Silver-colored dental fillings containing mercury may be harmful to pregnant women, children and fetuses, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency settled a lawsuit filed by several consumer advocates. The FDA, under the settlement, agreed to alert consumers about the risks on its Web site and to issue a more specific rule for fillings that contain mercury by July 2009. Millions of people in this country are said to have the metal fillings, called amalgams, in their mouths. The FDA said on its Web site:
Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses. “Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure, including individuals with existing high levels of mercury bioburden, should not avoid seeking dental care but should discuss options with their health practitioner.
Interestingly, the FDA does not recommend the removal of silver fillings. I believe that July of next year is too long to wait for a rule relating to this safety issue. This problem is not one that has just surfaced since much has been written about the potential for harm relating to the metallic content of the dental fillings.
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