Dr. Jeffry Kerbs on Mercury Safe Dentistry
Sep 30, 2016 03:04PM
Dr. Jeffry Krebs
Escondido–based holistic dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, is emphatic about spreading the word on the dangers of mercury amalgam (silver) fillings. According to Kerbs, an advocate for mercury safe dentistry practices, the following are well-established facts in scientiﬁc literature:
1) There is no level of mercury exposure that can be regarded as safe or harmless.
With that in mind, it’s important to know the difference between a mercury-free and mercury safe dentist. “More and more dentists are no longer using amalgam, because it simply isn’t a good ﬁlling when compared to the newer composites. Increasingly, these dentists refer to their practices as being mercury-free,” shares Kerbs. “However, that doesn’t mean that they believe mercury ﬁllings are a health hazard, or that they will protect you from excessive exposure to mercury during their removal. Bottom line...you can’t just assume that a dentist who advertises his or her practice as being mercury-free is also mercury safe.”
Kerbs states that being protected during the amalgam removal process is extremely important because the greatest exposure to mercury vapor occurs when ﬁllings are unsafely removed. “When a mercury safe dentist uses a safe amalgam removal protocol, the amount of mercury vapor you would be exposed to can be reduced by 90 percent or more,” he explains. “The importance of this protection can be better understood when you realize that unsafely drilling out an amalgam ﬁlling can release up to 4,000 mcg of mercury vapor. Dentists who are committed to mercury safe dentistry are concerned about protecting not only their patients from mercury exposure, but also themselves, their team and the environment.”
Jeffry S. Kerbs, DDS, practices mercury safe dentistry at his office located at 240 S. Hickory, Ste. 207, in Escondido. For more information, call 760-746-3663 or visit DrJKerbs.com.