Mercury stores in the body in the following order:

  1. kidney
  2. liver
  3. neurological tissue
  4. GI tract
  5. other body tissues

It is important to note that mercury is a cumulative toxin, meaning it is quite possible for a patient to have a mouthful of “silver fillings” and not be symptomatic. Even though the mercury is still doing systemic, physiological damage, the patient may not be showing signs or symptoms.

Symptoms recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA):

  • Tremor observed in the fine voluntary muscle movement such as handwriting, eventually progressing to convulsions
  • Depression, fatigue, increased irritability, moodiness, nervous excitability especially when criticized
  • Inability to concentrate, loss of memory
  • Insomnia or drowsiness
  • Nausea and diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Birth defects in offspring
  • Nephritis or symptoms of kidney disease
  • Pneumonitis
  • Swollen glands and tongue
  • Ulceration of oral mucosa
  • Dark pigmentation of marginal gingiva and loosening of teeth 

Other Possible Signs/Symptoms of Mercury Toxicity Include:

Disturbances of the Central Nervous System:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety/nervousness, often with difficulty breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Exaggerated response to stimulation
  • Fearfulness
  • Emotional instability
  • Lack of self-control
  • Fits of anger with violent, irrational behavior
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Indecision
  • Shyness or timidity, easily embarrassed
  • Loss of memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lethargy/drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Mental depression, despondency
  • Withdrawal
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Manic depression
  • Numbness and tingling of hands, feet, fingers, toes, or lips
  • Muscle weakness, progressing to paralysis
  • Ataxia
  • Tremors/trembling of hands, feet, lips, eyelids, or tongue
  • Incoordination
  • Myasthenia gravis (Graves disease)
  • Multiple sclerosis

 Head, Neck, Oral Cavity Disorders:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Alveolar bone loss
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Excessive salivation
  • Foul breath
  • Metallic taste
  • Burning sensations, with tingling of lips, face
  • Tissue pigmentation (amalgam “tattoo” of gums)
  • Leukoplakia
  • Stomatitis
  • Ulceration of gingiva, palate, tongue
  • Dizziness or acute/chronic vertigo
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Speech and visual impairment
  • Glaucoma
  • Restricted, dim vision

Gastrointestinal Effects:

  • Food sensitivities
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Colitis/diverticulitis
  • Chronic diarrhea/constipation

 Cardiovascular Effects:

  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Abnormal blood pressure, either high or low

 Immunological:

  • Repeated infections
  • Viral and fungal infections
  • Candida or other yeast infections
  • Mycobacterial infections
  • Cancer

Autoimmune Disorders:

  • Arthritis
  • Lupus erythematosus (LE)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Scleroderma
  • Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Hypothyroidism

Systemic Effects:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Allergies
  • Severe dermatitis
  • Unexplained reactivity
  • Thyroid disturbance
  • Subnormal body temperature
  • Cold, clammy skin, especially hands and feet
  • Excessive perspiration, with frequent night sweats
  • Unexplained sensory symptoms, including pain
  • Unexplained numbness, or burning sensations
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Nephritic syndrome
  • Kidney infection
  • Adrenal disease
  • General fatigue
  • Loss of appetite/with or without weight loss
  • Loss of weight
  • Hypoglycemia

In Children/Infants:

  • Autism
  • Slow speech development
  • Hands and feet red, swollen, and cold
  • Intelligence disturbances
  • Slight, persistent fever
  • Pyramidal symptoms
  • Mental retardation
  • Disturbed body growth
  • Primitive reflexes
  • Anorexia
  • Irritability
  • Limb deformity
  • Fretfulness
  • Weakness
  • Acrodynia
  • Cerebral palsy