By-products from recycling include dental amalgam
, aluminium ingots (from tube ends), glasswool insulation and fertiliser (from phosphor).
"Banning 'dental amalgam
' is a political issue that will not only have no impact on total worldwide mercury pollution, but also removes a viable treatment option for dentists and their patients," argues Derek Jones in an editorial published in the Journal of Dental Research.
The corrosion of dental amalgam
is thus a complex process, which involves contributions from each of the phase present as well as intergranular corrosion (Brett et al, 2002).
* correlates significantly with the number of dental amalgam
fillings of the mother in the liver, kidney, and brain of babies who die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); and
The search plan of the electronic databases included: "dental amalgam
or amalgam or alloy" and "deciduous or primary or milk or first or baby or natal" or "tooth or teeth or dentition" and "permanent restorations or permanent fillings".
emits small amounts of mercury vapor, and some experts question its effects on brain and nerve tissue.
Neuropsychological and renal effects of dental amalgam
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) News Release "Studies Evaluate Health Effects of Dental Amalgam
Fillings in Children", Tuesday, April 18, 2006
(6) Approximately nineteen out of every twenty Americans suffer from dental cavities, and more than 200 million people have at least one cavity in their mouth filled with dental amalgam
. (7) The amalgam composite contains a mixture of mercury, powdered silver, tin, and copper.
Euro-MPs claim that dental amalgam
made with mercury could be slowly poisoning people.
Meanwhile, the European Parliament has welcomed European Commission plans to crack down on mercury exposure, but has called for it to use more compulsory regulations on emissions, storage and banning exports, for instance focusing on its use in vaccine development, dental amalgam
and the chlor-alkali industry.
The NM bill also calls for the generation of a report of the dangers of the use of mercury containing dental amalgam
to the secretary of health.