During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Japanese were required by the authorities to register their fillings. Those with gold filled teeth could then be called upon to “contribute” them to the national fund for prosecution of the war in China.
Source: Barrier Miner, Thursday 23 March 1939
Two young starving orphans were found a couple of days prior to Xmas by a charity member. When brought before the juvenile court, they reported that their mother had suddenly died a month prior. Sadly, they informed the judge, that the undertaker who had prepared the body for burial, extracted one of the woman’s teeth. The reason being that it was diamond set by the generosity of Bob Fitzsimmons, the actor and pugilist, in appreciation of her efforts as his leading lady in a touring company.
The good news is that the thief was eventually caught and the two children were placed in the care of an aunt.
Source: Evening News, Thurs 1 Feb 1906
Do mercury containing fillings cause Multiple Sclerosis?
Well, according to a systematic review of the available evidence, there is no significant link between the two.
Further research is required.
Aminzadeh KK, Etminan M.
J Public Health Dent. 2007 Winter;67(1):64-6. Review.