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What are the Symptoms of Mercury Amalgam Poisoning?

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Dental amalgam toxicity is a form of mercury poisoning and other toxicities resulting from the amalgam in dental fillings. There has been a great amount of debate over whether this type of filling should continue to be used, with some critics arguing that the potentially toxic effects make it unsafe. Other groups says it is not only perfectly safe but also a durable, inexpensive, and easy to use dental filling option that lasts almost twice as long as many others including resin composites. The debate continues, but most experts agree that patients should not have to get fillings removed unless they begin to experience symptoms of mercury amalgam poisoning. The mercury in dental amalgam is one of the most common forms of exposure to elemental mercury in the general population, and has the potential to become a significant source in some circumstances. Estimates suggest that the average daily intake of…


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Can You Be Screened for Oral Cancer?

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Screening or looking for cancer before symptoms occur is in an important factor in the success of cancer treatments. By checking for abnormalities on a regular basis, doctors are able to find cancers while they are still in their early stages. This makes treatment much easier and more successful. In many cases, symptoms do not appear until the cancer has begun to spread and more aggressive treatments may be required. Screening tests are often recommended by doctors based on certain risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use or Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which are the most common causes of oral cancer. HPV is also the most common cause of cervical cancer. If screening tests show abnormalities, further diagnostic tests can be performed to determine their nature. Oral cancer is up to three times more likely than cervical cancer. In fact, 42 000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer…


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