In a complete turnabout the Food and Drug Administration has issued a health warning over amalgam dental fillings after insisting for years that they were safe. A change in stance which is a major victory for activists who claim fillings can cause a range of problems, including heart conditions and Alzheimer's disease.
According to their website, the FDA now states that fillings contain mercury that "may have neuro-toxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses".
Pointing out that amalgam fillings release mercury vapor while chewing and when they are placed in teeth and extracted later on.
European Response to Mercury in Dental Fillings
And while folks at places like the British Dental Association still insist that the fillings are safe, they do advise women to avoid "dental intervention or medication," and nations like Norway and Denmark have banned mercury from the fillings, 125 million tons of which have been used in the EU last year alone.
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