Philadelphia - First City in Nation - to Pass a Law Requiring Informed Consent Before Dentists Use Mercury Amalgam

May 08, 2008, 01:00 ET from Consumers for Dental Choice

    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
     "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,

SOURCE Consumers for Dental Choice