Dear Sir or Madam,

It is now 11 years since the COT reiterated the statement below. As new evidence is coming to light every day what plans are their to have an independent review of their ( flawed in my opinion ) findings.

Below is a copy of their statement which the Dept of Health publish.

"COT last considered the safety of dental amalgam in 1986 when they noted that dental amalgams containing mercury had been used for 150 years and concluded that their use was free from risk of systemic toxicity and that only a very few cases of hypersensitivity occurred. In their latest statement the committee state that these conclusions remain unchanged."

Does the Dept of Health still stand by this statement

Yours faithfully,

Tim Hayward

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Yours faithfully,

Tim Hayward

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Dear Mr Hayward,

Thank you for your email of 26 August to the Department of Health about the use of dental amalgam containing mercury for fillings. I have been asked to reply.

As you know, in the UK, the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) issued a statement on the toxicity of dental amalgam in 1997 which concluded that the use of dental amalgam is free from risk of systemic toxicity and that only a very few cases of adverse reactions occur, despite its widespread use over the past 150 years.

The general view amongst experts remains that dental amalgam is the most convenient and durable material for filling cavities in back teeth. ‘White’ fillings are available for restoring front teeth but the use of white fillings on back teeth is more for cosmetic reasons.than for clinical effectiveness.

NHS dentists can, however, use white fillings on back teeth, providing this is clinically necessary, such as when exceptionally a patient is allergic to mercury.

As a precautionary measure, it is advised to avoid the placement or removal of amalgam fillings during pregnancy unless clinically necessary, although there is no evidence of any harm to unborn children from the use of amalgam.

Other studies confirm the Department’s policy of the use of dental amalgam, including a 1997 assessment by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which concurred with COT’s review. WHO stated that dental amalgam restorations are considered safe, but components of amalgam and other dental restorative materials may, in rare instances, cause local side-effects or allergic reactions. The small amount of mercury released from amalgam restorations, especially during placement and removal, has not been shown to cause any other adverse health effects.

In 1998, a report by an expert group working on behalf of the European Commission concluded, on the basis of currently available data, that mercury from dental amalgam restorations does not cause an unacceptable health risk to the general population. All dental restorative materials, including dental amalgam and its alternatives, have the potential for causing some adverse reactions, and most contain components which might be toxic, but only at much higher doses than is obtained from dental use.

In February 2002, the United States Food and Drug Administration reported evidence which came to similar conclusions to the EC, namely that no valid scientific evidence has ever shown that amalgams cause harm to patients with dental restorations, except in the rare case of allergy.

More recently, in May 2008 the European Commission Scientific Committee (SCENHIR) produced a report on safety of dental amalgam. This concluded that, the current use of dental amalgam did not pose a risk of systemic disease. It further continued to advise caution when considering placement of any dental restorative material in pregnant women. The link to the website is http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/commi...

The Department of Health concurs with the conclusions of the SCENHIR report. It will, however, continue to ensure that our advice on the use of amalgam reflects the best available international evidence.

I hope this reply is helpful. "

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