Sometimes, you can’t help but wonder if dental mercury’s defenders operate on the belief that if you say something over and over and over and over and over and over again, repetition shall make it so:
But let’s pretend – just for a moment – that mercury amalgam is all that its defenders claim it is: strong, durable and completely safe when packed inside a tooth. Of course, this means also pretending that countless patients who have suffered illness related to their amalgams don’t really exist or were never really sick…or some other cold and insulting fiction.
Even if such a world existed, that amalgam would still be about 50% mercury and considered hazardous material anywhere outside human teeth. When removed, it’s considered toxic waste. And every year, 340 tons of it makes its way into the environment.
From there, it’s up the food chain – the much more concerning source of mercury than dental amalgam, according to the apologist above.
It’s not without reason that dental sources of mercury were addressed in the Minimata Convention, even if the recommended measures are weaker than ideal.
There are other more suitable, less toxic and equally durable alternatives to amalgam available. Considering all the risks – to patients, dental workers and our very planet – it seems only common sense to opt for those safer alternatives.