WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know that the silver
colored fillings in your mouth are actually composed of 50% MERCURY, a
known neurotoxin? This information should be posted at your dentist office
and currently is not. Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown wants to change
that and is the sponsor of Bill No. 040904 which ensures that patients are
given the opportunity to know the effects of mercury fillings and the
alternatives that are available.
On November 1st, The Philadelphia City Council will be voting on Bill
No. 040904 which would require dentists to provide a fact sheet that
explains the toxic effects of mercury fillings and the alternative dental
procedures that are available to patients who choose not to use mercury
fillings. Because you should have the right to know.
"Everyone must do their part to eliminate mercury from Philadelphia,"
said Sean Jacobs, Pennsylvania ZERO Mercury Campaign Director at Clean Air
Council. "Dental patients can help this cause by simply requesting
mercury-free alternative fillings -- but they have to know their options
first. Clean Air Council and its 7,000 members are calling on Philadelphia
City Council to vote YES on Bill No. 040904. It's time to stop putting
mercury into the mouths of our citizens. It's time for action."
Mercury, the second most toxic non-radioactive element on the face of
this earth is being eliminated or limited by government agencies from all
products, including thermometers, vaccines, contact eye solution, car
switches, medical devices such as blood pressure machines, florescent light
bulbs, coal refinery emissions, and consumption of fish, yet the American
Dental Association and the Pennsylvania Dental Association maintain that it
is safe in dental fillings placed directly into the body.
The good news is, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown's bill tells the
truth. Freya Koss, who heads up the Pennsylvania Coalition for Mercury-Free
Dentistry believes that, "it may be inconvenient for some dentists to tell
their patients, that amalgam fillings are 50% mercury. But pregnant women,
for example, who may be avoiding fish because it has mercury, have a right
to know that she and her baby are being exposed to mercury at the dentist's
office as well."
In addition, Charlie Brown, Counsel to Consumers for Dental Choice
points out that "National surveys show that up to one-half of dentists have
stopped placing mercury fillings, relying solely on resin and other
non-toxic choices however, the Pennsylvania Dental Association,
representing the Old Guard, are asking that you continue to allow them to
place mercury fillings in your mouth. It just doesn't make any sense."
SOURCE Consumers for Dental Choice