April 2, 2013
Consumers for Dental Choice
applauds Dr. Oz for raising public awareness about dental mercury in the groundbreaking episode
"Are Your Silver Fillings making You Sick?"
. The consumer group, which leads the international campaign for mercury-free dentistry, calls on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to keep the promise it made in
to make an announcement on amalgam by the end of that year
[minute 3:14, et seq., on video].
Dental amalgam is a primitive filling material that contains 50% mercury. But according to
, over 76% of dental consumers do not know that amalgam is primarily mercury. A significant percentage believes amalgam is mainly silver, as in "silver fillings" – the misleading term still commonly used.
"We commend Dr. Oz and his guests for explaining the serious problem of mercury in dental amalgam," says
, national counsel, Consumers for Dental Choice. "Now it is time for FDA to step up and do
job: educate the public about the risks of dental amalgam – especially for children and pregnant women."
, an FDA science advisory panel repeatedly warned about the risks of using amalgam in children and pregnant women. The panelists told FDA there is
"no place for mercury in children."
both issued warnings against using amalgam in children and pregnant women over a decade ago.
ban the use of amalgam.
September 22, 2011
, Director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, promised that FDA would act in response to the panel's warnings: "We will by the end of the year, we will make an announcement." There was never any announcement. Fully 450 days after
its own self-imposed deadline,
FDA has done nothing to protect children and pregnant women from dental mercury.
"It is heartbreaking that today - in 2013 - mercury is still used to fill some children's teeth," said
Richard D. Fischer
. "How any informed health care practitioner might dismiss the risks that mercury poses to a child's developing central nervous system is baffling."
SOURCE Consumers for Dental Choice