In regard to mercury amalgam (silver) fillings, dentistry is heading in a new direction and more and more dentists are rethinking the use and safety of these fillings. In 2008 it was estimated that 52% of all general dentists no longer placed amalgams in their patients' teeth. While we believe the majority stopped doing so because they no longer felt amalgam was a good filling material, it does provide insight into the future of amalgam fillings. While it is clear that dentistry will eventually be Mercury Free . . . is just being Mercury Free enough? The answer is NO!
Not placing amalgam is beneficial to everyone involved but, as you'll learn, it's no longer enough to just be a Mercury Free Practice. We know that significant amounts of mercury vapor are released when an amalgam is placed but extraordinarily large amounts are released when it is unsafely removed. Thus, not placing amalgams and referring to your practice as being Mercury Free is a step in the right direction . . . and while an important step . . . it is only the first one. Why? Because being Mercury Free does not make your practice Mercury Safe!
Because the amount of mercury vapor released when a filling is unsafely removed far exceeds the minimal levels set by every governmental regulatory agency (including OSHA), it becomes imperative for you to take the necessary steps to protect the patient, yourself and your staff, and the environment from mercury vapor during the removal procedure. The only way you can effectively minimize exposure to mercury vapor at the dental office, protect yourself, your staff, your patients and the environment, is to make sure your office is both Mercury Free and Mercury Safe!
"Mercury is a Powerful Poison: Learn How to Protect Yourself, Your Staff, Your Patients' and the Environment."
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