The indoor levels of mercury at some dental hospitals in the twin cities are up to 20 times higher than the permissible limit, putting the lives of medical staff at risk. The level of mercury pollutants in the indoor air at some dental hospitals was eight to 20 times higher than the permissible limit. Author of the study Dr Mahmood A Khwaja stated "There are usually 30 to 40 students performing these fillings in close quarters where there isn't even proper cross ventilation,".
This article reviews and elaborates on the ADA’s 15-point mercury safety guidelines. Common workplace violations are highlighted, and steps for correction are cited. Practitioners can utilize this information to assist in development of an office protocol.
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has released an info-graphic, Occupational Exposure to Dental Mercury, that outlines the many ways in which occupational exposure to dental mercury occurs.
This experiment has shown the following facts about the exposure of rats to an amalgam dust created by a high speed handpiece: 1.) The dust is almost immediately absorbed into the blood stream as shown by immediate increases detected by measuring the blood mercury content. 2. The heart receives extremely high levels of mercury within minutes after exposure. Eighty one times higher than the control level.
The present study examined the effects of occupational exposure of a group of dentists to low levels of mercury. Analysis of the data revealed that neuropsychological, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular and dermal symptoms were more prevalent in dentists. Our findings indicate that occupational exposure of dentists to mercury, even at low levels, is associated with a significant increase in the prevalence of symptoms of intoxication.
Mercuryexposure.info was created and is maintained by consumers injured from exposure to mercury vapor and particles released by their dental amalgam fillings during placement, polishing, removal and day to day use. We are dedicated to providing accurate, up to date information on the many facets of dental mercury amalgam fillings.