May 9, 2011
The debate over the continued use of mercury in dental fillings was the focus of Thursday’s FDA town–hall meeting in Orlando as more than a dozen anti-mercury activists demanded that the government restrict or ban them.
Although mercury is considered toxic, the Food and Drug Administration has classified amalgam fillings — the silver-colored fillings, which contain mercury — as safe. Activists noted that several European counties, including Sweden, Denmark and Norway, have banned use of mercury fillings in recent years.
Although dentists can use other types of fillings — composite materials or gold — experts say that these are more expensive than the mercury alternatives.