• Mercury Dental Amalgam

last modified July 1, 2016 by strypey


Claims and Counter-Claims about the Effects of Mercury in Dental Amalgam

 

Health Effects of Dental Mercury Amalgam

1. The onus is on mercury amalgam supporters to prove it is safe - the precautionary principle applies 1.The onus is on mercury amalgam opponents to conclusively prove mercury amalgam is dangerous before it's use is discontinued
2. Dental patients are entitled to be informed about the potential risks of mercury amalgam so they can give informed consent ­ 2. Dental patients do not need to be panicked by being told about risks of mercury amalgam, and if they ask can be pacified with prepared information claiming mercury amalgam is safe 
3. Mercury vapour from dental amalgam causes toxic poisoning.

1995 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology­­ journal editorial

2005 Review of studies by Mutter et al, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Healthcare (Germany)

2007 'Smoking Tooth' video - International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology

2008 USA National Health Federation website article: Dr. George J Georgiou, Ph.D.,DSc (AM).,N.D.,MSc.,BSc­- cites numerous peer-reviewed studies and articles
3. There is insufficient evidence that dental amalgam causes any health problems - New Zealand Dental Association, from their 'Statement on Dental Amalgam'

2005 Life Sciences Research Office

2006 Journal of the American Medical Association
4. World Health Organization states that amalgam is the greatest source of mercury contamination in humans after industrial exposure, and their policy is to phase out the use of mercury in all medical applications.

2005 'Mercury in Health Care' policy paper, Department of Protection of the Human Environment

4. Current World Health Policy supports "the use of dental amalgam as safe and effective." - New Zealand Dental Association, from their 'Statement on Dental Amalgam'

5. Dentists and other oral health workers are poisoned by mercury amalgam

 5. Dentist and other oral health workers do not have higher levels of mercury than the general population

6. Amalgam fillings can cause cancer.
6. Amalgam fillings cannot cause cancer

Removal of Dental Amalgam Fillings

 1. Removal of amalgam fillings leads to improvements in a range of chronic illnesses

2005 Review of studies by Mutter et al, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Healthcare (Germany)

 1. There is no evidence that removal of amalgam has any health benefits

2006, Quackwatch website article: Stephen Barret, M.D - cites numerous peer-reviewed studies and articles

2. Many responsible dentists offer amalgam removal, along with a balanced presentation of the issues as they see them.
2. All dentists who offer amalgam removal are scaremongering frauds who offer risky, incompetent procedures

Points of Interest

  • The Eco Dentistry Association notes that dental practices need amalgam separators to keep mercury from being flushed out with their waste water