On 12 December 2016, a meeting of a large number of intern dentists held in Suryansh, Bhubaneswar, India urged mercury-free dentistry in their state.
A brief overview on mercury usage in dentistry in Odisha was presented by a dental professor. Toxic effects of mercury in environment were focused in on by the state head of UNDP. The national coordinator of the National Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry presented the progress and prospect of the issue in Asia. The journey of Odisha to be a model state of mercury free dentistry was also presented to the audience. Safer alternatives to dental amalgam are available and affordable nowadays, as highlighted in the meeting.