Toward mercury-free dentistry

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Dental amalgam is a tooth filling material that is approximately 50% mercury, a highly polluting neurotoxin.  Today, countries around the world are phasing out the use of amalgam … and phasing up the use of mercury-free alternatives.

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry is pleased to work with governments and organizations to phase down amalgam use in every region. Learn about progress toward mercury-free dentistry in the posts below.  If you need assistance in your region, please contact us.

Berlin Declaration challenges EU to end amalgam use by 2022

A call to phase out mercury use in dentistry by 2022 in the European Union has been made by health and environmental NGOs.

Mercury is currently used in dental amalgam in fillings and is easily replaceable. Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin which can damage the nervous, renal and cardiovascular systems.

Given that dental amalgam is 50 per cent mercury, the Minamata Convention on Mercury requires each participating nation to reduce its use.

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Making dental amalgam history at COP1

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry is urging the nations of the Minamata Convention on Mercury to make dental amalgam history!

At the first conference of the parties (COP1), the World Alliance launched its new “Make Dental Amalgam History” campaign, a step-by-step plan to phase out the use of dental amalgam.  It complements the theme of the parties to the Convention, which is “Make mercury history.”

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The Minamata Convention goes into force in 90 days!

The European Union and seven of its member states (Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden) ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, thereby providing the last of the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force.  The Minamata Convention will now come into force in 90 days, on 16 August 2017.

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry salutes the work of the nations, the government officials, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the NGO leaders whose work led to this great achievement: the first major convention on toxins in the 21st century!

NGO appeals to government for mercury-free healthcare in India

Toxics Link, a leading environmental NGO, has appealed to the Indian government to issue a blanket ban on the use of mercury in the healthcare sector – including dentistry.

As quoted in the press, Toxics Link Associate Director Satish Sinha said, “There is an urgent need to rollout a robust public awareness campaign to educate consumers and healthcare workers, including addressing disposal of mercury waste. Toxics Link urges the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to institute a blanket ban on the use of mercury in the health sector and to facilitate the movement towards safer alternatives.”  Continue reading

European NGOs call on dentists to ban mercury fillings for children immediately

European NGOs are calling on dentists to implement immediately the upcoming ban on mercury dental fillings for children and pregnant women.

Yesterday, the EU Council adopted the revised mercury regulation, including a partial ban on mercury in dentistry on the back of huge support from the European Parliament who voted in favour of the proposals 663 to 8. The proposals, supported by the Parliament, included a partial ban on amalgam in dentistry as it is 50 per cent mercury.  Continue reading