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Mercury is one of the most dangerous and toxic chemicals that poses a massive threat to the environment as well as human life. Silver amalgam fillings contain up to 45 to 55 % of elemental mercury. Watch this video by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT)

Mercury is one of the most toxic elements, and persistent traveler through our environment. So, who’s the travel agent for this elemental poison? Coal fire power plants, most definitely. Mining operations, Of course! Your neighborhood dental office? surprisingly yes! The United Nations environment programme reports that 10 percentage of global Mercury usage, is for amalgam tooth fillings. This results in up to 340 tons of dental Mercury journeying into the environment each year. In the United States, dentists are currently the second largest users of elemental Mercury. This accounts for roughly 32 tons of Mercury used yearly. To place amalgam restorations otherwise known as silver fillings. Although the number of amalgams placed has decreased over the last few decades, dentist still use amalgam without precautions, So the threat of Mercury exposure continues. Dental Mercury travels many pathways on its journey back into the environment. It starts when a dentist receives prep-capsulated dental amalgam. Each capsule, up to 900 milligrams of elemental Mercury is separated from the other alloys. To make the final product, the capsule is vigorously shaken in a titrator, that thoroughly mix all the elements. Occupational safety concerns arise because this heats the Mercury creating thousands of micrograms of Mercury vapor, which are released upon opening the capsule. The used amalgam capsule still contains a small amount of Mercury. So, the ADA recommends the capsules be stored in airtight container and collected by a hazardous waste company. Unfortunately, the majority of dentists toss the capsules into the trash. This Mercury contaminated trash will eventually travel to a landfill, where the Mercury will continue its trip down into the soil. Back at the dental office, the freshly mixed amalgam is placed into the tooth. The dentist then carves away any excess material. While patients swallow some amalgam waste, most is suctioned out, and flows through a filtration system. But this system only captures a small percent of the larger pieces. The vast  majority of much smaller pieces escape into the wastewater. A similar scenario place out when dentists replace amalgam fillings. Many dentists, not realizing the environmental harm, clean out their filtration system by dumping the captured Mercury tainted sludge down the drain. A study funded by the ADA estimated that amalgam filling contributes up to 50 percentage of the Mercury found in wastewater. This contaminated water then flows to publicly owned water treatment plants. While efforts are made to remove the Mercury from wastewater, most of it settles down into the sewage sludge, which is then taken and spread on land as fertilizer or deposited in a landfill. In both scenarios the Mercury constantly off gases into the atmosphere and seeps into the ground. A percentage of the sewage sludge is also sent packing into incinerators. With over 200 tons of dental Mercury continually off-gassing Mercury vapor in the mouths of Americans, even exhaling is a contributor of Mercury to our atmosphere. Additional, people with amalgam fillings serve as hosts for Mercuries passage back into our environment, through the excretion of human waste. Mercuries ride continues even after death. Crematories, which are unregulated and contain no filtering processes, are growing the a gulf of transporting Mercury back into the atmosphere. And all the various pathways are accounted for, dental Mercury from the United States contributes roughly 28 and a half tons into the environment each year. The governments of the world are actively working together, to reduce the amount of Mercury released globally, to protect human health. The first and most powerful step to eliminating Mercury release from dental amalgam, is to discontinue the use of this toxic material. With the threat so great, and solution so simple, it’s time to restrict Mercuries passport.

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