Let Me See Your Grillz

Decorative covers for the teeth made popular in hip hop culture, also known as "grillz" are often made of precious or semi-precious metals. It is considered a symbol of status and wealth to don such an expensive metal as gold on one's teeth. Default dental fillings, on the other hand, are made of toxic heavy metal. Nothing to smile about there!

Also known as amalgam, these metal dental fillings contain mercury and are especially unsafe for someone with the MTHFR gene mutation. The reason for this is that mercury interferes with the process of methylation. If you have the MTHFR gene variant, your body is already struggling to complete methylation efficiently. Permanently implanting such a toxic metal as mercury into the mouth can lead to even further health decline as mercury is slowly released into the body and stored over time.

Thankfully, there are alternatives to amalgam dental fillings that are safe for a MTHFR! Examples include composite resin, glass ionomer, porcelain, and gold. Composite resin is a popular choice because its white color matches the color of tooth enamel and is not extremely expensive.

But what do you do if you already have mercury-containing amalgam fillings? It is possible to have amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a healthier filling of your choice. However, it is critical that these fillings be removed correctly. Mercury is known to be released into the body in large amounts during the placement and removal process (if proper precautions are not taken). Consult with a dentist who understands mercury safety.

An additional tip is to increase your glutathione levels prior to the day of removal. Glutathione is your body's most powerful antioxidant and will facilitate the process of eliminating mercury in the body. It never hurts to give your body's own detoxification process a boost prior to removing this dangerous material.

As always, consult with your doctor before deciding to take a new supplement or increase the dosage of a supplement you're already taking.

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