Why the Dental Establishment Likes the Global Mercury Treaty

Last month, the Minimata Convention on Mercury – intended to reduce mercury use and emissions around the world – was officially launched. The 140 nations involved now have a year to sign the treaty, which includes provisions for a “phase-down” of dental amalgam. Considering that both the American Dental Association (ADA) and British Dental Association […]

EPA to Crack Down on Mercury Amalgam Waste

AGrinberg/Flickr Earlier this week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plan to propose a rule requiring all dentists to separate mercury from all amalgam waste – something currently recommended by the EPA but only required in 12 states and a handful of cities. The measure aims to reduce the amount of mercury entering […]

How the Status Gets Quo

Last week, we wrote a bit about the ADA and its founding principle of mercury-based dentistry. This got us thinking about the common refrain of pro-mercury dentists: “Mercury fillings have been used for more than 150 years! How could you even think to question their safety?!” This brought to mind a poem about doing things […]

“Who Made the ADA the Authority in Dentistry?”

Check out the American Dental Association’s mission statement: The ADA is the professional association of dentists committed to the public’s oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement; leading a unified profession through initiatives in advocacy, education, research and the development of standards. They also have a vision statement: The American Dental Association: The oral health […]

Little Proof that Fluoride Is Effective for Kids 6 and Under, Says New JADA Study

Groups like the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry just love fluoride, claiming that it is “effective” in preventing tooth decay. But thanks to a new review commissioned by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and published in their own journal, JADA, when it comes to children, they may need to start […]

The FDA’s 180: Be Concerned about Mercury in Dental Amalgam Fillings

From the San Jose Mercury News: Two years ago, Dr. David Biles videotaped a string of patients in his Santa Cruz dental office talking about what happened after he removed their mercury amalgam fillings. All of them reported they felt healthier; they said symptoms such as pain, high blood pressure and bleeding gums went away. […]