Linda Shrieves
LA Times
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.

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Although dentists can use other types of fillings — composite materials or gold — experts say that these are more expensive than the mercury alternatives.

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