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Efforts To Reduce Dental Mercury Heat Up This Summer
While this office is mercury-free, other dentists still place silver-colored amalgam fillings that are half mercury. This could be changing, though, as organizations are taking steps this summer to abate the use of this neurotoxin in dental offices:
  • Using measures in the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed standards that require dental offices to operate and maintain an amalgam separator. These devices are designed to safely and sustainably discard mercury and other metals. The EPA estimates this requirement will reduce the annual discharge of mercury into wastewater by 5.1 tons.
  • The United Nations Environment Programme’s global agreement to reduce mercury usage is poised to go into effect this month. Known as the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the worldwide treaty includes initiatives to “phase-down” the use of dental mercury; for example, the European Union’s new mercury regulations ban the use of mercury in fillings and other restorations among pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children aged 14 and younger.
You’ll never find mercury in this office, other than in patients’ mouths who visit us to have their old silver fillings removed! We welcome any questions about our dental materials and procedures. Call us!
 
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Homeopathic Treatment For Dental Wellness
Homeopathy is not reserved only for dentistry, but dentists like Dr. Hart who are committed to the person behind the patient, take advantage of this method of treatment. Homeopathic techniques seek to discover the essence of dental conditions by analyzing the physical symptoms expressed by each patient, and by discerning the emotional impact such symptoms are having on quality of life.
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