Mercury Fillings And Hair Loss

Mercury Fillings And Hair Loss
September 24th, 2010

mercury fillings hair lossA lot of women are told the cause of their hair loss is all in their head, but what if it truly is? Silver mercury amalgam fillings in your teeth are a possible culprit of hair loss. Do you have mercury fillings in your mouth right now?

Metal mouth
At this point I’ve been researching hair loss for about 10 years, and I’ve had so many different tests, and ruled out almost all causes of my hair loss. Chances are it’s just genetic, but what I haven’t been able to rule out yet are my silver amalgam fillings (which contain mercury). I have a lot of silver fillings left – at least 10 that I haven’t needed to replace yet with white composite fillings. I started getting silver put in my mouth at age 13 and I’ve had a lot of fillings. When I was a kid I got silver ones because that’s what the dentist used, and when I was in college, I also got silver fillings because they were cheaper. I also have a gold crown next to a silver filling, which is supposedly really bad.

What’s wrong with mercury fillings?
Mercury is an extremely toxic element. The great debate is whether or not amalgam fillings pose any harm to you. Did you know that while amalgam fillings are used in the United States all the time, they are banned in some countries due to safety concerns? Amalgam fillings leach mercury vapors into your mouth every day, but some experts say the amount is negligible, and poses no harm, while other experts say this amount is extremely hazardous to your health.

But the American Dental Association (ADA) says amalgam fillings are safe. If a dentist suggests removing your amalgam fillings for health reasons, the dentist can be expelled from the ADA and lose their license, so most dentists are going to tell you they are perfectly safe. I’ve asked every dentist I’ve ever had if mercury fillings are safe and they all say yes. Do I believe them? No. Did you know that when mercury fillings are removed from your mouth, they are disposed as hazardous waste? Scary! Another crazy fact: dentists have one of the highest suicide rates of all professions. Mercury poisoning can cause depression and suicide. Remember the Mad Hatter from “Alice In Wonderland”? – mercury was used in hat making at one time, and neurological damage is another side effect of mercury poisoning.

Mercury and hair loss
So what does all of this have to do with hair loss – mercury poisoning causes hair loss. It also causes a host of other major health problems like autoimmune diseases, and it brings on diseases that you are genetically predisposed to getting. Mercury can also cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, MS, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, thyroid problems, Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus. Very common mercury ailments, besides hair loss, include: depression, numbness and tingling, chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, difficulty making decisions, ringing in the ears, and irritability.

So mercury causes all of these horrible problems, but again the question is whether mercury fillings cause the same problems. That’s something I can’t answer, but I am guessing YES! I urge you to do your own research about mercury to decide for yourself. Not everyone is going to have a sensitivity to mercury, though. And people can have different thresholds to how much mercury in their body causes a problem.

Why haven’t I taken out my silver fillings yet?
There’s nothing I want more than to replace all of my mercury fillings with white composite fillings, but I haven’t done it yet. I’ve had several replaced in the past when bigger fillings were needed, and luckily I chose white ones then for aesthetic purposes. I only learned about the connection between hair loss and mercury a few years ago. I haven’t gone out of my way to replace any mainly because of money. It costs a lot to get them replaced, and I don’t have dental insurance (just a dental discount plan). Even though I know for a fact mercury causes hair loss, I do not know if removing my fillings will make my hair grow back. There are so many things I’ve already tried to fix that I was sure would bring back my hair (taking iron pills, fixing my low thyroid, eating better, exercising more, reducing stress) and nothing has worked, so chances are my luck will be no better with the mercury removal either.

I do believe I have a sensitivity to mercury because I have sooo many symptoms of mercury toxicity. Of course half of the symptoms are the same as those of depression, Hypothyroid and hormone imbalances, so who knows what’s what. Ironically, mercury causes all of these problems too! Also every time I eat fish with a lot of mercury (like ahi tuna) I get tingling fingers and arms, which is a sign of mercury poisoning. But it could be a coincidence. I now stay away from fish high in mercury. Finally, I first got my fillings at age 13 and didn’t notice any health problems until I was around 18, and it wasn’t until age 20 that I saw an increase in hair shedding. I was continuing to get new fillings every year after age 13, so maybe I finally reached a threshold where I had enough to cause problems, or maybe they have nothing to do with anything…

Another reason I haven’t removed all my fillings yet is because removing mercury fillings can cause even more problems. When they’re removed, they emit even more vapors into your mouth, and a lot of people report getting really sick from the removal. I’ve had so many health problems in the past, and I’ve always wondered if they happened when I got new silver fillings, or got them out, but I just can’t remember if the events coincided. Also, ideally you should find a dentist that believes silver fillings are bad and knows how to remove them properly – in the correct sequence, and using proper safety measures. In the book “It’s All in Your Head: The Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness,” the author explains this, and explains how to take them out, and how to chelate afterwards, and the whole things sounds so complicated, and if you do it wrong, you could end up worse off in the end! Jeez. I also worry the removal could cause more hair shedding initially, and you shouldn’t get all the fillings out at once, so the whole process could take a year.

Have you had your silver fillings removed? What happened? A lot of people online do report seeing their hair come back after removing their fillings! Of course, there could be more than one underlying cause of someone’s hair loss (mercury fillings plus genetics) so removing the fillings might help somewhat, but it’s not going to solve the genetic part. The amount of suffering I’ve gone through over the past 15 years from various health problems and hair loss (the worst of them all) has taken a real toll on me – what if it was all because of some stupid silver in my mouth?!!!

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13 ResponsesLeave a comment
  • Rachel
    September 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm
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    You’ve probably looked into this, but do you have any iron or biotin or vitamin b12 deficiencies? I’ve heard they can cause hair loss…

  • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
    September 25, 2010 at 12:29 am
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    Rachel,
    I take Biotin and B12 every day, but I don’t think I have deficiencies in them. I have slightly low ferritin levels and have been taking iron pills for years to try to raise them. I take so many vitamin and mineral supplements each day just to cover every possible deficiency.

  • B.
    September 28, 2010 at 8:37 am
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    I would have never thought fillings could cause hair loss. Just curious, but have you ever wondered why you have so many fillings?

    I am 24 and also have a lot of fillings. Every time I go to the dentist it seems I have a new cavity. I have long felt that my issues with cavities are because I have a very sensitive stomach, acid reflux and problems with certain food intolerances (like gluten). My mom has gluten intolerance and very bad teeth as well. (I guess the inability to digest foods causes erosion of tooth enamel). I have also read on forums that individuals who had gluten intolerance lost hair. One women reported that her hair truned gray and started falling out and 3 months after going on the gluten free diet her hair started growing back and the color returned.

    Maybe this is all connected? You could research Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance and see if it sounds familiar.

  • B.
    September 28, 2010 at 8:40 am
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    Also, we talked about this via email once before, but I have a question about birth control and hair loss. As you know, I started losing my hair after I stopped eating and lost weight. I have been eating well for 2 1/2 months now, but I would swear my hair loss has gotten worse! I mentioned to you that back in July I briefly went off my BC for about a month. Do you think this could be why my hair loss is worse.

    I just feel like after 2 1/2 months of eating right I should be seeing reduction in my hair loss. I still feel like I’m shedding far too much hair and that there must be another culprit.

  • B.
    September 28, 2010 at 8:44 am
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    PS: Low iron levels would definitely be a sign of gluten intolerance also. My mom was diagnosed with Celiac at 45 and her iron was half of what it should have been despite eating very well. Celiac interferes with your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food and this would explain hair loss, iron deficiency despite taking iron supplements and dental problems.

  • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
    September 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm
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    B.,
    Yes I have thought about why I have so many fillings, and the answer may seem crazy, but I think half of the fillings I have were not necessary and they are there because the dentist was trying to make $. My teeth were fine until I got my braces off at age 13, and I had 11 cavities then! The dentist said it was because I wasn’t brushing well when I had the braces on. Since then I had new cavities almost every year. But then I started to get smart and when a dentist said I had a cavity, I wouldn’t just fill it – I’d go to another dentist, and the new dentist would either find no cavities, or they would find different ones – in different teeth!!! 5 years ago I was told I had 3 new cavities, and I got a bad feeling about the new dentist and I never went back. My current dentist has not done a single filling on my in 5 years, and he says I have no current cavities – just a few teeth that are on watch.

    Anyway, genetics play some role in cavities, as does eating poorly (which I did when I was younger). I don’t have any stomach problems, but I could see how acid reflux could be a problem for teeth. I have heard of gluten sensitivity causing hair loss. I’ve been trying to eat less gluten, and I went gluten-free for a few weeks to see if I had a sensitivity to it, but I didn’t notice a difference personally. Just in case, though, I’m still trying to limit gluten because I have some thyroid problems, and gluten can make the problem worse. It also inhibits the absorption of nutrients in some people like you said!

    I do think your current shedding could be from going off BC in July. You could see shedding 2-3 months after any switch in hormones (stopping,starting BC). Then it could be another few months before the hair starts growing back in. So it can just take a long time before you hair comes back. I know the worst thing is wondering if it will ever stop, but if it was from the poor eating or BC, eventually it should fix itself, and chances are it won’t get much worse before it gets better.

  • B.
    September 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm
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    I hope you’re right that it doesn’t get much worse before it gets better. I have had horrible anxiety for a really long time, and this hair loss has made my anxiety even worse. I worry about it constantly, and even since visiting the dermatologist in August I think my hair has thinned a little bit more.

    I think I might start wearing a wig just so I don’t have to look at my own thinning hair anymore. It’s really starting to get to me, especially since it’s not improving.

  • Susan
    January 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm
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    I just had the second set of my mercury fillings replaced today–I have two more visits before I’m done. I did notice hair loss among many other symptoms and was told I had high levels of mercury, which is why I decided to get my fillings replaced.

    Recently, however, I discovered that many of my symptoms were caused by Botox poisioning. I was getting Botox for migraines and started developing very severe symptoms, such as anxiety, tremors, nausea, weight loss, muscle aches, hair loss, among many others. I am trying to get all of the toxins out of my body, so I will NEVER get Botox again and I am getting rid of my fillings. They may not be bothering me now, but I don’t want any mercury in my body because of possible harm in the future.

    Botox and mercury both cause anxiety!

  • TheRealDeal
    March 28, 2011 at 10:15 pm
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    I have hair loss too, since age 13 or so but it got considerably worse at 15 onwards. I also had many mercury fillings, the first one at age 8 or 9. I discovered I was gluten intolerant at 20 and blood test showed other allergies as well (milk, soy, etc.) but my hair still continues to fall, despite being gluten free. It sucks.

  • Elaine Vance
    June 5, 2011 at 3:16 am
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    I think there is a strong connection between hair loss (alopecia) and hormomes. I have not had a period in 3 months and my hair has started falling out again after 3 years in recession! I also have heard a lot about women whose hair grew back during pregnancy but fell out again once the baby was born – dunno but there could be a connection

  • Elaine Vance
    June 5, 2011 at 3:20 am
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    Also I should add that I agree with the amalgam connection – I have a considerable amount of silver fillings too – I was my dream to have all of these removed an they are all nearly gone. To my horror however, I have discovered also to my horror that crowns are filled with a silver metal and are only encased in enamal. The whole inner part of the crown and the root are solid metal (not sure whether or not this is amalgam. We just don’t know what poisons are being put into our bodies!!

  • Paula
    October 5, 2012 at 5:55 am
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    I broke a tooth a year ago, one that had my deepest silver filling.
    I suspect the tooth has been in trouble for many years, it was a premature contact and the dentist replaced the filling around 10 years ago.
    In the last 10 years, I have had a lot of issues, most of which people (me included) would put down to life and the pressures that accompany it. In my case, hormonal issues, thinning hair (VERY significant since my tooth broke, exposing the filling) and extreme fatigue.
    I should point out that I eat very well and exercise frequently.
    The tooth was not painful, but I was getting more and more concerned about the effects of the exposed filling. I got the filling removed and replaced with porcelain 2 weeks ago.
    WHAT a difference…..
    Hair loss is a third of what it was – if that
    Energy levels – through the roof
    Belief that mercury was the cause….absolutely convinced.

    I have 4 more fillings, shallow ones, but silver. They come out next week and the following week.
    If they are shallow (my dentist took an x-ray to check) they should not be TOO expensive to replace, and in my opinion, considering I had exploratory surgery to find out what was wrong with my energy levels, well worth it.

  • Donna
    January 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm
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    So to the original poster; did you have your amalgams removed? I have the same problem: hair loss. And I have plenty of amalgam fillings. Ask my dentists and they all say do NOT get dentures! I’m old enough that I’m tired of these broken teeth in back and these silver fillings. Will I regret getting dentures? That is my biggest question to the universe!

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