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Dental amalgam

The use of dental amalgam is a topic of much controversy. Read more about the latest findings.

EU endorses amalgam ban in children and pregnant or breastfeeding women Dec 13, 2016 | News Europe

EU endorses amalgam ban in children and pregnant or breastfeeding women

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Union (EU) has provisionally agreed that dental amalgam fillings are to be banned for children under the age of 15 and for pregnant and breastfeeding women as of 1 July 2018. However, a general phasing out of dental fillings containing mercury is off the agenda for the time being. Instead, it is to be decided by 2020 whether the use of the material be stopped entirely by 2030.

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Dental fillings may contribute to increased levels of mercury in the body Oct 10, 2016 | News Americas

Dental fillings may contribute to increased levels of mercury in the body

ATHENS, Ga., USA: Although the potential adverse health effects of mercury have been the subject of debate for a long time, the extent to which dental ...

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Adapting for the phase-down of dental amalgam Aug 25, 2016 | News Europe

Adapting for the phase-down of dental amalgam

POZNAŃ, Poland: The FDI World Dental Federation is looking forward to welcoming congress-goers to the 2016 edition of its landmark World Oral Health Forum, ...

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Amalgam phase-out discussed at London meeting Jul 27, 2016 | News UK & Ireland

Amalgam phase-out discussed at London meeting

LONDON, UK: Limiting the use of amalgam in dentistry is a task that needs a combined effort by various actors in and outside of the health care sector, ...

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Interview: “The focus should be on maximum preservation of tooth structure” Apr 9, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Interview: “The focus should be on maximum preservation of tooth structure”

With the Minamata Convention on Mercury signed in 2013 and its proposed phase-out of mercury-containing products, including dental fillings, dentistry has entered a new era in which new and less harmful filling materials than amalgam are increasingly gaining importance. This year at IDEM, an entire symposium will be dedicated to that topic. Scientific programme director Dr David Alexander spoke with presenter Prof. Hien Ngo from the University of Queensland in Australia about the post-amalgam era ...

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Delegates meet to put global mercury agreement into force Mar 14, 2016 | News Middle East & Africa

Delegates meet to put global mercury agreement into force

AMMAN, Jordan: Over 550 representatives have gathered for the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC 7) in Jordan to finalise the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which is considered one of the most important legally binding international agreements on the use of mercury. It aims to implement measures to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The INC7 is the last meeting before the convention enters into force.

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Study finds high urinary mercury levels in children with amalgam fillings Feb 22, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

Study finds high urinary mercury levels in children with amalgam fillings

DAEGU, South Korea: Although equivalent alternatives have become available over the past decade, dental amalgam remains in use as a restorative material for dental caries in children in many countries. The safety of dental amalgam, however, is still a controversial issue among experts, as it has been associated with developmental disorders and systemic conditions. A Korean study has recently provided evidence that dental amalgam exposure can affect systemic mercury concentration in children.

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Alternative medicine used to cure amalgam-attributed health complaints Feb 1, 2016 | News Nordic

Alternative medicine used to cure amalgam-attributed health complaints

TROMSØ, Norway: Norwegian researchers have investigated the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in patients with health complaints attributed ...

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European Commission updates opinion on dental amalgam Jul 31, 2015 | News Europe

European Commission updates opinion on dental amalgam

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Many countries around the world, European countries in particular, have seen a shift away from the use of dental amalgam in oral health ...

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The rise and fall of mercury Jun 2, 2015 | News Americas

The rise and fall of mercury

When people hear the word "mercury" most think of the planet. There are many products that contain mercury, such as blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, batteries, and CFL light bulbs. There are processes that use mercury and produce mercury pollution, like coal fire plants, artisanal small-scale mining and chloralkali plants. However, the mercury that truly affects the global population, is the mercury that is implanted in billions of people’s teeth.

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Dental amalgam may be linked to psychological disorders Feb 17, 2015 | News Americas

Dental amalgam may be linked to psychological disorders

SILVER SPRING, Md., USA: The use and toxic risk of dental amalgam fillings is a subject of ongoing debate among health care experts. Now, a review conducted by a team of international researchers has provided new evidence that mercury exposure from dental amalgam may cause or contribute to many chronic illnesses, as well as depression, anxiety and suicide.

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Oceania countries to implement Minamata Convention on Mercury Jan 28, 2015 | News Asia Pacific

Oceania countries to implement Minamata Convention on Mercury

APIA, Samoa: The first subregional meeting on the Minamata Convention on Mercury in the Oceania region was held in Samoa’s capital, Apia, from 19 to 21 January. The workshop aimed to support Pacific islands in the early ratification of the convention and implementation of measures to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury.

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First Brazilian university to promote environmentally friendly disposal of dental amalgam Oct 8, 2014 | News Americas

First Brazilian university to promote environmentally friendly disposal of dental amalgam

NOVA FRIBURGO, Brazil: History was made at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Nova Friburgo, one of the largest universities in Brazil, with a ceremony ...

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New government regulation eyes mercury disposal by dental offices Sep 30, 2014 | News Americas

New government regulation eyes mercury disposal by dental offices

WASHINGTON, USA: Despite its known negative effects on the environment, tons of mercury derived from removed amalgam dental fillings end up in public wastewater ...

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Subregional meeting of Minamata Convention on Mercury held in Brazil Sep 17, 2014 | News Americas

Subregional meeting of Minamata Convention on Mercury held in Brazil

The recently held subregional meeting on the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Brasilia was an opportunity for the International Academy of Oral Medicine ...

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