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Dental Mercury’s Toxic Journey Back to the Environment

Dental Mercury’s Toxic Journey Back to the Environment

This graphic presents an overview of the many ways by which dentists contribute close to 30 tons of mercury into the United States environment each year.

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Occupational Exposure to Dental Mercury

Occupational Exposure to Dental Mercury

Learn the many ways occupational exposure to mercury occurs when working with or around “silver” amalgam fillings.

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Dental Mercury’s Toxic Journey Into The Environment – the Video

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), presented this animation while at the International Negotiating Committee (INC5) meeting being held in Geneva by the United Nations Environmental Programme.

The INC5 is writing a Globally Binding  Treaty that will eliminate the use and trade of mercury and mercury containing products. Dental Mercury accounts for 10% of the annual global emissions (340 tons) and therefore is considered a significant contributor. The IAOMT’s group of experts represented the consensus that mercury amalgam is a risk to the environment, dental workers and the general public, and whose use should be discontinued as there are many suitable alternatives available.

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 You Put What In My Mouth?

This feature length documentary follows the lives of 4 people as they struggle to inform the federal government, public and dentists of the extremely large amounts of mercury vapor and mercury contaminated particulate matter generated during the making, placement, polishing and removal of mercury “amalgam” dental fillings.

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Mercury Destroys Brain Neurons

Exposure of neurons in culture to nanomolar levels of Hg2+ has been shown to produce three of the widely accepted pathological diagnostic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). These AD hallmarks are elevated amyloid protein, hyper-phosphorylation of Tau, and formation of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs). Limiting exposure to any source of mercury is highly recommended. The IAOMT provides solutions to protect staff, patients and the environment from the hazards of dental mercury.

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Amalgam removal creates mercury vapor and particulate matter

Removal of mercury “silver” amalgam fillings release mercury vapor and thousands of micron and submicron size pieces of mercury contaminated particulate matter. The IAOMT provides solutions to protect staff, patients and the environment from the hazards of dental mercury.

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Mercury contaminated particulate matter

Removal of mercury “silver” amalgam fillings release mercury vapor and thousands of micron and submicron size pieces of mercury contaminated particulate matter. The IAOMT provides solutions to protect staff, patients and the environment from the hazards of dental mercury.

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Mercury amalgam fillings pollute the environment

A study funded by the American Dental Association (ADA) estimated in 2003 that 50 percent of mercury entering Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) was contributed by dental offices. The IAOMT provides solutions to protect staff, patients and the environment from the hazards of dental mercury.

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Mercury induced dementia

Exposure of neurons in culture to nanomolar levels of Hg2+ has been shown to produce three of the widely accepted pathological diagnostic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). These AD hallmarks are elevated amyloid protein, hyper-phosphorylation of Tau, and formation of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs). Limiting exposure to any source of mercury is highly recommended. The IAOMT provides solutions to protect staff, patients and the environment from the hazards of dental mercury.

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