Alternatives to mercury silver fillings

Traditionally, cavities have been filled with amalgam, a mixture of metals that includes mercury. In recent years, however, fillings that contain mercury have become increasingly controversial. Mercury can have toxic effects, potentially causing neurological problems. Scientists have theorized that the mercury found in fillings can vaporize and travel to other locations in the body.  …

How do cavities form?

Most patients dread learning that they have a cavity during their semiannual visit to the dentist, but the fact is that a large number of patients will eventually hear that news.   The mouth is home to bacteria that cause tooth decay and, eventually, cavities by producing acids that break down the teeth’s enamel. The…