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17 Dental Boards Informed




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This article is from the Amalgam and Mercury-free Dentistry FAQ.

17 Dental Boards Informed


The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has
taken steps to formally record that members of State Boards of
Dentistry are aware of the USPHS 1994 determination. Packages were
sent to individual members of Boards of Dentistry (BOD) in 39 states
(34 by certified mail/return receipt), starting in August of
1995. Besides the USPHS information, BOD members were also provided
with; 1) the 1992 American Dental Association (ADA) Court pleading
that ''the ADA owes no legal duty of care to protect the public from
allegedly dangerous products used by dentists'', 2) the April 1995
FASEB J. article portraying the published science questioning the
safety of dental amalgam and describing the widening gap between
medical scientists and the dental profession, 3) the June 1995 letter
from the Canadian Dental Association to its members warning of the
forthcoming Health Canada report which may call for a limitation of
amalgam fillings allowed for its citizens, 4) the 1993 statements of
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they have never
evaluated and classified mixed dental amalgam as an accepted Dental
Device, and 5) letters from the FDA and ADA that the responsibility
for the use of dental amalgam belongs to the practicing dentist, not
them. One state responded to the IAOMT by mail, stating that the
information has been placed before the Board. That state has now been
provided with an IAOMT certified letter (return receipt) pointing out
the Board's statutory obligation and requesting that the Board inform
the citizens and dentists of the state of the USPHS 1994
determination. A copy was also sent (certified mail/ return receipt)
to the Governor and Attorney General of the state.

 

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