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Mercury Fillings: They're Not Risky

Mercury Vapors Not Easily Absorbed by Body

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There's more data: "The amount absorbed in the average person's diet is 5 to 6 micrograms per day," says Mackert. "Mercury is in vegetables, fish, and in other meats in very small amounts. Mercury fillings release from 1 to 3 micrograms per day."

But, given concerns about pregnancy and mercury, are women at greater risk? "Studies of female dentists who are occupationally exposed to mercury amalgam don't show any higher incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes," Mackert tells WebMD. "Yet they are exposed to more mercury in fillings than other women are."

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