Someone told me that the US signed an agreement with the United Nations to get rid of Amalgam Fillings. My dentist is still doing them and he said he hasn’t heard anything about that.
Marvin M. – Alabama
The U.S. did sign the Minamata Convention on Mercury; named in honor of the Japanese city that was ravaged by mercury poisoning. The focus of the treaty has to do with mercury pollution.
There is a portion of the treaty that has to do with amalgam fillings, but it’s not until page 24 of the treaty that it is addressed. If your dentist uses amalgam fillings, which are loaded with mercury, then he should also know about the new requirements that have more to do with the disposal of the fillings than the placing of them.
If you’re concerned about mercury in your fillings, I’d suggest you go to a mercury free dentist. They’ll use composite fillings (also called white fillings). They don’t have any mercury in them, and are also actually better for your teeth than their older cousin, amalgam fillings.
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