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Dental amalgam

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

Global mercury treaty to be put into force May 23, 2017 | News Europe

Global mercury treaty to be put into force

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Union, together with seven of its member states, has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury and resultantly provided the clinching votes needed to bring it into force. The international agreement aims to protect both humans and the environment from the negative effects of mercury and mercury compounds, and its ratification is seen as a crucial step in achieving this.

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Concerns regarding filling materials owing to high incidence of caries in India May 12, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Concerns regarding filling materials owing to high incidence of caries in India

NEW DELHI, India: The World Health Organization (WHO) considers mercury as one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern. Mercury is used ...

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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 ...

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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, which will take place on 9 September in Pavilion 1 at its 2016 Annual World Dental Congress in Poznań. Titled “Are you ready for amalgam phase-down? How the Minamata Convention impacts your dental practice”, the forum will seek to flesh out the challenges and opportunities of the phase-down and focus on appropriate responses.

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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, the organisers of a meeting of 50 senior oral leaders in London have agreed. However, by phasing down the material, the profession will have a rare opportunity for more prevention-focused oral health care in the future, they said.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 to former dental amalgam fillings. All study participants had reported persistent health problems—similar to those in patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms—even after having all fillings removed.

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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 care and an increase in the use of alternative materials over the past years. The European Commission recently acknowledged this trend and published an updated version of its opinion on the safety of dental amalgam and alternative restoration materials.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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