Amalgam  glossary knowledge

Amalgam fillings are the main cause of chronic mercury poisoning as well as of tin poisoning. Oral micro-organisms transform this metal into highly toxic organic compounds (methyl mercury).

While chewing gum 26mg/L of mercury and 0,3 mg/L of tin can be released in saliva. Mercury embolism and blindness were observed.

Mercury is mutagenic, teratogenic and embryotoxic. 5-6% of the children of Minimata Bay had congenital brain damages, the expected rate was 0,1-0,6%. The mothers belonged to a group of people who were heavily exposed to methyl mercury, but they did not show clear symptoms of poisoning.

Mercury in Ullmann´s Encyclopedia, VCH, Weinheim, 1990

Amalgam manual Drasch