Dentists, dental professionals, government representatives and environmental leaders demanded immediate steps to phase out mercury from dentistry by 2018.
They came up with the demand during a workshop titled “Mercury Free Dentistry: Way Forward” at Dhanmondi organized by Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) and Environment and Social Development Organization -- ESDO in association with Asian Center for Environmental Health on Saturday.
At the workshop, the experts said dental amalgam is a material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It poses a risk to the health of children, pregnant women, nursing infants and people with impaired kidney function, said a press release of Social Development Organization.
Due to mercury exposure from amalgam in the workplace, dentists, students, technicians and patients may suffer from the problems of elevated mercury level in blood. Amalgam pollutes air, water and soil via dental clinic release. Many alternatives such as glass ionomers, resin composites are now available.
The session was chaired by Syed Marghub Murshed, former secretary and chairperson of ESDO. Charles G Brown, head of the American National Counsel of Consumers for Dental Choice, and President of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry was present as the special guest.
“I urge the government to implement law against the dental amalgam in order to protect mass health and environment from mercury pollution,” said Syed Marghub Murshed.
Among others, Dr. Humayun Kabir Bulbul, Secretary General, BDS, Dr AKM Shariful Islam, Vice President, Dr. Shahriar Hossain, Secretary General, and Siddika Sultana, executive director of ESDO, were present at the meeting.