UNEP and World Alliance urge phase down of dental amalgam use at INC7

UNEP-World-Alliance-side-event-INC7UNEP and the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry urge governments around the world to phase down dental amalgam use at a side event during INC7 in Dead Sea, Jordan.

UNEP and World Alliance jointly organized the side event, entitled “Implementing Successful Strategies to Phase Down Amalgam Use,” to highlight effective steps governments can take to move toward mercury-free dentistry. Speakers highlighted World Alliances Mercury-Free Dentistry initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Continue reading

Toward mercury-free dentistry

INC 7 group photo cropped

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.

Minamata Convention signed, signaling rapid end of dental amalgam

at the signing of the Minamata Convention 2013A new global legally binding treaty on mercury, signed today in Minamata, Japan, means “dental amalgam is neither appropriate nor practical in the 21st century,” said Charlie Brown, president, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry.  “Mercury fillings – amalgam is 50% mercury – has no future, on any continent.”

The treaty gives special attention to amalgam. It both mandates that each nation phase down amalgam use, and prescribes what steps should be taken.  Countries must do at least two of these phase down steps, which include: Continue reading

Expected mercury treaty draws praise from consumer, dental, and environmental groups

WAMFD Team at INC5 2“This is the beginning of the end of dental amalgam globally,” said Michael T. Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project, a US-based NGO, who is attending the mercury treaty talks. “We applaud the leadership role the US played in jump-starting support for a phase down in 2011 along with the concrete steps of the Nordic countries, Switzerland and Japan in phasing out amalgam.” Continue reading