EPA Ruling to Reduce Mercury from Dental Offices That Gets into Our Water Systems and Bodies (too bad they didn’t just ban the use of mercury!)

amalgam fillingsThe EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) released a proposal to eliminate mercury pollution from dentist offices nationwide. They claim “this proposed rule would cut mercury and toxic metal discharges to public wastewater systems by at least 8.8 tons a year nationwide”. Read the proposal here…

Do you think it makes any sense that we are putting tons of mercury in people’s mouths in the form of “silver” fillings (amalgams)?  That mercury gets into your blood stream each time you chew or drink hot liquids.  If you are a woman of child bearing age, that mercury is poison to your unborn child or any future children you would carry.

They mention about half the mercury that enters our rivers comes from dental offices and is converted to methyl mercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in fish, shell fish, and fish-eating animals.

Do you eat fish?  Then you are eating very high doses of the highly toxic methyl-mercury.  Mercury is a toxin known to affect brain development and is especially dangerous during pregnancy when the baby’s brain is developing.

The EPA is accepting public comments on the proposal for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register, and plans to finalize the rule in September 2015.

For more information, read here…

 

Dr. Paul

 

 

 

2 comments

  • Dan T.

    Dr. Thomas,

    I am passionate about this topic both for the health of my own family and because I am a design engineer for a dental equipment manufacturer. Everyone understands mercury based fillings (amalgam) are bad for your health. What most people don’t understand is that the composite fillings, the lovely tooth colored plastic that everyone thinks is safe is actually heavily laden with Bisphenol A (BPA). I actually have colleagues that have had all mercury fillings removed and replaced with composite only to be disappointed when they find later that they are full of BPA.

    So what can we do? I researched BPA free composite filling material and yes it does exist. The last time my wife had a filling I called the dental office to request BPA free composite and unfortunately, they didn’t even know of its existence. The question sparked interest of the dentist enough that he was able to find this material and use it for the first time during this procedure – with no additional cost.

    I encourage those that want BPA fillings to request the Venus Diamond Flow product shown at the bottom of this ECODentistry webpage: http://www.ecodentistry.org/?BPA_Free

    I will now step down from my soap box.

    Dan

  • Thanks for that link and information. I was aware of the BPA issue, but felt BPA to be the lesser of the two evils. I’m delighted to know about this other alternative (hopefully they don’t end up finding it has a worse toxin!)

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