Is There a Dentist Who Cares About Thyroid Issues?

My dentist always seems to blow off any concerns I have about my health. First, he was frustrated that I didn’t want a silver filling because of the mercury content. Now he’s upset because I’m asking about lithium-free dental crowns, but I have thyroid problems and lithium has a negative impact on thyroid function. Eventually, he always gives in, but I feel like I have to fight for everything with this dentist. Is there a dentist who’ll care about my health, including my thyroid?

Laura G.

Dear Laura,

Boston Holistic Dentist

There are several different types of tooth-colored materials which dentists can choose from, only one of them contains any ingredients which are lithium disilicate-based. A dentist shouldn’t have any trouble steering away from one type. I don’t know if this will give you any peace of mind or not, but my understanding is this is a different type of lithium than what is used in the treatment for bipolar disorder, which has been shown to cause hypothyroidism.

Either way, you need a dentist who’s willing to listen to your concerns. In your place, I’d look for a holistic dentist. Some people call them natural dentists. Their philosophy is to treat your whole body and not just your teeth. They’ll be much more willing to take into consideration your concerns with mercury and your thyroid.

All of them are mercury-free dentists. Many are also BPA-free. They are also good at working to find materials that work for your body. For instance, some patients have metal sensitivities. That means they’d ask to use zirconia instead of titanium for their dental implants.

I’d do a simple internet search and see which holistic dentists are listed for your area. If you don’t have any, try instead for a list of mercury-free dentists. Explain your concerns. They should be understanding. If they’re not, just keep going down your list until you find one. I’m sure you will.

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