Phase out dental amalgam by 2020, demand NGOs

source :The Asian Age News

A number of NGOs included BaliFokus have urged the governments of Asian countries to phase out mercury dental amalgam by 2020. They expressed concern about the harmful impact of amalgam to environment and public health. A joint deceleration by Asian center for Environmental Health made the call recently. They said, "People, especially the women and children of Asia have a basic human right to mercury-free dental care and a mercury-free environment- which is an integral part of the global action needed to implement the Minamata Convention of mercury." In a press statement, president of the World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry, Charles G. Brown hoped that Asian Government and the dentists would come forward for phasing down dental amalgam use.Mercury dental amalgam or 'Silver filling' is a silver-colored material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It is made of 50% mercury, 35% silver and 13% tin, nearly .2% copper and <0.1% zinc and other trace metals. This amalgam, in widespread use for over 150 years, is one of the oldest materials used in oral health care. Alarmingly, mercury is also one of the ten chemicals of major public health concern that WHO prioritizes.

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