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New UN Treaty on Mercury Requires Countries to Phase Down Dental Amalgam

Dental Amalgam

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  • The final mercury treaty session took place in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2013; the final treaty included important provisions to reduce and eliminate mercury pollution, one of them being a requirement for countries to phase down the use of dental amalgam (mercury fillings)
  • The provisions are in line with growing attitudes around the world, where phase-outs of mercury in dentistry have already occurred or have been recommended
  • Amalgams have been banned in several countries, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and largely in Japan; the European Union is also taking steps aimed at reducing mercury usage
  • Pollution and human exposures resulting from the use of dental amalgam have been linked to health risks, including diminishing intellectual capacity, disturbance of microbiological activity in soil, harm to wildlife populations and other destructive environmental effects

By Dr. Mercola

The momentum toward mercury-free dentistry is gaining speed and, it appears, may be set to become a reality in the 21st century.

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