Reducing Mercury from the Environment: An Assessment of Dental Amalgam

The aim of this paper is to emphasize the necessity of tackling mercury pollution in dentistry and to underline the ease in which this can be done. This paper will offer a clinician’s point of view to highlight the simplicity of adopting best management practices for dental amalgam and to urge all dentists to adopt environmental stewardship as an integral component to the practice of dentistry. The paper will go on to assess the political developments surrounding this issue and detail the cost of inaction in reducing mercury in the environment by analyzing the environmental, health, and economic impacts of mercury pollution. It will be clear by the end of this analysis, that any further delays in reducing dental mercury waste cannot be tolerated.

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