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No Use of Mercury in Dental Care
Feb 03, 2015

More than 137 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) individuals and professionals from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Thailand have signed a declaration recently to end the use of mercury in dental care.

Key Points of the Declaration

  • This comes up as a follow up to Minamata Convention on phasing out of use of Mercury.

  • Amalgam fillings are 50% mercury, a major neurotoxin.

  • Alternatives to this are now affordable, effective, and available in the signatory countries.

  • The declaration that was made in Dhaka in November last year was adopted by the organisations in January this year.

  • It advocates for Asia to phase out dental amalgam.

  • The declaration highlights that mercury is a restorative material which is a hazardous heavy metal of global concern that is known to be a potent poison of the human nervous system.

  • By adapting this declaration South and Southeast Asian CSOs express their concern.

  • They called on Asia to end the use of mercury-based dentistry.

  • Asia is the most densely populated continent on the planet and, therefore, risks incredible harm to human health and the environment.

  • The call has further exhorted the Asian countries to declare that all the people of Asia have a basic human right to mercury-free dental care and a mercury-free environment.

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