Go Green – Mercury Safe Dentistry

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Paperless Office

Honey Dental is a completely digital office. Your information will be securely stored off site, so your identity, financial, medical information are protected even if the office is damaged by theft, hurricanes, tornadoes, fire or water. Come to find out how technology can transform your dental experience! We had a massive flood from a pipe burst in our office in February of 2015, we lost all digital equipment including all computers sitting in the water. All our patients’ information were securely stored off site which gave us a peace of mind during the renovation of our office. We did not lose any information and we did not compromise any patient’s privacy because the damaged computers did not contain any patient information, everything was in the cloud.

Mercury Safe Dentistry

We are very mindful of dental impact on the body and on earth. We choose not to use amalgam in our office. We practice amalgam safe dentistry because we take extra steps to ensure the safety of everyone in our dental office during the removal of amalgam fillings.

What is Dental Amalgam? Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Approximately 50% of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight. Is Mercury Toxic? Mercury is very toxic, more toxic than arsenic.

There are many reasons patients may choose to have their amalgam fillings replaced, for aesthetic reasons, to address secondary decay, or concerned about the mercury content of the amalgam fillings. We take extreme care and follow a specific and important safety protocol to prevent swallowing of any mercury debris or inhalation of mercury vapor and particulates during removal. We also cover you from head to toe so the mercury vapor and particulates do not stick onto your clothing and your hair which can prevent your loved ones from exposure when you go home and hug them. Mercury vapor is only visible under UV light and cannot be seen with the naked eye, but just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it is not there. Here is a video of Mercury Vapor at room temperature under UV light.

Our mercury safety protocol is a standard of practice at Honey Dental when removing any amalgam for the safety of our patients and ourselves. We do NOT drill on amalgam, which contains mercury, without the safety protocol in place. As much prevention of exposure to mercury as we can provide, we do NOT remove amalgam in pregnant women because of the risk that mercury can pass through the placenta. In this case, it is safer to wait until after the baby is born. For more information and details, please call us!

In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the use of amalgam separators as a standard for all dental offices and expects to finalize a decision by September of 2015. If you are interested in finding out about the impact that mercury contained amalgam fillings may have on our environment as well as discussion involving the use of dental amalgam in dentistry, here are important statements from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Dental Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Resources :

http://www.epa.gov/hg/dentalamalgam.html

http://www.ada.org/1741.aspx

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/DentalProducts/DentalAmalgam/ucm171094.htm