April 15, 2020
Believe it or not, your body relies on certain heavy metals to function correctly, like iron and zinc. Unfortunately, large amounts can be toxic. While many people aren’t worried about heavy metal toxicity, a 2019 study found it’s more common than many adults realize because of the increased prevalence of industrial, agricultural, and sewage waste. Although it’s normal to be concerned about your exposure at any time, it’s a leading fear for expectant mothers, especially those who may need dental work. Your holistic dentist in Southlake offers biocompatible solutions and can help you with heavy metal detox to protect your health and your unborn baby.
Risks of Heavy Metals During Pregnancy
Heavy metal toxicity isn’t good for anyone; however, research shows pregnant women and their fetuses are more vulnerable to the complications it can cause. Environmental exposure to certain contaminants during childhood or later in life can transfer through the placental barrier. While the placenta is effective for reducing some transfer of metals, certain ones can get through, such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead.
Even at low levels of exposure, the fetus can be affected through trans-placental circulation. In some cases, the toxicity can lead to physiological changes during pregnancy. It can alter proper cell division and differentiation, increasing the risk of suboptimal fetal growth and development. The skeletal system of the fetus can be weakened while there is also an increased risk of brain abnormalities from heightened oxidative stress.
While the potential risks appear to be endless, expectant mothers can remove excessive levels of heavy metals from the body safely. There are various medications to help rid metals, but they aren’t natural and can cause adverse complications. Instead, there are natural solutions to protect a mother and her unborn baby from heavy metal toxicity.
Natural Heavy Metal Detox
Detoxing your body from heavy metals is one of the best things you can do for your health, especially if you’re pregnant. One of the safest and most effective ways to rid your body of harmful metals is through your diet. Simple changes can make a tremendous difference, like being selective about fish because certain ones have higher levels of mercury. Also, consider adding a side of cilantro to your meals because it has a natural chelating agent. While you’ll find many fade detox diets online, it’s best to discuss them with your OB/GYN.
Remove Heavy Metal Toxins
If you’re concerned about your exposure to heavy metals, discuss your concerns with your dentist in Southlake. Your dentist can help you with a mercury detox while also replacing any old silver fillings with tooth-colored solutions. Invest in your health and your unborn baby by removing heavy metals from your body.
About Dr. Preetha Thomas
Dr. Preetha Thomas is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and has undergone advanced training in maxillofacial oral surgery. She takes a holistic approach to dental care to promote the body and mouth connection. If you’re concerned about old metal restorations, contact our office today to learn more about biocompatible options.
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