The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert on
mercury dental fillings last month. However British regulators seem to have
taken no notice of this alert even though patients in Britain have about eight
million mercury fillings a year.
The Department of Health in the UK has said the volume of
mercury fillings in England and Wales had decreased by 15 percent in
2004-05 "These fillings are a safe,
durable and affordable cavity choice for dental patients that do not pose a
health risk," a spokesman said.
Many campaigners are not satisfied blaming these fillings
on a variety of ailments including fatigue, depression heart conditions and
The FDA seems to admit that there are problems saying,
"Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the
nervous systems of developing children and foetuses."
Currently Norway and
Denmark have outlawed mercury fillings, while Japan and Finland have strict
regulations in place.