Mercury from fillings in your teeth can’t go down public sewers anymore, EPA rules

Gregg Gordon | December 19, 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has adopted a rule to require dentists, whose treatment of tooth decay with mercury compounds has sent the toxic substance into public sewers for decades, to contain their discharges by early 2020. On Friday, the day after EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the final [...]

Basu 2013: Ecogenetics of Mercury

ECOGENETICS OF MERCURY: FROM GENETIC POLYMORPHISMS AND EPIGENETICS TO RISK ASSESSMENT AND DECISION-MAKING BASU N, GOODRICH JM,  HEAD J, Environ Toxicol Chem 2014; 33:1248–1258. Abstract: The risk assessment of mercury (Hg), in both humans and wildlife, is made challenging by great variability in exposure and health effects. Although disease risk arises following complex interactions between [...]

The European Commission 2014 Opinion on Environmental Risks of Dental Amalgam

  Final Opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam (update 2014) The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) published the final opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam, of which the aim was to update the [...]

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) [...]

Mercury Levels In Dental Clinic Air

Determination of mercury levels in the air of dental offices and clinics in Cartagena, Colombia Determinación de los niveles de mercurio en el aire de consultorios y clínicas odontológicas en Cartagena, Colombia Masters Thesis of Armida María Arrázola Díaz,  (2011), Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Abstract: The mercury vapor generated by the placement and removal of [...]

Report on the "Real Cost of Dental Mercury" Released for Earth Day

Dental mercury fillings pollute the environment, contaminate fish and are far more costly for taxpayers than the alternative tooth-colored material, according to a new study, prepared by the Concord Group, European environmental consultants, and released today by a broad coalition of health, consumer and environmental groups. Concord Report Earth Day Press Release (86 KB) Full [...]

Dr. Fischer Testifies Before Congress

On Tuesday, July 8, 2008, the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing to examine the adequacy of regulations on mercury discharge from dental offices.  Our own Dr. Rich Fischer testified. View Article: Dr. Fischer Testifies Before Congress

Metro Sewage Authorities Contradict ADA on Amalgam in Wastewater

In October, 2002, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a Scientific Assessment entitled “Evaluation of Mercury in Dental Facility Wastewater.” The report argued that dental offices were not a significant source of mercury contamination, and that existing practices were sufficient to keep mercury emissions low. The Association of Municipal Sewage Authorities released a critique of [...]

Resources for Buying and Using Amalgam Separators

Disposing dental amalgam waste presents a significant source of mercury contamination in the environment, especially in waste water. Amalgam separators can remove over 99% of the mercury from the waste water of a dental office. Many jurisdictions have mandated separators in all dental offices, and many more are considering doing so. Here are two short [...]

Reducing Release of Dental Mercury

Mercury Policy Project Director Michael Bender gave a presentation to the International Adademy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) on "Dental Mercury Use and Release Reduction" at the October, 2004 annual meeting. Presented here are the self-explanatory slides that accompanied his lecture. View Article: M. Bender presentation