First Brazilian university to promote environmentally friendly disposal of dental amalgam

By: Anita Vazquez Tibau, international advocate against the use of mercury in dentistry

NOVA FRIBURGO, Brazil: History was made at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Nova Friburgo, one of the largest universities in Brazil, with a ceremony to mark the first installation of mercury amalgam separators by a federal university in Brazil. The separators were installed for 95 chairs used by the approximately 400 dental students who are currently enrolled in the university’s dental program.

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Subregional meeting of Minamata Convention on Mercury held in Brazil

By: Anita Vazquez Tibau, international advocate against the use of mercury in dentistry

 The recently held subregional meeting on the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Brasilia was an opportunity for the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) to give a global update on mercury in dentistry. The IAOMT discussed the substantial progress Brazil has made in its serious commitment to mercury-free dentistry and shared the positive experience of the Technical Assistance Programme (TAP), which was established as a direct result of the Minamata Convention.


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The IAOMT is preparing a program to assist public health agencies around the world to transition their oral health programs toward mercury-free and mercury-safe dental practices.


Anita Tibau Coordinating this effort on behalf of the IAOMT is Anita Vasquez Tibau, a dedicated activist who has been deeply engaged in the cause of mercury-free dentistry for over a decade.

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Anita's extended biography


Here are three educational slide shows, based on our Fundamentals of Biological Dentistry course, introducing the concept of dentistry in a mercury-safe world:

1.  TAP 1, MERCURY 101

2. TAP 2, MERCURY 102

3. TAP 3, Composite Is The New Standard

4. TAP 4, Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings

5.  Article:  Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings

6. Letter: TAP in Rio De Janeiro

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IAOMT Scientific Documents and Media

Occupational Risk and Office Waste

Health Implications: Sensitive and Vulnerable People

Atmospheric Releases by Crematories and Small Scale Mining

Soil and Water Releases, Waste and Storage, Amalgam Separators

Effective Alternatives for Amalgam

General Summaries

Posters, Pictures, and Video


IAOMT Technical Assistance Programme Summary

INC5 IAOMT Opening Statement

Marina Silva Mercury

TAP Translated

TAP for Rio

TAP Brochure for PRINT



Aug 29_TAP Flier 2014 Portuguese


Aug 29_TAP Flier 2014 Portuguese