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EPA Dental Effluent Guidelines

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated their dental effluent guidelines in 2017. Amalgam separators are now required pretreatment standards to reduce discharges of mercury from dental offices into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs).  EPA expects compliance with this final rule will annually reduce the discharge of mercury by 5.1 tons as well as 5.3 [...]

EPA Dental Effluent Guidelines2018-01-19T17:00:13+00:00

Mercury Hygiene in Dental Clinics

This article from the IAOMT offers an overview of occupational hazards of dental mercury and pertinent U.S. regulations. Because of daily exposures to dental mercury in their breathing zone during the placement, cleaning, polishing, removal, and other practices involving amalgam fillings, dentists, dental staff, and dental students are exposed to mercury at a greater rate [...]

Mercury Hygiene in Dental Clinics2018-01-19T14:41:25+00:00

Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique

On July 1, 2016, the IAOMT protocol recommendations were officially renamed as the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART), and a training course for IAOMT dentists to become certified in SMART was initiated. Scientific research demonstrates that dental mercury amalgam exposes dental professionals, dental staff, dental patients, and fetuses to releases of mercury vapor, mercury-containing [...]

Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique2018-01-19T14:36:55+00:00

Dental Waste Management: Recommended Best Solutions

By: Griffin Cole, DDS, NMD As many of us know, the issue of mercury discharges from amalgam waste impacts nearly every dental office.   Research in the United States and other countries has repeatedly demonstrated that dental offices play a significant role in releasing mercury into the environment.  Furthermore, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [...]

Dental Waste Management: Recommended Best Solutions2018-01-19T14:26:12+00:00

The Dentist’s Health: Evaluating Occupational Risks From The Use Of Amalgam

By David Kennedy, DDS, and Amanda Just; 2013 Every occupation exposes workers to chronic conditions and situations that have an impact on overall health. For example, violin players and other musicians are known to suffer high rates of carpal tunnel syndrome (a musculoskeletal injury) due to the repetitive hand movements and positioning often used when [...]

The Dentist’s Health: Evaluating Occupational Risks From The Use Of Amalgam2018-01-19T14:14:26+00:00

Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings

The mercury free dentists of the world have been acutely aware of the potential for excess exposure to mercury when removing amalgam fillings, and have devised a number of strategies for reducing the amount of mercury exposure to both patients and dental staff during amalgam removal. Supplies mentioned in this article can be purchased through [...]

Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings2018-01-20T21:34:24+00:00

Duplinsky 2012: The Health Status of Dentists Exposed to Mercury from Silver Amalgam Tooth Restorations

International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research, 2012, 1, 1-15 Thomas G. Duplinsky 1,* and Domenic V. Cicchetti 2 1 Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, USA 2 Child Study Center and Departments of Biometry and Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, USA Abstract: The authors employed pharmacy utilization data to evaluate the [...]

Duplinsky 2012: The Health Status of Dentists Exposed to Mercury from Silver Amalgam Tooth Restorations2018-02-01T13:53:06+00:00

Dental Mercury

In addition to the articles catalogued here, the IAOMT has other materials about dental mercury. Click the button below to access the additional articles. Additional Mercury Articles

Dental Mercury2018-01-19T13:54:00+00:00