detoxificationThousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA

We all are exposed to toxins every day, but how our bodies react to them vary, and for some people, these common toxins could wreak havoc on their health and well-being. One toxin known to be used in dentistry is amalgam fillings. Many dentists no longer offer metal or amalgam fillings because of the dangers, although a significant amount of adults have these fillings from years past. You might have one or several yourself. If you do, you can get your metal fillings removed safely in Agoura Hills by Dr. Kathleen Carson at Integrative Dental Arts. But, you may benefit from detoxification to remove those toxins that have built up in your body.

The importance of detoxification for overall wellness

At its most basic, staying healthy is simple: give the body what it needs and don’t let it have what it doesn’t need. Failing that, life has a way of happening, and we are exposed to harmful substances that may not be eliminated quickly or efficiently enough. Safely, naturally, and effectively removing impurities that build up in the body can give us a boost in renewed vitality.

Types of Detoxification

There are many types of detoxifications we can offer our bodies. It can range from detoxifying specific organs to detoxifying every cell in the body. All are important and dependent on what you need. We focus a lot on heavy metal detoxification, considering most people have or used to have silver fillings, which contains mercury. Mercury is the second most toxic element on the planet. It is so poisonous that no amount of mercury absorption is safe – any amount is harmful to the cells and tissues of the human body. A common example of mercury detoxification is called chelation therapy.

Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is recommended to remove heavy metals from the bloodstream. There are multiple ways this can be done, and it can change depending on the severity of mercury poisoning the person is experiencing. Preventatively, certain herbs and minerals can be taken to help remove metals from the blood for those less severe cases of toxicity. If you are interested in chelation therapy in Agoura Hills, ask Dr. Carson about it during your next visit.

What are signs that I might benefit from detoxification?

The Federal Food & Drug Administration deems amalgam fillings safe for use in dentistry, although according to reports, dental amalgam is responsible for 53% of the toxic mercury found in our environment. If it’s bad for our environment, how could it be safe in our teeth? If you have metal fillings, they constantly are releasing mercury vapor each time that you eat or chew. While some patients might not notice any changes in their health, some do.

Here’s what to look for to determine if you could benefit from detoxification from your dental restorations:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Hearing loss
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • And more!

The International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology has an even broader range of symptoms here.

Should I get my metal fillings replaced with non-toxic composite fillings?

That is a decision that you have to make. However, if you decide to have them replaced, Dr. Carson can safely remove your old silver fillings without subjecting you to any dangers from the metal or mercury poisoning. We are happy to meet with you to determine if you could benefit from our detoxification treatment. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, just call Integrative Dental Arts at (818) 889-0400. We welcome patients of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village in California.