Dental Clean-up

Dr. Jerome: The philosophy of dental treatment taught in America is that teeth are to be saved by whatever means avail­able, using the strongest, most long lasting materials. Long-term toxic effects are of little concern. The attitude of the majority of dentists is: whatever the American Dental Association (ADA) says is OK, they will do.


A more reasonable philosophy is that there is no tooth worth saving if it damages your immune system. Use this as your guideline.


The reason dentists do not see toxic results is that they do not look or ask. If a patient has three mercury amalgam fillings placed in the mouth and a week later has a kidney problem, will she call the dentist-or the doctor? Will they ever tell the dentist about the kidney problem or tell the doctor about the three fillings? A connection will never be made.


It is common for patients who have had their metal fillings removed to have various symptoms go away but, again, they do not tell the dentist. The patient has to be asked! Once the patient begins to feel well they take it for granted, and don't make the connection, either. If everybody's results were instantaneous, there would be no controversy.


Find an alternative dentist. They have been leading the movement to ban mercury from dental supplies. Not only mer­cury, but all metal needs to be banned. If your dentist will not follow the necessary procedures, then you must find one that will. The questions to ask when you phone a new dental office are:


1                    Do you place mercury fillings? (The correct answer is NO. If they do, they probably don't have enough experience in the use of non-metal composites.)

2                    Do you do root canals? (The correct answer is NO. If they do, they do not understand good alternative dentistry.)

3                    Do you remove amalgam tattoos? (The correct answer is YES. Tattoos are pieces of mercury left in the gum tissue.)

4                    Do you treat cavitations? (The correct answer is YES. By cleaning them.) The complete name of cavitations is al­veolar cavitational osteopathosis. They are holes (cavities) left in the jawbone by an incompletely extracted tooth. A properly cleaned socket which is left after an ex­traction will heal and fill with bone. Dentists routinely do NOT clean the socket of tissue remnants or infected bone. A dry socket (really an infected socket) is a common result. These sockets never fully heal. Thirty years after an extraction, a cavitation will still be there. It is a form of osteomyelitis, which means bone infection.



Ninety percent or more of dental offices will not be able to answer ANY of the above questions correctly. If you allow the work to be done by a dentist who does not understand the im­portance of the above list, you could end up with new problems. Find the right dentist first even if you must travel hundreds of miles. There are 6,000 to 10,000 dentists who should be able to help. Some can do part of the work and refer you to a specialist for the rest. Five hundred to one thousand of these dentists can do it all.


Normal treatment cost is about $1,000 for replacement of 6 to 8 metal fillings including the examination and X-rays. For people with a metal filling in every tooth, or for the extraction of all teeth (plus dentures), it may be up to $3,000 (or more in some places).


Remember, the simpler the treatment, the better. If the dentist says that he or she can change your metal fillings to plastic but it would be better to crown them, say "NO!"


Guidelines For A Healthy Mouth


If you have

What to do

Metal fillings

change to plastic fillings

Inlays and onlays

change to plastic fillings

Crowns (all types)

change to plastic crowns


change to plastic crowns, partials

Metal partials

change to plastic partials(FlexiteTM)

Pink dentures

change to clear plastic

Porcelain denture teeth

change to plastic denture teeth

Badly damaged teeth

become extractions

Root canals

become extractions

Braces and implants



need to be surgically cleaned

Temporary crowns

use plastic

Temporary fillings

use DuralonTM


The guidelines can be summarized as:


1                    Remove all metal from the mouth.

2                    Remove all infected teeth and clean cavitations.


Dr. Clark: Removing all metal means removing all root ca­nals, metal fillings and crowns. Take out all bridge work or partials made of metal and never put them back in. But you may feel quite attached to the gold, so ask the dentist to give you everything she or he removes. Look at the underside. You will be glad you switched.


Tops and bottoms of some metal crowns


Fig. 60 Tops and bottoms of some metal crowns.


The top surfaces of tooth fillings are kept glossy by brushing (you swallow some of what is removed). Underneath is tarnish and foulness. Ask to see your crowns when they are removed.

The stench of the infection under some teeth may be over¬whelming as they are pulled. Bad breath in the morning is due to such hidden tooth infections, not a deficiency of mouthwash!

All metal must come out, no matter how glossy it looks on the surface. Metal does not belong in your body. It is an un¬natural chemical. Do this as soon as you have found a dentist able to do it. Find a dentist with experience and knowledge about this subject. It is more than replacing acknowledged cul¬prits like mercury-amalgam fillings. This is metal-free dentistry. Only metal-free plastic should be put back in your mouth.

Dr. Jerome: If your dentist tells you that mercury and other metals will not cause any problems, you will not be able to change his or her mind. Seek treatment elsewhere!

Your dentist should do a complete X-ray examination of your mouth. Ask for the panoramic X-ray rather than the usual series of 14 to 16 small X-rays (called full mouth series). The panoramic X-ray shows the whole mouth including the jaws and the sinuses. This lets the dentist see impacted teeth, root frag¬ments, bits of mercury buried in the bone and deep infections. Cavitations are visible in a panoramic X-ray that may not be seen in a full mouth series.

The cost of removing metals should be viewed in the proper light. It took years or decades to get into your present condition. When you do a lot of dental repair in a short time, it can seem to be costly. Unfortunately, many people are in a tight financial position because of the cost of years of ineffective treatment, trying to get well.

Your dentist may recommend crowning teeth to “protect” or strengthen them. Unfortunately, the very concept of crowning teeth is flawed. First, the enamel is removed from a tooth to prepare for the crown. This is permanent and serious damage! Many teeth, up to 20%, may die after being crowned and will need to be extracted. For this reason, you should only get REPLACEMENT crowns and NO NEW crowns. Your metal crowns can be changed to plastic. (Remember, no metal must be left under the crown.)

If you have many crowns, you should have them all removed as quickly as possible. But you should not spend more than two hours in the dentist's chair at any one time. That is too much stress for your body.

Dr. Clark: Don 't accept intravenous (IV) treatments during amalgam removal. Both IV bags and the supplements used in them are polluted with propyl alcohol, benzene, and wood alcohol.

Dr. Jerome: It is quite all right to have temporary crowns placed on all teeth that need them in the first visit. You may then go back and complete treatment over the next 6 to 12 months. It is common to find a crowned tooth to be very weak and not worth replacing the crown, particularly if you are already having a partial made and could include this tooth in it.

Dr. Clark: We are accustomed to thinking that plastic is metal-free. This is wrong. The original dental plastic, methyl methacrylate was metal-free. But modern plastic contains metal. The metal is ground up very finely and added to the plastic in order to make it harder, give it sheen, color, etc.

Dr. Jerome: Dentists are not commonly given information on these metals used in plastics. The information that comes with dental supplies does not list them either. Most dentists never look at a dental materials book after they graduate. The ADA, however, has a library full of such information.21
Dr. Clark: There are many lanthanide (Rare Earth) metals used in dental plastic. Their effects on the body from dentalware
21 Call the American Dental Association at (800) 621-8099 (Illinois
(800) 572-8309, Alaska or Hawaii (800) 621-3291). Members can ask for the Bureau of Library Services, non-members ask for Public Infor¬mation.
have NOT been studied. Yet their cancer-promoting ability is known in many cases.22 Only metal-free plastic is safe.
Dr. Jerome: These are the acceptable plastics; they can be procured at any dental lab.

     Plastic for dentures: Methyl Methacrylate. Available in clear and pink. Do not use pink.23

     Plastic for partial dentures: FlexiteTM Available in clear and pink. Do not use pink.

     Plastic for fillings: Composite Materials. This is the mate¬rial that has been used in front teeth for 30 years. It has been used in back teeth for 10 years. There are many brands and there are new ones being marketed constantly. The new ones are very much superior to those used 10 years ago and they will continue to improve. They do, however, contain enough barium or zirconium to make them visible on X-rays. There are no alternatives available without these metals.

Dr. Clark: Composites with barium are not good, but I haven't seen enough barium toxicity from fillings at this time to merit advising extraction instead. Hopefully, a barium-free va¬riety will become available soon to remove this health risk.

Dr. Jerome: Many people (and dentists too) believe that porcelain is a good substitute for plastic. Porcelain is aluminum oxide with other metals added to get different colors (shades). The metal DOES come out of the porcelain! It has many technical drawbacks as well. Porcelain is not recommended. Some22 Thulium and ytterbium have been studied for their tumor-seeking ability. See page 321 in the book METAL IONS In BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS, Vol. 10, Carcinogenicity and Metal Ions. Editor Helmut Sigel 1980.

23 The pink color is from mercury or cadmium which is added to the plastic.
times the white composite fillings are called porcelain fillings but they are not. They also require more tooth structure to be removed.
If you have a large bridge, it cannot be replaced with a plas¬tic bridge because it isn't strong enough. A large bridge must be replaced with a removable partial (FlexiteTM).

The methods used to remove metals and infections are tech¬nical and complicated. See dental information in Sources.
Dr. Clark: I'd like to thank Dr. Jerome for his contributions to this section, and his pioneering work in metal-free dentistry. I hope more dentists acquire his techniques.

Horrors Of Metal Dentistry

Why are highly toxic metals put in materials for our mouths? Because not everyone agrees on what is toxic at what level. Just decades ago lead was commonly found in paint, and until recently in gasoline. Lead was not less toxic then, we were just less informed! The government sets standards of toxicity, but those “standards” change as more research is done (and more people speak out). You can do better than the government by dropping your standard for toxic metals to zero! Simply remove them.

The debate still rages over mercury amalgam fillings. No one disputes the extreme toxicity of mercury compounds and mercury vapor. The ADA feels that mercury amalgam fillings are safe because they do not vaporize or form toxic compounds to a significant degree. Opponents cite scientific studies that implicate mercury amalgams as disease causing. Many dentists advocate mercury amalgam fillings simply because they are ac¬cepted by the ADA, which they believe protects them from malpractice litigation. Why risk your health and life on their opinions? Remember everything corrodes and everything seeps, so amalgams must too.

Cadmium is used to make the pink color in dentures! Cad¬mium is five times as toxic as lead, and is strongly linked to high blood pressure.
Occasionally, thallium and germanium are found together in mercury amalgam tooth fillings. Thallium causes leg pain, leg weakness, and paraplegia. If you are in a wheelchair without a very reliable diagnosis, have all the metal removed from your mouth. Ask the dentist to give you the grindings. Try to have them analyzed for thallium using the most sensitive methods available, possibly at a research institute or university.

I was astonished to find thallium in mercury amalgams! It couldn't be put there intentionally, look how toxic it is:

TEJ500 HR: 3

Thallium and its compounds are on the Community Right To Know List.
THR: Extremely toxic. The lethal dose for a man by inges¬tion is 0.5-1.0 gram. Effects are cumulative and with continuous exposure toxicity occurs at much lower levels. Major effects are on the nervous system, skin and cardiovascular tract. The periph¬eral nervous system can be severely affected with dying-back of the longest sensory and motor fibers. Reproductive organs and the fetus are highly susceptible. Acute poisoning has followed the ingestion of toxic quantities of a thallium-bearing depilatory and accidental or suicidal ingestion of rat poison. Acute poisoning results in swelling of the feet and legs, arthralgia, vomiting, insomnia, hyperesthesia and paresthesia [numbness] of the hands and feet, mental confusion, polyneuritis with severe pains in the legs and loins, partial paralysis of the legs with reaction of degeneration, angina-like pains, nephritis, wasting and weakness, and lymphocytosis and eosinophilia. About the 18th day, complete loss of the hair on the body and head may occur. Fatal poisoning has been known to occur. Recovery requires months and may be incomplete. Industrial poisoning is reported to have caused discoloration of the hair (which later falls out), joint pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, severe pain in the calves of the legs, albuminuria, eosinophilia, lymphocytosis and optic neuritis followed by atrophy. Cases of industrial poisoning are rare, however. Thal¬lium is an experimental teratogen [used to induce birth defects for study]. When heated to decomposition they [sic] emit highly toxic fumes of Tl [thallium]. See also THALLIUM and specific compounds.24

Thallium pollution frightens me more than lead, cadmium and mercury combined, because it is completely unsuspected. Its last major use, rat poison, was banned in the 1970s. Every wheelchair patient I tested was positive for thallium! One current use for thallium is in Arctic/Antarctic thermostats. When added to mercury the mercury will stay liquid at lower temperatures. Are mercury suppliers then providing the dental industry with tainted amalgam?

The cancer causing or carcinogenic action of metals has been studied for a long time, although it doesn't get attention by our regulatory agencies. A scientific book on this subject was published in 1980.25

We can see that chromium and nickel compounds are the most carcinogenic metals. Nickel is used in gold crowns, braces, and children's crowns!
Note that the form of the metal is very important. For instance chromium is an essential element of glucose tolerance

24 Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials, 7th ed. by N. Irving Sax and Richard J. Lewis Sr., Van NOSTRAND, Reinhold N.Y. 1989.
25 The title is Carcinogenicity and Metal Ions. It is volume 10 of a series called Metal Ions in Biological Systems, edited by Helmut Sigel. A university chemistry library should have this site. It has a fascinat¬ing chapter on the leukemias by two scientists from the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, E. L. Andronikashvili and L. Mosulishvili. Their brilliant work and discussion was largely responsible for my pursuit of the whole subject of cancer.

factor, but most of its other compounds are extremely toxic. In general, xenobiotic compounds (foreign) are to be avoided! Metal doesn't belong in our foods or in our bodies. Dental Rewards After your mouth is metal and infection
free, notice whether your sinus condition, earringing, enlarged neck glands, headache, enlarged spleen, bloated condition, knee pain,

Keep a small notebook to write down these improvements. It will show you which symptoms came originally from your teeth. Symptoms often come back! So go back to your dentist, to search for a hidden infection under one or more of your teeth, or where your teeth once were! That infection can be the cause of tinnitus, TMJ, arthritis, neck pain, loss of balance, and heart attacks!


Dentures can be beautiful. Of course, plastic isn't natural, but it is the best compromise that can be made to restore your mouth. At least it isn't positively charged like metals; it can't set up an electric current nor a magnetic field in your mouth, all of which may be harmful.


Do not be swayed by arguments that plastic is not as strong as metal. You see dentures everywhere and they seem strong enough to eat with. You will be told that "noble" metals like gold and platinum and silver are OK, that they are "inert" and do not corrode or seep. Nothing could be more untrue. You may be keeping them glossy by the constant polishing action of your toothpaste. But if you look at the underside, the view is frightful. Everything tarnishes and everything seeps. You wouldn't expect even a gold or silver coin that was dropped in a foun­tain 50 years ago to be intact. As metal corrodes your body absorbs it!

In breast cancer, es­pecially, you find that metals from dentalware have dissolved and ac­cumulated in the breast. They will leave the breast if you clear them out of your mouth (and diet, body, home). The cysts shrink and are simply gone. No need to do surgery!