Last year, the European Union adopted a regulation banning amalgam use for children under age 15, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers beginning 1 July 2018. Now that day is here!
With the EU’s partial amalgam ban officially in effect, we are seeing some immediate changes in that region, including:
- News articles are raising awareness about the mercury in amalgam – so everyone will know the truth about their so-called “silver fillings.”
- Government guidance is telling UK dentists not to use amalgam in the most vulnerable populations.
- The German government is working to revise its national insurance to account for the increased use of mercury-free fillings.
The impact of this regulation is being felt well beyond the EU – we’re seeing worldwide movement:
- A United Nations Environment-World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry co-sponsored workshop was dedicated to discussing the end of amalgam use in “women, children, and through them, future generations.”
- Our team worldwide is pushing to end amalgam use in all children (as an effective intermediate step toward ending its use in everybody).
- 50+ organizations signed onto the Chicago Declaration to End Dental Industry Mercury Use calling on the United States to, among other action steps, match the European Union by ending amalgam use in children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers in 2018, based on the precautionary principle.
Now is the time to end the use of mercury dental fillings in all children – just like the EU did.