What is Oral Galvanism?
Galvanism is a battery effect caused by the presence of dissimilar metals in the highly conducive and acidic environment of the saliva of the mouth. Dissimilar metals in the mouth include metal alloys combined to make mercury amalgams and metal alloys combined to create the metal substructure beneath the porcelain in a traditional lab fabricated crown (especially galvanic if there is an amalgam build-up beneath the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown).
Research suggests that galvanism may be disruptive to the electromagnetic functioning of the body. It is an effect separate from and additional to any mercury poisoning that may occur in certain individuals who may not be able to eliminate and excrete mercury adequately for maintenance of general health.
The symptoms listed below are NOT exclusive to galvanism/mercury poisoning, and their presence does NOT mean that you are suffering from galvanism or mercury poisoning.
(NOTE: A person who no longer has teeth may still suffer mercury poisoning because the body stores mercury in tissues, glands and organs.)
There is no way to predict, much less guarantee, whose health will benefit from amalgam removal. We work with primary care providers, naturopaths, chiropractors, nutritionists, neurologists, and other health providers. Even so, as dentists, we limit advice to the oral cavity and related bones, nerves, and musculature. Always consult your health providers for health or medical concerns/questions.
Symptoms of POTENTIAL galvanism and/or mercury toxicity as listed in medical literature and textbooks:
Alterations in blood pressure
Pain or pressure in chest
Chronic or frequent headaches
Pain in extremities (hands/feet)
Numbness in extremities (hands/feet)
Tingling in extremities (hands/feet)
Tingling in lips
Inflammation of the mouth
Loosening of teeth
Alveolar bone loss
Blue lines on gums
Ulcerations in mouth
Burning tongue, mouth, throat
Inflammation of kidney
Urgent or frequent urination
Constipation or diarrhea
Anorexia or chronic obesity
Pressure, itching, burning, tearing eyes
Dim, double, blurred vision
Decreased hearing, tinnitus
Apathy, loss of initiative and interest
Difficulty concentrating or thinking
Evidence of mental deterioration
Hyperactivity or excitability
Skin disturbances, rashes
Clammy, cold skin, hands or feet
Excessive chilliness or excessive warmth