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 …

FDA’s “Final” Mercury Amalgam Ruling Effectively on Hold, New Panel to Discuss Issues in December

Crystian Cruz/Flickr   On June 11, the Food and Drug Administration effectively put on hold its rule declaring mercury–containing dental fillings to be safe for the entire population, in response to several “petitions to reconsider,” including one filed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). The Final Rule classifying dental mercury and dental …

House Hears of Dental Mercury Ending Up in Fish

So now there’s a renewed call for stricter regulation of how dentists deal with mercury waste – according to the Mercury Policy Project, the greatest source of mercury pollution in wastewater.   AGrinberg/Flickr   Of course, the surest way to deal with it is to just not generate it in the first place. Considering how …

Philly Board of Health Says Neurological Warnings about Mercury Fillings Must Stay

Just received the good word from Consumers for Dental Choice that Philadelphians will continue to be informed about the dangers of mercury amalgam fillings. Victory in Philadelphia!We foil dental association attempt to remove neurological warnings from city fact sheet In a ringing defeat for the American Dental Association, the Philadelphia Board of Health rejected the …

Tell the White House: Getting the Truth about Dental Mercury Should Be a Scientific Priority

We just received an email alert about how the White House is seeking input on what the nation’s national scientific and technological priorities should be. In light of last year’s FDA ruling on mercury amalgam safety – a ruling tainted by conflicts of interest – those on the forefront of the fight against dental mercury …

Talking About Mercury Amalgam Fillings…

One of the great ironies of life is that as our sense of safety increases, we often wind up taking more risks. For instance, as football helmets have been modified over the years, play has gotten rougher and more concussions occur. As sportswriter Dave Zirin put it in an interview on Democracy Now!, “Ironically, the …

Mercury Fillings…or Else

Following up on last week’s alert from Charlie Brown on the Pennsylvania Dental Society’s approval of denying routine dental care to disabled children whose parents don’t consent to their kids getting mercury fillings… This, of course, isn’t the only appearance of such “mercury or else” attitudes. For instance, while pregnant women without insurance in Oklahoma …