Thursday, January 1, 2009

Dentists; who can You Trust

Mercury should not be ingested into the human body in any way.
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Dental industry gets an earful on mercury

WASHINGTON (AP) - People trust dentists with their health. Some members of Congress are more skeptical.

The dental industry, asked to testify Tuesday about pollution from mercury in tooth fillings, found itself under attack from lawmakers who blame mercury for everything from autism in children to skin discoloration.

The American Dental Association, before its spokesman testified, faced deeply personal diatribes from Reps. Dan Burton, R-Ind., and Diane E. Watson, D-Calif.

"Mercury should not be ingested into the human body in any way," he said.

Last month, the government warned for the first time that silver dental fillings and the mercury they contain may pose a safety concern for pregnant women and young children. The Food and Drug Administration posted the precaution on its Web site to settle a lawsuit.

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