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Alternative materials to amalgam for fillings

Alternative materials to amalgam for fillings may have less negative impact on human health and the environment, according to a recently published report. The Health Care Research Collaborative report compared mercury-based dental fillings with alternatives currently available in the U.S. and found that the effects of mercury outweigh the known effects of resin-based composites and glass ionomer fillings. "We found no evidence of a negative effect on patients' health from either mercury amalgam or the alternatives used in restoration dental instruments. Yet the alternatives were less hazardous to the general environment and the public's health," said Dr. Peter Orris, co-author of the report and professor of occupational and environmental health sciences. On the basis of the current findings, mercury dental amalgam use contributes significantly to the environmental mercury burden and damages fetal neurological development during pregnancy ultrasonic scaler, according to the investigators. According to the report, dental offices were the source of 50 percent of all mercury pollution in 2003. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that approximately 122,000 dental offices discharge about 3.7 tons of mercury each year. ultrasonic scalers

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