Dr. Brianne Luu: Hello my name is Doctor Luu and today I\’m going to be talking about mercury safe dentistry. Now you\’ve I heard that other office say they don\’t have mercury free dentistry. One good free is when you call in an office and they and you need a filling and they don\’t put any silver amalgam fillings they only do white. Our office is mercury safe because we follow certain protocols when we remove the silver fillings. Now we do not place silver mercury fillings in your mouth. We do, do composite white porcelain bonding. When we do remove the silver fillings we follow certain protocols such as we use non latex rubber dam to isolate the teeth we are working on. We have you using a mask and oxygen tank to breathe so that you do not leave any of the mercury vapour that comes out when we take out your mercury silver fillings. In addition we have a wet towel over your face over your skin so if any remnants fall out it does not land on your skin. It lands on the paper towel. We also have you wear a full body gown that we have you wear so that nothing went on your skin or your clothes. In addition to all that we use a high speed low speed suction to take out the mercury remnants and also we use an evacuation system high speed evacuation system that we place six inches from your mouth that collects the mercury vapour that comes out of your when we take out the silver fillings and mercury fillings and also it also collects any small remnants of the mercury silver fillings that may fall out. So that\’s the difference between our office which is mercury safe and mercury than other Mercury free offices. We want to protect you, we want to protect us, and we want to protect all our other patients.
The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque build-up. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis includes swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized by irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage, but at this stage, the results are not reversible. Advanced periodontitis is when the fibres and bones supporting the teeth destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may have to be removed depending on how advanced the disease has become and if treatments are not effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today.
Ever since I was a kid I have had crooked teeth, and it was something I was always embarrassed about because it was right there in the front and I’m a teacher this is why I didn’t smile in the past because you’re always you know I’m hiding behind your smile or not laughing when everybody else is and that’s what I grew up with was thinking about what do I look like right now how do other people see what my smile looks like and it made me feel bad. Millions of adults and teenagers live it embarrassing smiles because they don’t know there is an option that’s right for them. Traditional orthodontics take years and many people feel stuck living their lives with an embarrassing smile, but you can get the smile you’ve always wanted. Let me introduce you to the most effective solution for crooked teeth, six month smiles. You will feel confident about showing off your smile and you’ll be able to do that in just six months. It has changed my life it really has. Feel like I can lift my chin up a little higher and I feel more confident when I’m talking to my students.
It’s amazing what my straight teeth can do for you. I’m happy to smile now. Most people can chew comfortably which usually means they don’t need a major bite change. They simply want to improve the appearance of their smile and that’s what six month smiles is all about. We focus on the teeth that show when you smile. In fact the two biggest obstacles for people considering orthodontics are the length of treatment and appearance of the braces. Six month smiles addresses both of these concerns while still achieving the desired results. We use clear braces and tooth coloured wires while gently straightening your teeth in a reasonable amount of time. Oh I did not want traditional braces because I did not want to spend two to three years of my life with braces. When I was wearing the braces people had no idea. I also sing in the choir at church and they put you up on a big screen that always terrifies me but they you can’t tell you can’t tell from long distance can’t tell some people can’t even tell up close. How does it work the process is simple. First you need to talk to your dentist to make sure that you are a candidate for six months miles. Once it’s determined that six month smiles will work for you moulds of your teeth are taken and sent to the six month smiles laboratory. Here are specially trained lab technicians fabricate custom bonding trays just for you. In only two weeks your dentist will receive your complete orthodontic kit and can quickly and comfortably apply your braces after your braces.
After your braces are on you’ll visit your dentist once a month for adjustments. Treatment times range approximately four to nine months but most patients complete their treatment in only six months. Just think between now and you’re next cleaning appointment you can achieve the smile you always wanted. You’ll leave feeling confident and ready to enjoy life with your new smile. Your six-month smile I thought that’s not possible but it’s no way you could get your teeth fixed in just six months. Actually it only took five and a half months. Looking back on it being done now it was so quick it was quicker than I thought it would be. Everything about it it’s geared for adults and you feel like an adult you’re treated like an adult you’re treated with respect and I really enjoyed the whole the whole process. Don’t wait tell your six month smiles dentist that you want to get started. Your new beautiful smile is just six months away.
Mercury is one of the most toxic elements and a persistent traveller for our environment. So who’s the travel agent for this elemental poison? Coal-fired power plants most definitely. Mining operations, of course. Your neighbourhood dental office? Surprisingly yes! The United Nations Environment Program propose that 10% of global mercury usage is for amalgam tooth fillings. This results in up to 340 tons of dental mercury journeying into the environment each year. In the United States dentists are currently the second largest users of elemental mercury. This accounts for roughly 32 tons of mercury used yearly to place amalgam restorations otherwise known as silver fillings. Although the number of amalgam’s placed has decreased over the last few decades dentists still use amalgam without precautions. So the threat of mercury exposure continues. Dental mercury travels many pathways on its journey back into the environment. It starts when a dentist receives pre capsulated dental amalgam. Each capsule up to 900 milligrams of elemental mercury is separated from the other alloys. To make the final product the capsule is vigorously shaken in a traitor. The thoroughly mix all the elements. Occupational safety concerns arise because this heats the mercury creating thousands of micrograms of mercury vapour which are released upon opening the capsule. The used amalgam capsule still contains a small amount of mercury. So the ADA recommends the capsules be stored in an airtight container and collected by a hazardous waste company. Unfortunately the majority of dentists tossed the capsules into the trash. This mercury contaminated trash will eventually travel to a landfill where the mercury will continue its trek down into the soil. Back at the dental office the freshly mixed amalgam is placed into the tooth. The dentist then carves away any excess material. While patients swallow some amalgam waste most is suction down and flows through a filtration system, but this system only captures a small percent of the larger pieces. The vast majority at much smaller pieces escape into waste water. A similar scenario plays out when dentists replace amalgam fillings. Many dentists not realizing the environmental harm clean out their filtration systems by dumping the captured mercury tainted sludge down the drain. A study funded by the ADA estimated that amalgam fillings contribute up to 50% of the mercury found in wastewater. This contaminated water then flows two publicly owned water treatment plants. While efforts are made to mercury from wastewater most of it settles down into the sewage sludge which is then taken and spread on land as fertilizer or deposited in a landfill. In both scenarios the mercury constantly off gases into the atmosphere and seeps into the ground. The percentage of the sewage sludge is also sent packing to incinerators. With over 200 tons of dental mercury continually off gassing mercury vapour in the mouths of Americans even exhaling is a contributor of mercury to our atmosphere. Additionally people with amalgam fillings serve as hosts for Mercury’s passage back into our environment through the excretion of human waste. Mercury’s ride continues even after death. Crematories which are unregulated and contain no filtering processes are growing vehicle for transporting mercury back into the atmosphere. When all the various pathways are accounted for dental mercury from the United States contributes roughly twenty eight and a half tons into the environment each year. The governments of the world are actively working together to reduce the amount of mercury released globally to protect human health. The first and most powerful step to eliminating mercury release from dental amalgam is to discontinue the use of this toxic material. With the threat so great and the solution is so simple it’s time to restrict Mercury’s Passport.