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Is It Safe To Remove Amalgam Fillings When Pregnant or Breastfeeding

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Published By Dr. Rachel Hall at 7 January, 2019

Safe Amalgam Removal During Pregnancy or Breast Feeding

Is it safe to remove silver amalgam fillings when pregnant or breastfeeding?

The natural health industry has routinely recommended the removal of any mercury amalgam fillings prior to planning a family. This needs to be done with a strict protocol that protects you, the dentist and staff, and the environment. Ideally, the removal of amalgam fillings and their replacement with non-toxic composite or porcelain materials should be addressed at least six months prior to conceiving.

The mercury released from dental amalgams has been shown to cross the placenta during pregnancy and is also transferred via breast milk during breastfeeding.

If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding it is not advised to consider any mercury amalgam removal unless you have decay which necessitates treatment.

Alternatively, I’d recommend a soft mouth guard worn during sleep to prevent grinding and clenching on your amalgams at night.

  • Dr. Rachel Hall

    Dr. Rachel Hall

    Rachel is the founder and principal dentist at Evolve Dental Healing with over 25 years experience, practicing holistically since 2001. Not your typical dentist, Rachel is a passionate opinion leader, challenging convention to empower people to make better dental and health choices, helping thousands to have healthy natural smiles. A respected writer and presenter on holistic dentistry, health and wellness it is Rachel’s mission to revolutionise the way people look at their dental health.

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