A Patients Right to Know: 'Silver Fillings' are 50% Mercury

Philadelphia City Council to Vote on Measure Thursday

Oct 30, 2007, 01:00 ET from Consumers for Dental Choice

    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