Thursday, January 17, 2013

American Dental Association Pleased With UNEP Treaty Outcomes

The American Dental Association (ADA) is very pleased by the agreed upon provisions related to dental amalgam included in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) proposed mercury treaty.

No restrictions were placed on the use of dental amalgam. Patients around the world will continue to have access to this safe, durable, affordable treatment for tooth decay. Instead, the treaty called for a "phase down" approach to dental amalgam.

The FDI World Dental Federation, comprised of more than 200 national dental associations including the ADA and dental specialties, and the International Association for Dental Research have long supported a phase down approach to the use of dental amalgam to be accomplished by focusing on preventive strategies to reduce the disease that causes tooth decay. A reduction in tooth decay decreases the need for all cavity-filling and other restorative materials, including dental amalgam.

The American Dental Association issued a press statement from President Robert A. Faiella, DMD, MMSC and posted an ADA News story on the treaty developments.

This email has been distributed to all members of the American Dental Association.

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