Minnesota refugees get short shrift when it comes to much-needed dental care. Many have never seen a dentist, or lack access to toothpaste or fresh water; some practice cultural traditions that are harmful to the mouth like chewing betel nuts (Burma) or removal of infant…

Dentistry is moving closer to a mercury-free future as momentum gathers behind a global effort to nix the element from the industry. A growing roster of countries is banishing the use of mercury and amalgam—a mix mercury and other metals used for fillings—in dental…

A petition filed by Consumers for Dental Choice calls on the US FDA to ban the use of a dental filling containing mercury in children under age 15, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. The EU recently adopted such a policy, and countries including Norway, Sweden and…

A campaign is afoot to eliminate the use of mercury in dentistry, considered a hazard to both health and the environment. Dental amalgam is already falling out of favor with the younger generation of dentists, but a faction of the field wants to keep mercury in the game. “…