Category Archives: Fillings

Up Up and Away….

High altitude flying reveals dental troubles that elude even the X-ray. Naval doctors found for instance, a naval dive-bomber pilot reported that he was always troubled with severe toothache just before going into a dive. He blamed sinus trouble. But a test in a pressure chamber simulating the atmospheric conditions at high altitude revealed hidden decay that had not been detected by X-rays. Studying an undisclosed number of cases, navy doctors found:
(1) Fifty-seven per cent, of airmen developed toothache in a pressure chamber equivalent to a height’ of 28,000 feet.
(2) Twenty-three per cent, experienced pain at a reading equivalent to 18,000 feet.
(3) Twenty per cent, began showing symptoms before reaching the equivalent of 10,000 feet.
After the hidden decay had been located and repairs carried out, the airmen experienced no further discomfort.
Source: The Daily News, Mon 16 Aug 1943

Gold Surrender

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

To Catch a Thief…

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

Mercury Rising

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.

Source: Dental amalgam and multiple sclerosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Aminzadeh KK, Etminan M.

J Public Health Dent. 2007 Winter;67(1):64-6. Review.