Amalgams fillings, those silver looking fillings in teeth, let off small amounts of mercury when you chew on them. When they get old and start to corrode, they start to let off even more.
When getting fillings, ask for mercury-free fillings, such as composite or porcelain fillings. And, when you’re going to get the amalgam fillings taken out of your teeth, get them taken out safely so the mercury isn’t deposited back into your system in the process of removal. A dentist who takes them out safely will provide you a mask with oxygenated air to breathe (so you’re not breathing the mercury vapors) and use a dental dam (so no debris falls back into your body). They also use oxygenated air themselves and have a good air filtration system in their office.
To find a mercury-free dentist
Check out the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) website (https://iaomt.org).
The following dentists are known to practice mercury-free dentistry in the Seattle/Bellevue area. There are more dentists than these practicing safer dentistry, so please do your research to find the right one for you.
Dr. Mitchell Marder in Seattle (listed on MercuryFreeDentistry.com): http://mitchmarderdds.com/
Dr. Michael Hrankowski in Seattle: http://holisticdentistseattle.com
Dr. Paul Rubin in Seattle: http://www.drpaulrubin.com/
Eastside (Bellevue and beyond)
Dr. Daniel Mashoof in Bellevue (listed on MercuryFreeDentistry.com): www.drmashoof.com/
Dr. Sam DK Kim in Renton (listed on MercuryFreeDentistry.com): www.sdkdentalcare.com/index.html
Dr. Jessica Saepoff in Issaquah: http://www.naturaldentist.com/