December 12, 2010

FDA to reexamine mercury dental fillings

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is going to review the risks mercury-containing dental fillings called amalgams pose to patients, officials say.

Mercury is a known toxin and many experts concern that vapors released from the mercury fillings would increase the risk of developing brain and kidney damage especially in children and the fetus of pregnant women.

On Friday, FDA agreed to review its last year's ruling on mercury-containing dental fillings that indicated amalgams are harmless for dental patients. Read more.