Countries around the world have been trying to get amalgam fillings banned for years...and the fight to achieve this goes on. Here you will find what is going on in some countries around the world:



 



January 1997 Sweden prohibited the use of Amalgam after it was found that 250,000 Swedes have immune and other disorders caused directly by the Mercury in their Amalgam dental fillings.

Since the health insurance stopped paying for amalgam restorations in Sweden in 1999, the use has decreased markedly and is now estimated to be 2-5% of all fillings.


 

 

 

 

 


 

As from 1st April 2008, amalgam fillings have been banned in Denmark following the way of Norway. Teeth will have to be mended with plastic or ceramics. Exceptions to use amalgam may be granted for a certain period after the ban, if dentists apply for it.

Danish officials indicate that the reason for banning amalgam is also because composites have become better, and may now be used in many more situations than a few years ago.

The Danish Minister of Health, Jakob Axel Nielen has said "Composite fillings have now become to strong that the Danish National Board of Health says that we can expand the ban to also include amalgam fillings".


 

 





In 1991 the German Dental Association were instructed by the German Health Ministry NOT to place Amalgam into the mouths of children, pregnant women or people suffering with kidney disease. In 1993 this was extended to include ALL women of childbearing age, pregnant or not.

At present Germany is well ahead of other countries in it's stance on Amalgam. One company producing Amalgam, Degussa, recently had a law suit filed against it but decided to settle out of court. It agreed to pay 1,200,000DM to the University of Munich for research into the pathological effects of amalgam. There have been around 1,500 "civil complaints" against Amalgam manufacturers for injuring the lives of dental patients and the Prosecutor in Frankfurt believes that there is sufficient evidence to go ahead with the case against the manufacturers of Amalgam.

 



 




    

In Dental students are no longer required to produce amalgam fillings specifically.

 








 



On 31st May 2002 it was announced on British radio that the Norwegian Directorate of Health and Social Welfare would be sending out new guidelines for use of dental materials within a few weeks and expected them to take effect from 1st January 2003. The Director of the Norwegian Directorate of Health and Social Welfare was interviewed and he said that the health authorities in Norway now recommended that dentists no longer use Amalgam on their patients. He said that the new guidelines would be based on newer research that reveals how Mercury leaks from the Amalgam fillings into the mouths of patients. The announcement was called a "turn-about" by Norwegian radio. The current President of the Norwegian Dental Association was also interviewed and he said that the N.D.A. was satisfied that the new guidelines stop short of a full ban on Amalgam fillings and that freedom of choice is still possible. The current president of the N.D.A. works in an Amalgam-free dental practice and has not used Amalgam for many years.

Following on from this, on January 1st 2008 Norway
BANNED the use of mercury
in EVERYTHING including dental fillings. Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project said "These bans clearly indicate that amalgam is no longer needed. There are viable non-mercury filling substitutes that are used every day in the US. By eliminating amalgam use, which is 50% mercury, we can reduce mercury pollution much more efficiently than end-of-the-pipeline solutions.





 

Health Canada considers that dental amalgam is safe for most Canadians. Medical materials are governed under the Health Protection Branch and as yet, it has not issued any warnings concerning mercury fillings.

The department advises that people with "impaired kidney function" or who have neurological conditions should consider alternative composite fillings.  Also, pregnant women and those with allergies to metals may want to delay any dental work using mercury. People who have braces fitted should try to avoid having mercury-silver amalgams in their teeth because of fears the different metals in the mouth could interact with one another causing galvanisation (the battery affect).

Health Canada's position is based on a 1995 report, "Assessment of Mercury Exposure and Risks from Dental Amalgam," at which point the department concluded "the key toxicological studies available did not provide a reliable quantification of mercury vapour exposure.

The Canadian Dental Association is urging more federal government research on the issue. The association stands behind the amalgam, saying "significant evidence of patient risk associated with its use has not been demonstrated."

The association urges patients to discuss the matter with their dentist. But Dr. Brian Kucey of the alberta Dental Association says: "It's the Every Man filling. Currently there is still no material that can do the same job with the same degree of safety as the silver amalgam."

Consumer groups want dentists to:

 

  1. tell their patients what options they have for fillings

  2. give the patients all the information they need to make an informed choice

  3. provide patients with a consent form to sign

 

The alternatives to mercury-silver amalgam include a gold alloy (much more expensive), composite fillings or ceramic inlays. These are harder to work with and may be less durable...but are SAFE!

Dr. Dorothy McComb, head of restorative dentistry at the University of Toronto, says her school teaches students to offer their patients a choice. Patients are given information on composite resins and mercury fillings.

"A lot of patients distrust the establishment view and we now have better composites than we did 20 years ago. So we're now at a point where we can offer the choice."
 

 



Canadians for Mercury Relief was started in 1996 when a group of anti-mercury patients decided to band together.

CFMR launched legal action in 1998 to "seek compensation on behalf of Canadians who had mercury amalgams installed without knowing the risk associated with these fillings and also to seek compensation for the many thousands of Canadians who are suffering ill effects from mercury poisoning." The suit represented more than 8,000 patients from across Canada.

On March 31, 1998, legal action was filed against dental manufacturing company Dentsply International and its Canadian division, Johnson & Johnson, and Health Canada.

Dentsply and Health Canada filed to have the case dismissed in the Autumn of 1998. Dentsply withdrew its motion and Health Canada's motion was dismissed.

The case is in limbo right now. In late 1999, Health Canada, Johnson & Johnson, and Dentsply applied for a summary judgement motion. If the motion is granted, both sides submit their arguments to a judge, who renders a decision. So far, there has been no decision on the motion.


 




Although the Canadian Dental Association advocates the use of mercury fillings, a separate group of dentists created its own organization in 1985: the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology...IAOMT.

The IAOMT is a non-profit organization that funds peer-reviewed scientific research in toxic substances used in dentistry. It DOES NOT support the use of mercury in dental fillings.

IAOMT has spawned branches in Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, the U.S., Germany, France, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.

 





 

In March 2001 the University of Calgary did a study which once again raised concerns about mercury vapours.

Scientists added low concentrations of mercury to the brain neurons of snails. They found that parts of the neuron broke down and split off, preventing the neurons from functioning properly. Neurons are required to transmit information in the brain. Mercury appeared to interfere with the skeletal-like structure of neurons.

The study concluded small amounts of mercury exposure can be a factor in causing the brain to degenerate, much like Alzheimer's disease.





 





 

Although the American Dental Association insists that Amalgam is completely safe, the various states in the USA have different views on the matter of using Amalgam in dental fillings.

In Augusta, Maine a lot is happening...in August 2001 a milestone was reached:

 



 

Augusta, Maine - August 23, 2001

Maine Governor Angus King today signed the most advanced bill in the United states requiring dentists to inform their patients that amalgam dental fillings contain a large percentage of the toxic element mercury, which can be harmful to the wearer's health.

In his preliminary remarks before signing the bill, Gov. King noted that Maine has probably taken more action to get mercury out of the air and water than any other state in the union. "And yet we all carry it around in our mouths," he remarked.

Senate President Michael Michaud spearheaded the bill and Representatives Joanne Twoomey and Steven Stanley, all of whom were present, spoke at the signing. Consumer advocates Pam Anderson and Dr. Tom Anderson, a mercury-free dentist from Houlton, ME, who led grassroots support for the bill, participated in the ceremony as well.

Senate President Michaud cited the courage of the many individuals who testified on behalf of the bill, especially the dentists who came forward to endorse it despite the opposition of the American Dental Association. "We hope that the U.S. will take Maine's lead and move forward with legislation at the national level," he said.

The bill mandates that every dentist's office will feature a poster and a brochure informing patients about the presence of mercury in amalgam fillings and about its negative health effects.

Scientific research has shown that dental amalgam is the chief source of mercury in the human body. For that reason Rep. Twoomey described the bill as a major step forward for women of childbearing age and for children, who receive their first exposure to mercury in the womb and from their mother's breast milk. Mercury has been implicated in neurological disorders of children such as autism and ADD/ADHD, and in fertility problems in women.

"We are delighted that this bill has been signed," said Rep. Stanley. It is a major step forward to protect the health of Maine citizens."

Pam Anderson added that the group hopes Maine's next step would be to ban the use of dental amalgam in all women of childbearing age and in children.

Other participants in the press conference were Kathleen McGee, Director of the Maine Toxic Action Coalition; Maine DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome) Co-ordinator Marjorie Monteleone, and New Hampshire DAMS Co-ordinator Rosie Cronen; representatives from the Maine People's Alliance, the Maine Citizens for Affordable Health Care, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Dr. Gerald Vermette, mercury-free dentist; Rosemary Fecteau, Ph.D., whose husband died of mercury toxicity from his dental fillings; Charles Brown, attorney for the national organisation Consumers for Dental Choice; and New York City DAMS Co-ordinator Dr. Lydia Bronte, author of a widely respected book, THE MERCURY IN YOUR MOUTH: The Truth About "Silver" Dental Fillings.

"The public is being deceived by the terminology used for these fillings," said Charles Brown in his remarks. "The ADA calls them "silver" fillings, but they are really MERCURY fillings. If people knew the principal ingredient is mercury they would not want these fillings in their teeth."

Gov. King compared the current use of mercury in dental fillings with the 1950's use in shoe stores of powerful x-ray machines called fluoroscopes, which exposed hundreds of thousands of adults and children to high doses of toxic x-rays. "Every child who went into the shoe store to buy new shoes would put his feet into the fluoroscope so the bones could be seen," King recalled. "People who worked in the store were exposed to the radiation all day; children played games around the machine. Now we realise it was a terrible thing to do, but then it seemed perfectly normal. Some day we will wonder how we could ever have put such a toxic substance into the human mouth."



 



On the 9 October 2002 the Food and Drug Administration, the organisation that regulates both prescription drugs and other devices including  dental Amalgam classified dental Amalgam as a Class III device, which means it must be proven SAFE before it is allowed to be used. The ADA (American Dental Association) still insist that Amalgam is safe. The ADA have NEVER gained the approval of the FDA!!! The FDA do not have any authority over the ADA!







 

Here in the UK, although the government will not admit the hazard of Mercury Amalgam fillings, the NHS have advised their dentists as from 29th April 1998  not to place or remove amalgam fillings in the mouths of pregnant women.

 

 

 



 



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