PreviDent – Good and Bad?

By david / February 24, 2009

Hi Dave,

I have a lot of old silver fillings that I am slowly getting replaced. But can only do so many per year due to bad dental insurance (I pay 1140.00 a year for 1000 coverage) – Anyway, he gave me prescription of prevident gel that he wants me to put in whitening trays. I didn’t see anything about prevident on your website. My dentist said it will help keep the silver fillings more bonded to the teeth. Any thought on this? BTW, I love my hydro floss!




Hi Stacie, I cannot say that I know much about Prevident nor do I have much experience with it. It does look like it contains a fairly sizeable amount of Fluoride. In the book, I stated that I wouldn’t take sides on the fluoride debate. But, I do feel it is better to err on the side of caution. As a result, I do avoid fluoride as much as possible.

Some people will be concerned about how that affects the teeth. Fluoride is not how our teeth were meant to be hardened by nature.

Therefore, if you want to know how to make your teeth stronger, I suggest the book by Ramiel Nagel. I’ve read his book and have modified some of his techniques and have come up with a way that I believe strengthens the teeth. Of course, there are no studies on what I’m doing though…

Anyway, to answer your question: I just spoke to a dentist (as in yesterday) about mercury fillings. As it turns out he had a severe case of mercury poisoning. Therefore, he is among the relatively few dentists that totally believe in getting rid of those mercury fillings (silver is a euphemism when it comes to mercury amalgams).

But besides that, as you know, mercury fillings tend to pull away from the tooth over time and start to break up and fracture. They also leave gaps that can get food particles stuck and lead to decay.

I’m not sure what mechanism Prevident employs to help keep that from happening. But it sounds like a chemical reaction with the amalgam and I really fear there may be some drawbacks from that interaction that either the dentist doesn’t know about, doesn’t worry about or doesn’t mention.

If it were me, I’d let nature take it’s course and I personally wouldn’t use that Prevident prescription. But, ethically and legally, I can’t tell YOU to do that. However, I can tell you what I personally would do….

I hope my convoluted answer is helpful in some way?

Thanks for asking your question:

David Snape
Author: What You Should Know about Gum Disease

* This post is for information purposes only and does not intend to render advice. Seek out your dentist for advice, diagnosis and treatment.


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