Guidelines For A Healthy Mouth

If you have What to do Metal fillings change to plastic fillings Inlays and onlays change to plastic fillings Crowns (all types) change to plastic crowns Bridges change to plastic crowns, partials Metal partials change to plastic partials(FlexiteTM) Pink dentures change to clear plastic Porcelain denture teeth change to plastic denture teeth Badly damaged teeth become extractions Root canals become extractions Braces and implants avoid Cavitations need to be surgically cleaned Temporary crowns use plastic Temporary fillings use DuralonTM

Dental replacements.

The guidelines can be summarized as:

1. Remove all metal from the mouth.

2. Remove all infected teeth and clean cavitations.

Dr. Clark: Removing all metal means removing all root canals,

metal fillings and crowns. Take out all bridge work or

partials made of metal and never put them back in. But you

may feel quite attached to the gold, so ask the dentist to give

you everything she or he removes. Look at the underside. You

will be glad you switched.

The top surfaces of tooth fillings are kept glossy by brushing (you

swallow some of what is removed). Underneath is tarnish and foulness.

Ask to see your crowns when they are removed.

Tops and bottoms of some metal crowns.

The stench of the infection under some teeth may be overwhelming

as they are pulled. Bad breath in the morning is due

to such hidden tooth infections, not a deficiency of mouthwash!

All metal must come out, no matter how glossy it looks on

the surface. Metal does not belong in your body. It is an unnatural

chemical. Do this as soon as you have found a dentist

able to do it. Find a dentist with experience and knowledge

about this subject. It is more than replacing acknowledged culprits

like mercury-amalgam fillings. This is metal-free

dentistry. Only metal-free plastic should be put back in your


Dr. Jerome: If your dentist tells you that mercury and other

metals will not cause any problems, you will not be able to

change his or her mind. Seek treatment elsewhere!

Your dentist should do a complete X-ray examination of your

mouth. Ask for the panoramic X-ray rather than the usual series

of 14 to 16 small X-rays (called full mouth series). The

panoramic X-ray shows the whole mouth including the jaws and

the sinuses. This lets the dentist see impacted teeth, root fragments,

bits of mercury buried in the bone and deep infections.

Cavitations are visible in a panoramic X-ray that may not be seen

in a full mouth series.

The cost of removing metals should be viewed in the proper

light. It took years or decades to get into your present condition.

When you do a lot of dental repair in a short time, it can seem to

be costly. Unfortunately, many people are in a tight financial

position because of the cost of years of ineffective treatment,

trying to get well.

Your dentist may recommend crowning teeth to “protect” or

strengthen them. Unfortunately, the very concept of crowning

teeth is flawed. First, the enamel is removed from a tooth to

prepare for the crown. This is permanent and serious damage!

Many teeth, up to 20%, may die after being crowned and will

need to be extracted. For this reason, you should only get

REPLACEMENT crowns and NO NEW crowns. Your metal

crowns can be changed to plastic. (Remember, no metal must be

left under the crown.)

If you have many crowns, you should have them all removed

as quickly as possible. But you should not spend more than two

hours in the dentist's chair at any one time. That is too much

stress for your body.

Dr. Clark: Don 't accept intravenous (IV) treatments

during amalgam removal. Both IV bags and the supplements

used in them are polluted with propyl alcohol, benzene, and

wood alcohol.

Dr. Jerome: It is quite all right to have temporary crowns

placed on all teeth that need them in the first visit. You may then

go back and complete treatment over the next 6 to 12 months. It is

common to find a crowned tooth to be very weak and not worth

replacing the crown, particularly if you are already having a

partial made and could include this tooth in it.

Dr. Clark: We are accustomed to thinking that plastic is

metal-free. This is wrong. The original dental plastic, methyl

methacrylate was metal-free. But modern plastic contains

metal. The metal is ground up very finely and added to the

plastic in order to make it harder, give it sheen, color, etc.

Dr. Jerome: Dentists are not commonly given information on

these metals used in plastics. The information that comes with

dental supplies does not list them either. Most dentists never look

at a dental materials book after they graduate. The ADA,

however, has a library full of such information.21

Dr. Clark: There are many lanthanide (Rare Earth) metals

used in dental plastic. Their effects on the body from


21 Call the American Dental Association at (800) 621-8099 (Illinois

(800) 572-8309, Alaska or Hawaii (800) 621-3291). Members can ask

for the Bureau of Library Services, non-members ask for Public Information.

have NOT been studied. Yet their cancer-promoting ability is

known in many cases.22 Only metal-free plastic is safe.

Dr. Jerome: These are the acceptable plastics; they can be

procured at any dental lab.

• Plastic for dentures: Methyl Methacrylate. Available in

clear and pink. Do not use pink.23

• Plastic for partial dentures: FlexiteTM Available in clear

and pink. Do not use pink.

• Plastic for fillings: Composite Materials. This is the material

that has been used in front teeth for 30 years. It has

been used in back teeth for 10 years. There are many

brands and there are new ones being marketed constantly.

The new ones are very much superior to those used 10

years ago and they will continue to improve. They do,

however, contain enough barium or zirconium to make them

visible on X-rays. There are no alternatives available

without these metals.

Dr. Clark: Composites with barium are not good, but I

haven't seen enough barium toxicity from fillings at this time to

merit advising extraction instead. Hopefully, a barium-free variety

will become available soon to remove this health risk.

Dr. Jerome: Many people (and dentists too) believe that

porcelain is a good substitute for plastic. Porcelain is aluminum

oxide with other metals added to get different colors (shades).

The metal DOES come out of the porcelain! It has many technical

drawbacks as well. Porcelain is not recommended. Some

22 Thulium and ytterbium have been studied for their tumor-seeking

ability. See page 321 in the book METAL IONS In BIOLOGICAL

SYSTEMS, Vol. 10, Carcinogenicity and Metal Ions. Editor Helmut

Sigel 1980.

23 The pink color is from mercury or cadmium which is added to

the plastic.

times the white composite fillings are called porcelain fillings

but they are not. They also require more tooth structure to be


If you have a large bridge, it cannot be replaced with a plastic

bridge because it isn't strong enough. A large bridge must be

replaced with a removable partial (FlexiteTM).

The methods used to remove metals and infections are technical

and complicated. See dental information in Sources.

Do you have any questions?

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