Scientists recommend mercury-free fillings for children and pregnant women

Close-up of little boy opening his mouth during dental checkup

For the first time, the European Commission’s scientific committee on health is recommending the use of mercury-free dental fillings instead of amalgam for children’s baby teeth and in pregnant patients.

In its final opinion on amalgam, the European Union government’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) concluded that “it can be recommended that for the first treatment of primary teeth in children and for pregnant patients, alternative materials to amalgam should be the first choice.” Additionally, “use of amalgam restorations is not indicated in primary teeth, in patients with mercury allergies, and persons with chronic kidney diseases with decreased renal clearance.” Continue reading

88% of European public supports phasing out amalgam use

European teamThe European Union government asked the general public to comment on how to fulfill the EU’s obligations under the Minamata Convention. The European Commission launched an online public consultation that asked EU citizens: Should we phase down amalgam use…or should we phase out amalgam use? Now the results are in!  And the people of the European Union voted to….phase out amalgam use!

This was no close vote.  In fact, 88% of respondents voted to phase out amalgam. (That’s 3162 out of 3586 voters, which is a lot of participation for a public consultation in the EU!)  Of all the amalgam phase down measures listed in the Minamata Convention, promoting the use of mercury-free alternatives received the most support.  Merely restricting amalgam to its encapsulated form received the least public support.