There once was a time when nearly all dentists made their “silver” fillings with mercury amalgam. Today, about half of all US dentists are mercury-free. Several countries around the world have already banned or are phasing down use of this toxic material.
And now, the European Union as a whole has agreed to a partial ban.
Proving that placing mercury in mouths is hard to defend, three major institutions that play a role in establishing EU regulations have reached a provisional agreement to partially ban dental amalgam use. As of July 1, 2018, mercury will be
- Banned from use in children under the age of 15-years.
- Banned from use in pregnant women.
- Banned from use in breastfeeding women.
The agreement also requires each Member State to devise a national plan by July 1, 2019 for how it will reduce amalgam use in other areas. It also calls for the European Commission to report by mid-2020 on the feasibility of phasing out dental amalgam all together.
According to the World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry, the EU is the largest user of dental mercury in the world ay 90 tonnes of mercury per year. (That’s almost 100 US tons!) This dental mercury pollutes Europe’s air via cremation, dental clinic emissions, and sludge incineration. It also pollutes Europe’s water via dental clinic releases and human waste, and its soil via landfills, burials, and fertilizer.
This kind of pollution isn’t unique to Europe. We face the same in here in the US – which is why believe it’s high time to end the use of this toxic relic material. Modern, mercury-free alternatives are far superior, more biocompatible, environmentally-friendly, and cost effective.
If you’re not in Europe or one of the groups who will benefit from this landmark decision, take note: If mercury is toxic for some, it’s toxic for all. Demand your choice. Find a mercury-free dentist who practices safe amalgam removal and is properly trained in choosing and using biocompatible materials.
After all, time changes everything – and it appears that, finally, the times, they are a-changing.