The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has released an info-graphic, Dental Mercury’s Toxic Journey Back to the Environment, that outlines the many ways in which 340 tons of dental mercury is released into the global environment yearly.
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, a scientific dental organization, participated in the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC5) meeting, where nations formalized a legally-binding treaty to reduce global use of dental amalgam, a restorative tooth filling material containing 50% mercury.
The IAOMT is attending the fifth and final International Negotiating Committee (INC5) meeting by the United Nations Environmental Programme on mercury. IAOMT represents the consensus that amalgam is a risk to the environment, dental workers and the general public, and whose use should be discontinued.
The Zero Mercury Working Group believes that the mercury treaty should contain effective "phase down" reduction measures to decrease dental amalgam use, leading to a global amalgam phase-out by a fixed date. Country experiences demonstrate that phasing out amalgam over time is achievable. The Nordic countries have all phased out most amalgam uses.
The 4th session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC4) will meet in mid 2012 to continue to negotiate the text of a treaty to regulate mercury use at a global scale.
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