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SPECIAL REPORT: Silver fillings and dental insurance [Video]

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SALINAS, Calif. (KION) If you have ever had a cavity in your tooth, you probably went to your dentist to get it filled.

But for certain groups of people like children under six, getting the common, silver-colored amalgam could be riskier because of potential mercury exposure. While the FDA recommends these groups avoid silver fillings if possible, dentists say many insurances don’t cover the alternatives, forcing some to go with the silver anyways.

For George and Mimi Niesen, dental work has been a steady routine in their lives since the early years, especially for the Mrs.

“I was a very bad dog as a child and an adolescent. I ate all the wrong foods, and so I had lots of cavities and lots of silver fillings,” said Mimi Niesen, who is a Salinas resident.

Silver fillings were once a common sight in mouths. Now, only 50% of U.S. dentists still …