Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Mercury-Containing Dental Fillings - Health and Environmental Concerns

Dental amalgam. You might also know these as mercury containing dental fillings. I've got them, you've got them, we've all got them. Yesterday there was a bit of a brouhaha over them in a hearing in Washington DC, Dental Industry Gets An Earful On Mercury. The hearing considered whether dentists should be required to keep pieces of fillings from getting into public wastewater, using special equipment. In any event, the hearing created opportunities for legislators to attack the dental industry on the purported health risks of having mercury-containing fillings in your mouth, and the ramifications of mercury getting into wastewater. If you're interested in the health risk aspect of this, I recommend this page on the FDA's website, Questions and Answers on Dental Amalgam. On a personal closing note, I rotted my teeth on childhood candy, resulting in amalgams in all my teeth; thankfully now, I have a mouthful of caps and crowns, and only one remaining amalgam.

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