Gaithersburg, MD - 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.
The meeting comes on the heels of a July 2009 Final Rule (http://bit.
The Final Rule noted that "scientific studies using the most reliable methods have shown that dental amalgam exposes adults to amounts of elemental mercury vapor below or approximately equivalent to the protective levels of exposure identified by Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."
On December 14, Dr. Mary Tavares, DMD, MPH, testified (http://bit.
AADR continues to support the findings from the FDA 2009 Final Rule and the Association also supports the continual review of new scientific information regarding the safety of all dental products and materials, as it becomes available.
To see AADR's full comments to the FDA Panel, visit http://bit.
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About the American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), headquartered in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit organization with nearly 4,000 members in the United States. Its mission is: (1) to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; (2) to support and represent the oral health research community; and (3) to facilitate the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).