The Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday that
mercury fillings in teeth may harm pregnant women as well as fetuses.
FDA spokeswoman Peper Long said that after settling a lawsuit
involving these fillings, the FDA will alert consumers about the dangers of
mercury on its website and introduce a specific guideline by next year.
"Pregnant women and persons who may have a health
condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure, including
individuals with existing high levels of mercury bioburden, should not avoid
seeking dental care, but should discuss options with their health
practitioner," the agency said on its website.
the lawsuit involved
several advocacy groups including Moms Against Mercury. Several groups have
asked the FDA to ban mercury fillings as it has been linked to brain and kidney