A landmark provisional agreement has been approved by the three governing institutions of the European Union (EU) to ban amalgam dental fillings for children less than fifteen years old as well as pregnant and nursing women.
The legislation is drafted to take effect 1 July 2018, and will affect five hundred million people. It still must be approved by EU governing bodies but is overwhelmingly supported by citizens and lawmakers.
Additionally, the European Commission will require each member state of the EU to submit a plan of action by July 1, 2019, to reduce the overall use of dental amalgam fillings.
What’s The Matter With Amalgam Dental Fillings?
Amalgam dental fillings were first used in the nineteenth century and are comprised of several metals (hence the term “amalgam”). Shockingly, mercury can account for up to half of its metal make-up. Mercury is a known neurotoxin, endocrine disruptor, and has been implicated in relation to diabetes and autism.
One recent study at the University of Washington found that the low-level release of mercury toxins into the body from a dental tooth filling can lead to long-term brain damage. (1)
The American Dental Association stands by its position that mercury fillings are safe, however, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology differs: “The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) vehemently disputes recent allegations made by the American Dental Association (ADA) that there is no scientific evidence validating the harmful health effects of dental mercury fillings. The ADA continues to support its self-serving view by denying that mercury fillings are dangerous. Clearly, public health is not an ADA priority.”
“… IAOMT has catalogued hundreds of scientific studies dating back over a century demonstrating that mercury in dental fillings is hazardous to human health. In fact, in 1845, the American Society of Dental Surgeons, the ADA’s predecessor, required its members to pledge not to use amalgam because mercury was known to be extremely toxic. Yet in 1859 the ADA was founded based on its endorsement of these controversial fillings.”