A coalition of 50 environmental, public health, and children’s rights groups called for an end to dental amalgam in American children, and for a two-year general phase-out of its use in the United States. Supporters include many major national nonprofit groups, including Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Health Care Without Harm, Clean Water Action, Consumers for Dental Choice, and Learning Disabilities Association of America.
The Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) in association with Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) organized a press briefing on March 10, 2018, where BDS declared “Mercury dental amalgam should not be used in the treatment of pregnant women, nursing mother and children after June, 2018.” Continue reading
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.
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.”
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!