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Immediate Ban on Dental Amalgam in the Philippines Pushed

Mercury Fillings

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  • Mercury vapor concentrations in certain Philippine dental institutions and dental stores exceeded the standard reference levels set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Some areas in dental institutions had mercury concentrations of >10,000 ng/m3, which is considered as the evacuation alert level by the US EPA
  • In the Philippines, mercury is supposed to be phased out of health care facilities by the end of 2016, but environmental groups are calling for an immediate ban to protect human health and the environment
  • Anyone who has mercury fillings in their mouth is at risk from the mercury vapors they release. However, dental practitioners are particularly vulnerable to mercury intoxication while working with this toxic substance

By Dr. Mercola

Last year, a legally binding international treaty to control the use of toxic mercury was signed into action. The treaty marked the beginning of the end for dental amalgam around the world, as it mandates that each nation phase down amalgam use.

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