Experts emphasized that the use of mercury-based dental amalgams should either be phased out or prepared through capsulated or mechanised mixing. Speakers were sharing their thoughts at the ‘Use of Chemicals in South Asia, Environmental Health Threats and Challenges’ session at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute’s (SDPI) 17th sustainable development conference.
Dentists are unaware that the level of mercury generated during routine dental procedures clearly exceed established occupational safety limits.
The film features emotional stories from dental staff and patients whose health has been negatively impacted from these elevated mercury exposures.
Dental mercury accounts for roughly 10% (340 tons) of all man made mercury released into the global environment.
In 2010 a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease reviewed over 100 studies linking mercury to every aspect of Alzheimer's disease.