a tooth filled, your only option was an amalgam filling. Now, thanks to advances in dental technology, there is a safer, healthier option for fillings – tooth-colored composite or ceramic fillings. We will take a closer look at why amalgam fillings are so dangerous and why dentists, like Dr. Tiffany K. Shields at Smiles by Shields, prefers to use tooth-colored composite or ceramic fillings.

Amalgam Fillings Release Metals into Your Mouth and Body

Amalgam is made up of a combination of metals that create a strong, sturdy material. When used in dentistry, the material is placed into the tooth and used as filling material to prevent the further spread of tooth decay. While this sounds good in theory, it can be extremely harmful to your health. Amalgam fillings can...
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Understanding the Importance of Regular Dental Visits

It is recommended that you schedule a regular dental checkup every three to six months, but is that really necessary? After all, you brush three times a day and floss nightly, so what could a dentist possibly do during these checkups? The answer is – a lot. Regular dental visits aren't just some made up concept done in an effort to make dentists more money. They are actually important in helping to improve or maintain your oral health. During regular dental checkups, your dentist can do everything from conduct an oral cancer screening to professionally clean your teeth to remove built up plaque and tartar; all of which is necessary to helping keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. The following are just some of the many reasons why you should regularly visit your dentist.

A Professional Cleaning Removed Plaque and Tartar

Even if you brush three times a day and floss every evening,...
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Baby Teeth Reveal Autism Linked to Heavy Metals

Autism is a neurological disorder affecting about one out of 68 children within the United States. Currently, researchers have found no one cause that offers a definitive explanation to why certain children develop autism, and if we’re going to figure out how to prevent this disease or improve autism treatments, it’s essential to understand the underlying causes. Recently, new research reported in Nature communications and done by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences discovered that in children with autism, their baby teeth contain higher levels of dangerous lead. Not only did the baby teeth contain more lead, they had less manganese and zinc, important minerals, than is found in most baby teeth.

Studying Autism, Understanding Heavy Metals

In order to eliminate both environmental and genetic influencers, researchers performed their studies on sets of twins. The findings of the studies suggest that there’s a link between...
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