I am 20 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I went to the dental clinic yesterday to have some cleaning. I have not had a chance to visit the dentist since I learned that I am pregnant. When I got home, I realized that I have three 10-year old amalgam fillings on my molars. I failed to inform the hygienist about this. I am now worried that she
may have scratched the amalgams while she was scraping around my teeth and and that I may have swallowed some of the amalgam particles. I also remember that when she was dabbing in between my teeth with a cotton, I saw some gray particles in the cotton bud. Could this be tiny parts of the fillings?
I have read that amalgam may be harmful for brain/central nervous system development of a fetus and that blindness and autism can result if the baby is exposed.
Is it possible that scraping the teeth can remove the amalgam or is the metal too hard to be disrupted during dental cleaning? Can you suggest of any remedies to counteract any effects if I indeed swallowed some mercury? I want this pregnancy to be as safe as possible.
P.S I've also read just recently that women with fillings should have them removed at least one year in advance of when they intend to become pregnant. Should I be worried about this? Thanks a lot for your answers!