Family & Relationships Silver fillings for under-15s now restricted

13:25  02 july  2018
13:25  02 july  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Dentists are to phase down the use of silver fillings from next month.The Irish Dental Association (IDA) says dental amalgam contains several metals including m. From July 1, this type of filling will no longer be used in baby teeth for children under 15 or pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Dental care: The move follows an EU directive (Rui Vieira/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The move follows an EU directive (Rui Vieira/PA) The use of silver fillings in baby teeth and children under the age of 15 will be restricted from Monday.

The move comes following an EU directive and restricts the use of the amalgam fillings in children except when strictly necessary.

The directive is part of an EU push to reduce the release of mercury into the environment.

It also restricts amalgam fillings for pregnant or breastfeeding women, again unless deemed necessary by the dental practitioner.

Northern Ireland’s Chief Dental Officer Simon Reid said dentists across the UK have been avoiding amalgam when treating pregnant women for the last 20 years.

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I have 7 silver fillings from when i got them put in between the ages of 15-30. I’m 36 right now and the new dentist recommended to switch to composite as it will bond better to the tooth and it won’t decay like the silver fillings and less likely to needing a crown in the future.

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“The new EU directive is not a reflection on any specific safety concerns and there is no evidence of any real direct health risk from amalgam,” he said.

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“Methods used by dentists in its preparation, use, and disposal, already reduce any exposure to mercury.

“Your dental professional will be able to offer you the best advice for your situation and explain what filling material is most appropriate for your needs.

“This may still be amalgam. It is still an effective filling material for particular situations, and the EU and UK Regulations allow exemptions when amalgam can be safely used in the same way that it has for many years.”

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Mr Reid added people should work to prevent the need for fillings by minimising dental decay.

  Silver fillings for under-15s now restricted © provided by Shutterstock “Firstly, reduce the consumption of food and drinks that contain sugars, particularly at bedtime,” he said.

“Secondly, brush at least last thing at night, and another time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste. Your dental team can advise on toothpaste strength and quantity.

“Thirdly, visit your dentist regularly, taking your children from a very early age.”

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