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Dental fillings

in by jemozne
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Hi!

I am 32 and have been diagnosed with Sjögren´s sdr this year. I am of course wondering what is it that triggered my condition. I have been wondering if my dental fillings might be it. They are `plastic`fillings and i have been having them for about 7 years. My dentist says there is no link between this type of filling and autoimmunity, but would agree to change them for a procelain ones (zirconium or emax). Does anyone have any experience with these fillings, or has anyone read some studies about them?
Thanks,
Alexandra


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Conditions: Sjögren's syndrome

Age: 25-34

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There are several things that could be contributing to an autoimmune disease such as Sjogrens. Most studies on dental fillings and autoimmune diseases have to do with metal amalgams such as mercury fillings. Sometimes these metal fillings can leak and cause issues with autoimmunity over time. Care needs to be taken for someone with these types of fillings if they are going to be removed since improper removal can increase the likelihood of toxic exposure.

With all autoimmune diseases though, it is important to understand that there is generally no single cause or trigger for these reactions. Most of the time, there are a series of environmental triggers and exposures over time that can put a burden on the immune system response and make autoimmunity more pronounced.

Common triggers for autoimmune conditions include metal/toxin exposure (like amalgams), food allergies, intestinal dysbiosis or infections, chronic bacterial or viral infections and hormone imbalances. Helping to reduce autoimmune reactions requires a multifocal approach and can require several life changes depending on what is going on for each individual person.

Jenny Bennett, ND LAc
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Answered on May 14, 2016

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