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