Pregnancy Mercury Fillings

Mommy Alert! Metal Fillings

Dentists and I do not get along. It's not so much the tooth doctor as it is the drills and hard core flossing that I detest. However, keeping a clean mouth is part of maintaining a healthy pregnancy. But pregnant women beware — after years of speculation, the Food and Drug Administration said:

Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses.

Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure, including individuals with existing high levels of mercury bioburden, should not avoid seeking dental care, but should discuss options with their health practitioner.

If money is not an issue, porcelain, gold and glass cement fillings might prove to be better options than their debatable mercury ridden counterparts.