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For Immediate Release

Contact: Richard T. Koenig
Phone: 202-547-7613
Fax: 202-546-1482

District of Columbia Dental Society Supports the Availability of Dental Amalgam

Washington, DC- Dental amalgam, an alloy made by combining silver, copper, tin and zinc with elemental mercury is one of several safe effective options available to treat cavities caused by dental decay. The District of Columbia Dental Society and The American Dental Association agrees with the major U.S. and international scientific and health bodies - organizations responsible for protecting the public's health - that dental amalgam is a safe and effective restorative material. These organizations include the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Food and Drug Administration the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

The District of Columbia Dental Society believes that an informed patient in consultation with his or her dentist best determines the options regarding any dental treatment. If you need a filling, your dentist can advise you about the available options. And remember: ultimately, it is the patient's decision in consultation with the dentist as to what type of filling is used.

Dentists care very much about their patients and the environment. Just as people are recycling at home, the D.C. Dental Society encourages recycling in the dental office and we provide our dentists with the "how tos" in order to do it. We are committed to making sure that dentistry is not only healthy but clean and green.

It is important to understand that amalgam is not mercury; rather amalgam is an alloy, the components of which include mercury. The alloy has entirely different properties than mercury. So whether you are considering its effects on the body or on the environment, you cannot compare exposure to amalgam to an equivalent amount of mercury.

Dentists and their families breathe the same air and drink the same water, and protecting the environment is as important to us as it is to our neighbors. Dentists go to work every day to improve and protect patients' oral health. Protecting the environment is a natural extension of that dedication.

For more information about oral health issues, visit www.dcdental.org and the American Dental Association Web site at www.ada.org.