Dr. Tom McGuire: Practicing and Promoting Mercury-Safe Dentistry

By Michelle Alford on May 10, 2010 in Heroes
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h01Tom McGuire, D.D.S., has been a mercury-free and mercury-safe dentist for over 30 years. He received his BS at San Francisco State University and his DDS at theUniversity of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Dr. McGuire founded the Dental Wellness Institute in 1997 with the goal of bridging the gap between the dental and medical professions. In 2004 he formed the International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD) to support mercury-safe dentistry and to provide a more effective way for patients to find dentists who have made a commitment to practicing mercury-free and mercury-safe dentistry. In 2009 he co-founded New Directions Dentistry, LLC with Dr. Paul Rubin. New Direction Dentistry educates dental professionals about how to Minimize Occupational Exposure to Mercury at the Dental Office and practice Mercury Safe Dentistry.

Dr. McGuire has spent the last ten years researching mercury amalgam fillings and studying their effects on overall health. His book Poison in Your Teeth: Mercury Amalgam (Silver) Fillings…Hazardous to Your Health! addresses this issue. In addition, his extensive research into mercury detoxification has resulted in him writing the definitive book on mercury detoxification program, Mercury Detoxification: The Natural Way To Remove Mercury From Your Body. He is considered to be one of the leading authorities in the area of mercury amalgam fillings and mercury detoxification.

Other books he’s written include bestsellers The Tooth Trip and Tooth Fitness: Your Guide to Healthy Teeth, as well as his newest book Healthy Teeth – Healthy Body: How to Improve Your Oral and Overall HealthHis books have been published in Great Britain, Canada, and the Netherlands. He has appeared on national television, and many popular magazines and newspapers have carried articles on him, includingNewsweekTimeBusiness WeekMedical WorldEsquireReader’s Digestthe Christian Science Monitor,Prevention Magazine, the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesChicago TribuneDetroit Free PressWall Street Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dr. McGuire first became concerned with the effects of mercury in the early 70s: “The more I learned about mercury, the more I didn’t think it belonged anywhere close to the body, let alone in teeth,” explains Dr. McGuire.

Mercury has been used in amalgam (silver) dental fillings for over 150 years. First introduced in 1826, the formula for amalgam fillings has changed many times over the years but mercury has consistently been one of the main ingredients, with approximately 50% being mercury. Though controversy over the use of mercury has continued since its inception, the American Dental Association (ADA) attests that amalgam fillings have no negative effects on health.

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