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 Stop Promoting Mercury Amalgam FDA: Ban Amalgam
  • Petitioned American Dental Association
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

ADA
American Dental Association
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Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food & Drug Admin
Christy Foreman

Stop Promoting Mercury Amalgam FDA: Ban Amalgam

    1. Vincenzo Porta
    2. Petition by

      Vincenzo Porta

Mercury is used because it is cheap and mixes easily with other metals, commonly referred to as amalgam. Amalgam is the product of roughly 50% mercury and 50% silver, zinc, cadmium, and other metals. Mercury is highly hazaradous to humans and it is consistently used in scientific research to induce apoptosis (cell death) in laboratory animals. All of the products that once contained mercury, such as thermometers and lightbulbs, are now illegal to manufacture and sell in the United States. This ban on mercury containing products was the effect of the obvious health hazards of the element.

Yet despite the obvious negative health effects of mercury, The American Dental Association (ADA) currently considers it to be 'a safe, affordable, and durable material that has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans'. However, their claim is unwarranted and is at the center of controversy in the scientific community. Proponents of amalgam claim that there is no evidence that amalgam 'leeks' enough mercury to cause harm in humans. They claim that, as an alloy, mercury is perfectly safe and its toxic qualities become inert when the amalgam is formed. But this is misleading. It has been proven that amalgam fillings release small quantities of mercury vapor when used. For example, chewing, brushing teeth, and drinking hot liquids cause amalgam to release mercury vapor. If you have amalgam fillings, then you are breathing in toxic vapor everyday!  Shockingly, the ADA does not acknowledge these effects as harmful and consequently, even a child could receive a 'silver' amalgam filling from their dentist.

In 2009, The Federal Drug Administration classified dental amalgam as a class 2 substance (moderate risk), up from a class 1 substance (low risk). In addition, other countries such as Sweden, Norway, and Denmark have gone further by banning the use of mercury in dental amalgam. In 1991, The World Health Organization claimed that 'the mercury in dental amalgam fillings is the greatest source of mercury exposure in the general population'. In 2011, the United States Department of State (DOS) took action to 'phase out' mercury fillings in the next 20 years. But these actions are not enough. A significant number of people will have amalgam put in their mouths as a dental filling within the next 20 years.

Since the ADA firmly defends its position that mercury containing dental amalgam is considered safe, the public must pressure the ADA to discontinue its claims of safety. Please sign this petition.

Recent signatures

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    1. Decision-maker American Dental Association responds:

      American Dental Association

      Wrong person. This is CODA, who doesn't deal with Amalgam.


    2. Decision-maker American Dental Association responds:

      American Dental Association

      You need to find the right person for this petition. You are contacting and educational accreditor who has nothing to do with amalgam.


    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. Decision-maker American Dental Association responds:

      American Dental Association

      Ummm, you may want to actually send this petition to to the correct people. Thanks!


    5. Unbiased scientific studies on the poisonous mercury amalgam

      Vincenzo Porta
      Petition Organizer

      Shedding light on the truth. Please visit pubmed and review the research on mercury amalgam.

    6. Dr. Cutler explains mercury poisoning

      Vincenzo Porta
      Petition Organizer

      General Info

    7. Reached 25 signatures
    8. The Scientific Case against Amalgam

      Vincenzo Porta
      Petition Organizer

      This is an everything-you-need-to-know about amalgam and why it is dangerous.

    9. Reached 5 signatures
    10. Research From The IAOMT

      Vincenzo Porta
      Petition Organizer

      Become better educated on the effects of mercury exposure in dental fillings

    11. Mercury Effects in Children

      Vincenzo Porta
      Petition Organizer

      This explains the effects of Mercury exposure in children

    12. Blog with me and share your thoughts

      Vincenzo Porta
      Petition Organizer

      Relevant resources on dental amalgam dangers are listed

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Anna Alonova LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 6 months ago

      This stuff is toxic, and is especially harmful to those who have APoe3 and Apoe4 gene types. It makes people very very sick, some just faster than others. THey leach mercury and poison opur bodies, while there are other much less topxic alternatives available, especially if one is advocating for self and is informed such as composites NOT mixed with any metals (custom ones that criminally stingy insurance companies do not cover that is). Many countries have banned it, US should not be the last one!

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    • JAMILLAH HARROD CYPRESS, TX
      • 7 months ago

      I, too, have amalgam fillings and i hate it! To think that they're mindset is, "it's hazardous to everybody's safety but when we install this into one's mouth it's perfectly safe" uhhhh what? What logic is being used here? None whatsoever! Since I've learned the nature of what's actually filling up 5 of my cavities in my mouth, I've began to put the pieces together as to why I'm constantly releasing saliva in my mouth (CONSTANTLY) or why i suffer from headaches, or why I've also suffered severe acne, or why I've suffered from being unable to have an optimally functioning brain and I don't even what it's doing to my organs! I hate that this is happening and this needs to be done away with. No one should have to suffer by the hands of those who CHOOSE to be ignorant.

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    • Linda Rozentals ST.CATHARINES, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      I suffer from heavy metal toxicity,mercury is the most harmful.

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    • sarah roberts FLINT, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      Yep, they need to quit using silver fillings indefinitely. I'm having mine changed cause the dentists I went to used them, and apparently you have to know that they're toxic and tell them that's why you don't want those kind of fillings used, which is kind of messed up, that makes it to where they can just put them in while they know how dangerous they are, and I'm sure a lot of people don't know about the mercury in them and that it is dangerous.

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    • ZILKA DAMIEN AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE
      • about 1 year ago

      OK

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