Yet considered toxic to health and the planet, mercury is found in most dental amalgam. To reduce the risk of exposure, a law now wants to reduce their use.
The European Parliament banned since July 1, the laying of dental amalgam, also called fillings on children under 15, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding. The reason ? The presence of mercury in this alloy used to fill a "hole" following the treatment of a caries.
Several studies have previously denounced the dangerousness of mercury, a metal considered toxic for health, but also for the environment. On the health side, it was revealed that exposure to mercury increased the risk of neurological pathologies such as Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
TheNational Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products explain that "The release of mercury, proportional to the number of amalgams in the mouth, can occur during the condensation, polishing, laying and wear of amalgam".
Dentists will now have to replace traditional mercury amalgams made of mercury, which have been used for a long time for their antibacterial properties, by other materials. In 2015, for example, researchers at Oregon State University in the United States developed a bioactive glass seal, a material already used in orthopedic surgery as a bone substitute with effective antimicrobial properties ...