Poisoning Risk from Mercury Fillings
Byline: SAM GREENHILL
MERCURYfillingsgiven to thousands of Irish patientseveryyear can be dangerous ,the worlds biggest health regulator has warned.
Dental safety experts in U-turn as they warn even chewing with filled teethposes a danger Simplychewingcouldrelease harmful mercury vapour from the fillingswhichcould be breathed into the lungs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
Theregulatorhadpreviously advised U.S. dentists that the fillings are safe, butis reviewing its position and may even ban mercury fillings.
Campaigners blame the highly toxic mercury found in amalgam fillings for arange of ailments, including fatigue, depression,heart conditions and Alzheimers disease.
Earlier this month, the U.S. regulatordroppedmuchofitsreassuring language from its website. Instead it now says: Dental amalgamscontain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effectsonthenervoussystemsof developingchildrenandfoetuses. However, the Irish Dental Association statesonitswebsitethatmercury amalgamfillings are safe to use and have no harmful side-effects.
Dental amalgam has been used on patients for over 150 years. All availableworldwideresearchindicates thatamalgam is not harmful to health, says the association.
ButlastnightFineGaelHealth spokesman Dr James Reilly said the FDAs findings needed strongconsideration by the Department of Health.
He said: There has to be an element ofseriousconcerniftheFDAare reviewingtheirposition.Mercuryis highly toxic, but theyve been using mercury in fillings for years. Its beensaidbeforethattheyre safe, but if theres a theoretical risk, that needs to be looked at.
The TD added: If the FDA are recommending it shouldnt be used, Id say well befollowing suit. …