Sept. 6: Beyond and more important than the position defending and name-calling is the fact that mercury-fillings have had their day, and it is not today. We stopped using mercury in our practice in 1984 and others even earlier. Too bad the USA has had their head somewhere else; lets follow the lead of the World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry and the US State Department who said, “We support phasing out to the point of no use of mercury fillings in dentistry.” The following is taken from Dr. Joseph Mercola’s interview. With Consumers for Dental Choice
That American dentistry became mired in mercury is a story of profits first, people last. Amalgam is a primitive, pre-Civil War, pollution product that is half mercury. The 50 percent of North American dentists still using amalgam likely do so for the quick and easy profits – while handing us the bill for the health effects and environmental disaster.
Now is the time for those dentists still using amalgam to switch, and join their brother and sister dentists who practice mercury-free dentistry. Now is the time for you to decide that henceforth you will not allow mercury in your mouth or your child’s mouth – no matter what a pro-mercury dentist might say. Now is the time for you to tell your neighbor, cousin, or best friend: Don’t get a mercury filling.
And what is a mercury filling?
It is what the mainstream press calls “silver fillings.”
Mercury Amalgams More Commonly Used in Minorities and the Poor…
Just like the one-size-fits-all strategy of medicating community water supplies with fluoride, the use of mercury amalgams disproportionally affects minorities and the poor, as they frequently are left without options—even when they know better and want a safer alternative.
As explained by Charlie Brown in the featured interview:
“People on these very limited dental insurance plans or on Medicaid often have no bargaining power with their dentists. They are being told by the dentists, “This is what I’m going to do.” The dentist may not even tell them what they’re going to do. They just put in fillings. Some dentists treat their patients and those teeth like dollar signs.
There’s a disproportionate impact on working [class] American families—whether in Appalachia, where I’m from, or in inner-cities. Working [class] families: white, African-American, Latino, and Native Americans are much more likely to get a mercury filling.
… It’s unscrupulous dentistry and it’s terribly unfair to these families… One group that is particularly badly treated are children with disabilities… [T]here was just an all-out battle in Philadelphia, because we succeeded in getting a fact sheet law, so the parents were reading the fact sheets, saying, “I don’t want amalgam.” The dentists serving children with disabilities were telling the parents, “You will get the filling I decide on”… Parents were forced to leave the office or accept a mercury filling! These dentists were backed up by the Pennsylvania Dental Association. That was condemnable.
… The ADA in fact issued an apology recently for its history of racism. That appears to continue with their attitude that those who are disabled have no rights to mercury-free dentistry. That’s one of the battles that we’re [facing]… to protect those who are less able to fend for themselves in this economic society.”
Consumers for Dental Choice Paves the Way for Mercury-Free Dentistry Worldwide
Leading the charge against mercury fillings is Consumers for Dental Choice, a nonprofit group founded by Charlie Brown that merits your support. With its worldwide Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry, we get closer – year-by-year, and day-by-day – to ending this abominable 150-year historical mistake. But to win, we need action in communities across the United States and around the world.
Here’s what you can do right in your community or your workplace:
- If your dentist has not switched to mercury-free dentistry, this is the time for him or her to do so. Call your dentist and ask. If they use mercury and insist on sticking with it, re-consider your choice of dentists.
- If you work for a company that covers dental fillings, ask if they will cover composites, ART, or other alternatives to amalgam. Consider the stellar example of the Cleveland-based Parker Hannifin company, which fully covers composite but does not pay for amalgam! Parker-Hannifin employees and their families are getting non-toxic dental fillings.
- If you have dental insurance, ask about ending primacy for amalgam. That’s what United Concordia has done with its policies.
- If you know your Mayor or a member of your City or Town Council, consider asking if they will do what is happening in some California cities: pass a resolution calling for an end to amalgam and a request that dentists in your town stop using amalgam.