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Dental and Oral Health Center

Broken thermometer

11/28/2007

Question:

I was taking my own personal temperature and the thermometer broke in my mouth. I spit out beads of silver. Is this mercury? Am I in danger?

Answer:

Probably not.  If you have experienced no ill effects yet, you are probably fine.

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Response by:

David Lee Hall, DDS David Lee Hall, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University