The Beginning of the End for Mercury in Dentistry

Posted by Ed 8 mths ago
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Two monumental advancements signal the beginning of the end for the use of mercury in dentistry worldwide.
The Fourth Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury agreed to amend the treaty March 25 to call for the end of the use of amalgam in deciduous teeth of children under 15 and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
According to Charlie Brown of Consumers for Dental Choice, the amendment will take effect Dec. 25.
Envista, the last publicly traded manufacturer of dental amalgam in the U.S., in the third quarter of 2021 stopped manufacturing amalgam products that may contain mercury.
Now that Evista has stopped manufacturing mercury fillings, and a worldwide position to stop the use of amalgam in children and pregnant and breastfeeding women has been adopted, the end of mercury dental fillings is near. 

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