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The Link Between Dental Fillings and Disease   by Plato   18 year

The Link Between Dental Fillings and Disease










On graphs below:  None = No Fillings,  1-7 = 1 Filling, 8-16 = 2-3 Fillings, 17-33 = 4-6 Fillings, 34-up = 7 or more Fillings


(Reason is filled surfaces were used.  There are 128 filled surfaces, corresponding to all fillable 28 teeth, in the mouth)






Complete Chart Reference Guide




Below are all the charts done for the Amalgam Project, to show the differences in dental filling rates for the International Classification of Disease Codes.  Here are the “signatures” that dental fillings leave for each disease.  No two charts are alike, just as no two human beings are alike.




Dose-response relationships can be seen here, some diseases have upwards of 30% of survivors with more than 34 filled teeth surfaces (equivalent to 6 or more dental fillings), other diseases have a much higher rate of survivors being completely filling-free.




Because each disease is so unique in its dental fillings signature, we believe this to be a historic discovery.  No more can it be said that dental fillings have “no effect” on disease.  Clearly, they have a major effect.  Otherwise, every chart would just have the shape of the solid line, which as you will see in a moment is the dental filling signature of the entire American Population.

ICD-9-CM Codes

How to read these graphs and charts:


a.          The table in each section shows the Total U.S. Population of 180,072,328 people.  Beside the “0”(zero) is the number of people, listed under “frequency”, who do NOT have the disease.  Beside the “1”(one) is the number of people who DO have the disease, and are called“survivors”.


b.          The graph in each section shows the dental filling distribution of the people who have the disease -“Yes”- in dotted line, and the rest of the population that does not have the disease -“No”- in solid line.  The size of each group is the number in the table under “frequency” explained in (a) above.


c.          The graph “x” axis then groups “filled surfaces” in 5 categories: None, 1-7, 8-16, 17-33, 34 up.  To convert to filled teeth, there are 128 filled surfaces equating to 28 fillable teeth in a human being (8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars and 8 molars).  There are actually 32 teeth in the mouth, but Wisdom teeth are not filled, so are scored instead as present/absent and do not factor in this analysis. The conversion factor is roughly 4.6, so divide by 4.6 to convert filled surfaces to fillings.  This is a more granular way of looking at teeth than dental fillings. 


-          Upper Left Central Incisor – 4 surfaces


-          Upper Left Lateral Incisor – 4 surfaces


-          Upper Left Cuspid – 4 surfaces


-          Upper Left 1st Bicuspid – 5 surfaces


-          Upper Left 2nd  Bicuspid – 5 surfaces


-          Upper Left 1st Molar – 5 surfaces


-          Upper Left 2nd Molar – 5 surfaces


-          Upper Left 3rd Molar – present/absent (wisdom tooth)


-          Upper Right Central Incisor – 4 surfaces


-          Upper Right Lateral Incisor – 4 surfaces


-          Upper Right Cuspid – 4 surfaces


-          Upper Right 1st Bicuspid – 5 surfaces


-          Upper Right 2nd  Bicuspid – 5 surfaces


-          Upper Right 1st Molar – 5 surfaces


-          Upper Right 2nd Molar – 5 surfaces


-          Upper Right 3rd Molar – present/absent (wisdom tooth)


     Same for Lower Right and Left Teeth.  Total of 16 upper and 16 lower teeth, 32 teeth in all.


d.          The higher the filled surfaces, the more dental fillings a patient has.  The reason for these groupings is simple.  Each grouping of filled surfaces is approximately 20% of the total U.S. Population of 180,072,328 people, the 5 groupings add up to 100%.  We can then easily see by looking at disease groups how the dotted line (has the disease) varies from the solid line (does not have the disease).  Most of the time, the solid line is nearly identical to the average U.S. population “norm” filling graph, so our attention is on the dotted line graph, which shows how groups that have the disease in question differ in dental filling distribution from average Americans.


e.           Click on any hyperlink to get details of the Disease Code in that section.  You will be connected via your web browser to Duke University.


1. Infectious and parasitic diseases (001-139)

We will show you how to read this section, it applies to all other sections.  In the table, 2,182,813 Americans are living with Infectious and Parasitic Diseases at the time the NHANES III study was done.  This is 1.2 Percent of the total American Population.  The remaining 177,889,515 Americans do not have this disease.  Looking at the graph, we see that 19% of survivors with this disease are filling-free (None), compared to 22% of the rest of Americans that are filling-free.  So survivors of these diseases are filling-free more than the average American.


Also, they have higher rates of dental surface fillings in the 17-33 and 34-up categories, 24% vs 20% and 23% vs 19% respectively.


As we will see time and time again in this paper, dental fillings rates for disease groups do not look like the “average” rates for ordinary Americans.  The larger the survivor group, the more filling-free they are, the smaller the survivor group the more fillings they have than average.  It is disturbing, and the best way to lower your risk and/or increase your survival rate in either case is to be filling-free.




2. Cancer  [Neoplasms]  (140-239)   



Links to Cancer Mortality Rates





see notes



3. Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, and immunity disorders (240-279)


see notes






4. Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs (280-289)

see notes

5. Mental disorders (290-319)


see notes

6. Diseases of the nervous system and sense organs (320-389)








7. Diseases of the circulatory system (390-459)

8. Diseases of the respiratory system (460-519)


see notes

9. Diseases of the digestive system (520-579)

10. Diseases of the genitourinary system (580-629)







11. Complications of pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium (630-676)

12. Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (680-709)

13. Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (710-739)


see notes

14. Congenital anomalies (740-759)

15. Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (760-779)

see notes

16. Symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions (780-799)


see notes

17. Injury and poisoning (800-999)


see notes

Supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services (V01-V82)


see notes



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