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Tooth-Colored Fillings Safe and Effective

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – An effective alternative to silver amalgam fillings is being introduced into dental offices across the country. Tooth-colored fillings are gaining popularity as a more beautiful choice in cosmetic dentistry and more. They are considered a safe and effective alternative to treat new cavities or act as replacements for old fillings.

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AADR testifies to the FDA advisory panel on dental amalgam

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland – On December 14-15, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened an Advisory Panel to discuss several scientific issues that may affect the regulation of dental amalgam. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Panel voted to recommend that the FDA conduct further review of the material's safety.

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AGD Past President Testifies at FDA Hearing on Amalgam Use

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – On Wed., Dec. 15, Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, MAGD, past president of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), testified in support of using dental amalgam as a viable option to treat dental decay. The hearing was conducted at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Joint Meeting of the Dental Products Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee.

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While FDA Reviews Amalgam Risks, NGO Applauds WHO 'Phase Down'

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – While an Food & Drug Administration (FDA) panel re-examines risks of amalgam over the next two days, the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to release a key report soon recommending that amalgam use be "phased down" globally, consistent with its earlier recommendations.(i)

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ADA Supports FDA Panel's Recommendation for Scientific Review

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The American Dental Association today praised a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel's finding that the FDA acted appropriately when it ruled last year that dental amalgam is a safe and effective treatment option for the general population.

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FDA Advisory Committee to Revisit the Safety of Dental Amalgam Fillings

LOVELAND, Colorado – This week, an advisory committee within the U.S. Food And Drug Administration will meet to "discuss and make recommendations on scientific issues raised in petitions received by [the] FDA concerning the final rule on the classification of dental amalgam," according to the FDA website. The final ruling referred to is a decision published in August of 2009 that classified dental amalgam fillings as a class 2 device. A class II designation indicates that the device poses moderate risk to the patient and that general controls in regulating the device are not alone sufficient to assure its safety and effectiveness. The FDA stated last year that, "The levels released by dental amalgam fillings are not high enough to cause harm in patients."

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ADA Witnesses to Testify before FDA Advisory Panel Hearing on Dental Amalgam Safety

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland – American Dental Association (ADA) witnesses will testify today and tomorrow before a U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Panel investigating the safety of dental amalgam, a silver colored material that is among the options patients and their dentists can use to restore decayed teeth.

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Scientists and Citizens Opposed to Mercury Fillings Urge FDA Panel to Restrict Amalgam

CHAMPIONSGATE, Florida – FDA Device Division, still concerned about mercury toxicity in American dentistry, is convening yet another professional panel review regarding safety issues. A nationwide convergence of scientists, dental and medical professionals, lead by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) are provoking new challenges to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) July'09 "no risk" classification of mercury fillings . The Holiday Inn, Gaithersburg MD is the site of FDA's Dental Products Panel meeting December 14 & 15 where scientific and public testimony will be presented.

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Exposure to Mercury From Dental Fillings Exceeds Safe Levels

CHAMPIONSGATE, Florida – A new risk assessment report submitted by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology this month to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that mercury from dental fillings is estimated to cause 67.2 million Americans to exceed the Reference Exposure Level (REL) of 0.3 ug/m3 established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in 1995. If the more protective REL of 0.03 ug/m3 established in 2008 by the California Environmental Protection Agency is used, then the current safe-dose is probably exceeded by 122.3 million Americans.

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New 3M™ ESPE™ Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Flowable Restorative Delivers Versatility, Esthetics

Easy to use for multiple indications

ST PAUL, Minnesota – 3M ESPE continues to expand on its industry-leading Filtek™ Supreme line of restorative options with the introduction of Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Flowable Restorative, a flowable companion to the recently introduced Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative. Indicated for nine different uses, Filtek Supreme Ultra flowable restorative is a versatile and efficient solution for the multiple restorative situations dentists encounter every day. Whether dentists use a flowable by itself or with a composite material, the product brings simplicity and great performance to any of its multiple indications.

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American Dental Association Statement: EPA’s Announcement on Amalgam Separator Use

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Dental Association (ADA) agrees with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that amalgam separators play an important role minimizing the release of mercury into dental office wastewater, and that is why we promote their use. That said, we cannot comment on the proposed EPA regulation announced today until the agency shares it with us.

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Sirona Unveils New Exclusive Material, VITABLOCS® RealLife®, at the CEREC® 25th Anniversary Celebration in Las Vegas

VITABLOCS RealLife® Feature Dentin Core with a Complementing Enamel Coat for Natural Esthetics Right from the Milling Machine

LONG ISLAND CITY, New York – Sirona Dental Systems (Nasdaq: SIRO) announced the availability of new VITABLOCS RealLife at the CEREC 25th Anniversary Celebration, a milestone event celebrating the 25-year anniversary of its CEREC CAD/CAM system.

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Sirona Launches inLab® Multilayer Design Software that Utilizes VITA® Rapid Layer Technology at the CEREC® 25th Anniversary Celeb

Rapid Layer Technology Enables the Production of Both the Substructure and Accompanying Full-Contour Overlay With a Few Mouse Clicks

LONG ISLAND CITY, New York – Sirona Dental Systems (Nasdaq: SIRO) today announced the availability of the inLab Multilayer Design Option, which utilizes new VITA Rapid Layer Technology, during the CEREC® 25th Anniversary Celebration, a milestone event celebrating the 25-year anniversary of its CEREC CAD/CAM system.

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W.H.O. Lauded for Supporting Amalgam 'Phase Down,' Ban on Mercury in Skin Cosmetics as Treaty Negotiations Start in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – World governments, under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme, today completed the first step towards a legally binding treaty to control mercury pollution at the first Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) meeting, in Stockholm, Sweden. These initial discussions will provide a strong basis for developing the text of the treaty, starting at the next INC meeting in Tokyo, Japan, January 2011.

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FDA Advisory Panel to Review Dental Amalgam

Agency to consider risks to vulnerable populations

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced plans to hold an advisory panel on Dec. 14-15, 2010, to discuss several scientific issues that may affect the regulation of dental amalgam, used for direct filling of carious lesions or structural defects in teeth. The panel meeting will focus particularly on the potential risk to vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women, fetuses, and young children.

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Congressional Hearing Targets Dentists as Major Source of Mercury Pollution

Mercury Policy Project testimony charges American Dental Association with misleading Congress, EPA, and the Public on dental mercury impacts

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – Testimony today by a mercury watchdog group charges that the American Dental Association has provided misleading information that dentists are voluntarily controlling their mercury pollution and that the toxic metal doesn't get taken up in fish that people eat. The Mercury Policy Project will provide evidence to the contrary during a 2 PM hearing today of the U.S. House Government Oversight Domestic Policy Subcommittee in Rayburn House Office Building 2154.

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American Dental Association on Sweden’s Mercury Ban

CHICAGO, Illinois – The action taken by the government of Sweden to discontinue the use of all products containing mercury—including dental amalgam—for environmental reasons is not necessary for the United States.

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ADA Testifies Before House Sub-Committee on Voluntary Efforts to Protect the Environment from Mercury

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The American Dental Association (ADA) testified today before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on Domestic Policy, chaired by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), at a hearing on "Assessing State and Local Regulations to Reduce Dental Mercury Emissions." William J. Walsh, an expert on dentistry's impact on the environment and a consultant to the ADA, told the subcommittee that dentistry contributes a very small amount of the mercury in wastewater, the ADA and its members are taking every reasonable step to further minimize that impact and that government mandates are not necessary.

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CDC, FDA Weigh In on Safety Concerns with Dental Crowns

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Dental Association (ADA) appreciates the responses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) addressing safety concerns raised by media reports about lead in dental prostheses such as crowns and bridges.

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New Nanocomposites May Mean More Durable Tooth Fillings

The mouth is a tough environment—which is why dentists do not give lifetime guarantees. Despite their best efforts, a filling may eventually crack under the stress of biting, chewing and teeth grinding, or secondary decay may develop where the filling binds to the tooth. Fully 70 percent of all dental procedures involve replacements to existing repairs, at a cost of $5 billion per year in the United States alone.

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Statement by ADA President on Court’s Refusal to Second-Guess The Food and Drug Administration’s Position on Dental Amalgam

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Dental Association (ADA) welcomes Friday's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia stating that the court cannot force the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to tighten restrictions on the use of dental amalgam fillings.

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Fibers Used In Bullet-Proof Vests Quadruple Toughness Of Dental Composites

SAN DIEGO, California – Vistasp Karbhari, a professor of structural engineering at UC San Diego, has developed fiber-reinforced polymer composites as strong, lightweight materials for aerospace, automotive, civil and marine applications, so he thought, “If they work so well in highway bridges, why not dental bridges"”

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AGD President-Elect Testified on Amalgam at FDA Hearing

CHICAGO, Illinois – Dr. Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, president-elect of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), testified yesterday in support of using dental amalgam as a viable option to treat dental decay. The hearing was conducted at the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Joint Meeting of the Dental Products Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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ADA Welcomes Additional Scientific Review of Dental Filling Safety

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Dental Association (ADA) welcomes the call by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel for additional review of scientific studies on the safety of dental amalgam fillings.

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MPP Says Conclusion 'Unscientific' That Dental Mercury is Safe

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – Characterizing dental mercury as "safe" based on two studies appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association's April 19 issue is unscientific, say a leading scientist, mercury-free dentists and advocates. Several groups also question the ethics of exposing children to a neurotoxin.

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Neuropsychological function of kids with cavities filled with mercury-containing amalgam

CHICAGO, Illinois – There were no statistically significant differences in neuropsychological and neurobehavioral effects among children whose dental caries were treated with mercury amalgam fillings and those treated with a composite dental restorative material, according to two studies in the April 19 issue of JAMA.

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Studies Evaluate Health Effects of Dental Amalgam Fillings in Children

BOSTON, Massachusetts and LISBON, Portugal – Scientists supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, report in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association the results of the first-ever randomized clinical trials to evaluate the safety of placing amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, in the teeth of children.

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JAMA Publishes Dental Amalgam Studies

CHICAGO, Illinois – The results of two independent and well-designed studies published in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association add to the substantial body of peer-reviewed scientific literature that supports the safety of dental amalgam as an option for patients and their dentists in treating dental decay.

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'Nanospheres' that Block Pain of Sensitive Teeth

GLASGOW, United Kingdom – Nanospheres could help dentists fill the tiny holes in our teeth that make them incredibly sensitive, and that cause severe pain for millions of adults and children worldwide.

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Over 1,000 Tons of Dental Mercury To Be Emitted in Next 10-15 Years

MONTPELIER, Vermont – A coalition of groups today released a report in each of the state capitals of New England, grading the states on their efforts to reduce dental mercury pollution. The report's number one recommendation is that dentists reduce their use of mercury fillings in consideration of environmental impacts.

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ADA Seeks Work Group Volunteers To Develop national Amalgam Waste Recycling Standards

CHICAGO, Illinois – The American Dental Association (ADA) Standards Committee seeks work group volunteers to assist in the development of a uniform procedure for collecting, storing and shipping amalgam waste. Dental amalgam is an alloy made of silver, copper, tin, zinc and elemental mercury and is widely used to fill decayed teeth.

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Panel Report Finds Health Claims Against Dental Amalgam Lack Scientific Evidence

CHICAGO, Illinois – A review of seven years worth of scientific studies concludes there is insufficient evidence "of a link between dental mercury and health problems, except in rare instances of allergic reactions," according to a report released today by the Life Sciences Research Office, Inc. (LSRO) in Bethesda, MD.

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Little Evidence to Link Mercury Fillings to Human Health Problems

BETHESDA, Maryland – For many of us, having a dental cavity filled canbe a frightening experience. Others take such dental repair in stride. Regardless of howyou approach a trip to the dentist, you can take comfort in a new report, which concludesthat the peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature published since 1996 reveals littleevidence of a link between dental mercury and health problems, except in rare instancesof allergic reactions.

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New Report Validates Safety of Dental Amalgam

ALBANY, New York – A review of seven years worth of scientific studies concludes there is insufficient evidence of a link between dental mercury and health problems, except in rare instances of allergic reactions, according to a report released today by the Life Sciences Research Office, Inc. (LSRO) in Bethesda, MD.

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Do New Dental Materials Live Up To Their Hype?

CHICAGO, Illinois – It is common knowledge that most consumer markets are saturated with duplicate products that often offer the same benefits with use. Manufacturers who are in competition for shelf space employ savvy marketing tactics to generate buzz and entice consumers to buy one choice over another.

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Sultan Chemists Launches New Genie Magic Mix Impression Material

ENGLEWOOD, New Jersey – Sultan Chemists, a leader in manufacturing of infection control products and oral therapeutics since 1872, today announced the launch of Genie Magic Mix exclusively for impression material mixing machines, an exciting new addition to its Genie line of ultra hydrophilic vinyl polysiloxane dental impression materials. Available directly through Sultans global network of distribution partners, Genie Magic Mix impression material was engineered to deliver unsurpassed performance at an affordable price, in the most advanced delivery system available.

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Willamette Dental To Install Amalgam Separators In All 51 Dental Offices

PORTLAND, Oregon – Willamette Dental announced today that it is taking measures to help protect the environment by installing amalgam separators in 51 dental offices located in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The amalgam separators will remove mercury and mercury-containing items from dental wastewater and can reduce up to 95 percent of discharged mercury.

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Discus Dental's Zip! Premium Diamonds: 25% Faster Cutting

CULVER CITY, California – Independent studies show that Discus Dental's new Zip! Premium Diamond Burs are, on average, 25% faster cutting than four leading competitors.* Zip! Premium Burs are manufactured with proprietary single-layering bonding technology to achieve superior retention of individual particles on both the tips and edges of the bur. This not only minimizes clogging during use, but creates a faster, cooler cut.

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Raintree Essix Earns ISO 13485 Certification

Metairie, LA Raintree Essix, L.L.C., a manufacturer and distributor of orthodontic supplies, today announced that it has achieved ISO 13485 certification from BSI, Inc., a quality management systems registrar.

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Patient Safety Update Dental Amalgam

SACRAMENTO, California – Dentists and their patients should have the last word when it comes to treatment decisions, especially on choices regarding dental restorative materials, according to comments by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official at a recent house subcommittee meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Latex Allergy: Are You at Risk?

CHICAGO, Illinois – The very gloves a dentist wears to protect patients from infection and disease could be a danger to their health if those gloves are made from latex and they are allergic to the substance.

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California Dental Association Implements Local Permit Program in San Francisco Program Takes Effect in 2004

SACRAMENTO, California – San Francisco dentists will be the first in the state to have the option of installing amalgam separators, due to a formalized joint program recently announced by the California Dental Association (CDA) and the San Francisco Bureau of Environmental Regulation & Management (BERM). The local wastewater permit program will begin to take effect in January of 2004.

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Dental Amalgam Safe, Patient Choice Encouraged In U.S. House Subcommittee Testimony

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – "Health care policy must be based on sound science because our patients deserve nothing less," stresses Frederick Eichmiller, D.D.S., director, American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation's Paffenbarger Research Center, Gaithersburg, Maryland. "To that end, I must set the record straight concerning misconceptions that some hold about a common dental filling referred to as dental amalgam."

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The California Dental Association Addresses False Statements by Environmental Group

SACRAMENTO, California – In response to a press release issued today by an environmental group regarding a soon-to-be released court decision, the California Dental Association (CDA) denies As You Sow attorney Shawn Khorrami's statements that CDA admitted the tooth restorative material, amalgam is unsafe to use in a dental patient. "The settlement is unrelated to any health effects of amalgam and CDA continues to maintain its position that amalgam is a safe and cost effective material for the restoration of decayed teeth and is not deleterious to a dental patients health," stated Dr. Dennis Kalebjian, President of the CDA.

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Dental Fillings Take on Other Roles

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Dentists are not only using dental fillings that are natural looking to restore teeth, but can also help to ward off tooth decay and, in the future, perform other therapeutic functions, according to Alan A. Boghosian, D.D.S., a leading dental materials researcher and private Chicago practitioner.

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Science Versus Emotion in Dental Filling Debate: Who Should Choose What Goes in Your Mouth?

CHICAGO, Illinois – The growing debate over the safety of silver-colored fillings, known as dental amalgam, pits science against emotion, and consumers are caught in the crossfire, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

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Government Study of Dental Fillings Due in 2006

BETHESDA, Maryland – Large-scale studies by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are currently under way to provide definitive scientific answers to many of the questions raised about silver-colored dental fillings referred to as amalgam.

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Dentists Reassure Patients Confused About Dental Filling Safety

CHICAGO, Illinois – A new survey indicates one in four people have heard that silver-colored fillings (amalgam) are "bad for you" or could cause health problems, despite assurances from major U.S. health agencies that this is not the case. According to the findings, patients who ask about the safety of amalgam during their dental visits are more likely to choose the silver-colored filling than those who do not ask.

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Dentistry Backs Proper Handling, Recycling of Dental Amalgam Waste

CHICAGO, Illinois – While providing the best possible oral health care to patients is the top priority of dentists, the American Dental Association (ADA) says its members also are committed to the public's health through protection of the environment.

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Scientists Report New Resin Matrix Passes Initial Tests

BETHESDA, Maryland – Scientists report in this month's issue of the journal Dental Materials that two synthetic molecules designed in their laboratory to improve the durability of composite fillings had acceptable strength and good biocompatibity during initial tests.

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Discus Dental Disputes BriteSmile's Complaint

LOS ANGELES, California – Discus Dental, Inc., the nation's leading developer of tooth whitening and dental hygiene products for the professional dental community, announced today that the company vigorously disputes the allegations of unfair business practices and tortious interference, as expressed in a recent press release from competitor BriteSmile.

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Dentist The Menace?

WASHINGTON, DC - A first-of-its-kind comprehensive report that looks at the environmental impacts of the dental industry's use of mercury is being released June 5 by the Mercury Policy Project and Health Care Without Harm. Among other significant findings, the report reveals that dentists are now the third largest users of mercury in the U.S. and are the single largest polluter of mercury to the nation's wastewater treatment plants.

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ESSIX PLASTICS Provide a Variety of Uses

METAIRIE, Louisiana – Used for retainers, temporary bridges, nightguards, bite planes and even minor tooth movement, Essix Plastics offer superior clarity, durability, and flexibility. Each plastic, the Essix A+, Essix Embrace, Essix C+ and the Essix U-C-ME provide the clinician with special features designed to achieve the desired outcome and maximum customer satisfaction.

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Canadian Dentists and Environment Canada Work Toward Common Goal

OTTAWA, Ontario – The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and Environment Canada (EC) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will lead to a reduction in the amount of dental amalgam waste discharged into the environment.

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Sulzer Dental Introduces Puros™ Allograft Bone Graft Material

CARLSBAD, California – Sulzer Dental, The Practice Building Company™, announces the introduction of Puros™, an allograft bone grafting material, to its regenerative product line. Puros is manufactured by Tutogen Medical, Inc., which utilizes its patented Tutoplast® process for tissue preservation and viral inactivation to ensure that the product is safe and effective.

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University of Calgary Mercury Study Released

CALGARY, Alberta – In a recent study published in the journal NeuroReport, researchers from the University of Calgary suggest that exposure to mercury chloride causes breakdown of brain neurons in snails. In the discussion of the results, the visual observations reported in the study are speculatively associated with Alzheimer's disease.

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The Side Effects Of Dental Amalgam May Be All In The Mind

Health campaigners have for years blamed amalgam fillings for a host of neurological disorders, from impaired mental development to Alzheimer's disease. But a new study by German scientists suggests that many people who complain about the side effects of amalgam are unwittingly using it as a scapegoat for disorders that have other causes.

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Dual X-Ray Technique Analyzes Structure Of Dental Alloys

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers at Ohio State University have employed a combination of two X-ray techniques to discover new information about the structure of oxide layers on dental alloys. With this knowledge, manufacturers of alloys for crowns, bridges, and other dental restorations can explore stronger dental materials.

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Sulzer Calcitek Announces Patent of Hydroxyapatite (HA) Coating Technology

CARLSBAD, California – Sulzer Calcitek announces the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued Patent Number 5,730,598 for the company's HA dental implants and its MP-1 coating process for treating dental implants plasma sprayed with HA.

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Silver Fillings Going to Court

TOTONTO, Ontario – Almost one year to the day of the initial announcement, the lawyers representing Canadians For Mercury Relief today CONFIRMED that they are ready and that the long awaited lawsuit pertaining to use of "Dental Mercury Amalgam" in Canada will be filed on March 31.

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Sulzer Calcitek Announces Breakthrough in Hydroxyapatite (HA) Coating Technology

CARLSBAD, California – "We're very excited about the MP-1™ process--it's the first major breakthrough in HA dental implant coating technology in years, " says Steven Hanson, President of Sulzer Calcitek.

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