Philadelphia - First City in Nation - to Pass a Law Requiring Informed Consent Before Dentists Use Mercury Amalgam
PHILADELPHIA, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Coalition for Mercury-Free Dentistry and Consumers for Dental Choice will host a press conference to promote Blondell Reynolds Brown's "Informed Consent" mercury dental law, Tuesday, May 13, 12:30 p.m. Mayor's Reception Room 202, City Hall. There will be a CONSUMER PROTEST, 10:30 a.m., 255 South 17th Street. President of the Pennsylvania Dental Association falsely claims: "No dentist 'places mercury' in a patient's mouth." After a four-year battle, Philadelphia City Council passed Brown's bill mandating that dentists distribute a patient brochure disclosing the dangers of silver/amalgam fillings, that they are 50% mercury, that dental mercury exposure poses health and environmental risks, and non-mercury alternatives exist. Despite aggressive opposition by the PDA, ADA and Philadelphia Dental Society, the bill passed unanimously, 17-0 on December 13, 2007. A similar state bill has been introduced by Representative Daylin Leach. "Unless patients receive truthful information about the DISADVANTAGES of amalgam, educated decisions about dental care cannot be made, nor can patients protect themselves from mercury exposure," says, Freya Koss, Director of the Coalition. Koss, is hopeful that the Department of Health will write a scientifically factual brochure heeding the World Health Organization's conclusions that dental amalgam fillings contribute more mercury to a person's body than all other sources of mercury combined. Donald Robbins, DMD, a biologic Exton dentist and member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology encourages warnings for pregnant women, "Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that mercury in the tissues of the fetus or infant correlates significantly with the number of dental amalgam fillings in the mother." "All populations should be aware of the potential health hazards of amalgam. The brochure provided for in Bill No 040904 will give all patients pertinent information to make informed choices," stated Reynolds Brown. "The consumer protection law written by Blondell Reynolds Brown will help thousands of Philadelphia families to bring awareness that silver fillings are mainly mercury and pose a serious health risk. What pregnant woman or parent would want their unborn baby or child exposed to mercury?" warns Charlie Brown, National Counsel to Consumers for Dental Choice. For more information about the bill and the press conference, contact Freya Koss, (610) 649-2606, or Charlie Brown, (202) 544-6333, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Consumers for Dental Choice
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