Dental Amalgam- Anthropogenic Aspects
Keywords:Dental Amalgam, Mercury, Environment, Biomedical waste disposal, environmentalhazard,waste management
Mercury is released in the environment by various natural and anthropogenic activities. As mercury is toxic,
presence of high levels of mercury in the environment is a major concern. One source of mercury in humans
is dental amalgam fillings. Dental amalgam has been used for ages in dental clinics and dental hospitals
for restoring defective and decayed teeth. This raises concern regarding the use of dental amalgam and
its disposal. The purpose of this article is to sensitize people about the hazards of mercury, make them
cognizant with guidelines regarding the use of mercury in dental clinics and enforce the use of alternatives
to mercury when possible.
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