Ban on Mercury Dental Amalgam in California CityTuesday, November 9th, 2010, 3:24 pm
Costa Mesa has become the first American city to pass a resolution calling for banning the use of dental amalgam. The silver colored filling material is controversial because about half of it is mercury, a known neurotoxin. The resolution passed by the city council calls on federal and state agencies to ban amalgam, for dentists in Costa Mesa to voluntarily switch to non-toxic alternatives and for the other 33 cities in Orange County to adopt similar measures.
California already has declared the mercury in amalgam to be a reproductive toxin and the Dental Board of California requires dentists to distribute a fact sheet to each patient disclosing amalgam’s risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold hearings at the end of 2010 to consider banning amalgam for children and pregnant women.
Costa Mesa City Council Member Gary Monahan said that dentists and dental workers will benefit because without mercury vapors, dental offices will be a much safer workplace environment. He also noted that consumers have been deceived by the term “silver fillings” and explained that a 2006 poll showed that over 80% of California residents would pay more to get non-mercury fillings but only 40% of them knew that amalgam’s main component was mercury.
Wilbank Smile Center is proud to be a mercury-free environment. Our commitment to the total health of our patients means that we offer only mercury-free dentistry. Removal of old mercury amalgam fillings and replacement with new composite filling material will reduce exposure to mercury and reduce further damage to teeth from old, cracked amalgams.