Scientists supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, report in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association the results of the first-ever randomized clinical trials to evaluate the safety of placing amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, in the teeth of children.
Both studies—one conducted in Europe, the other in the United
States—independently reached the conclusion: Children whose cavities were filled
with dental amalgam had no adverse health effects. The findings included no
detectable loss of intelligence, memory, coordination, concentration, nerve
conduction, or kidney function during the 5-7 years the children were followed.
The researchers looked for measurable signs of damage to the brain and kidneys
because previous studies with adults indicated these organs might be especially
sensitive to mercury.
The authors noted that children in both studies who received amalgam,
informally known as “silver fillings,” had slightly elevated levels of mercury
in their urine. But after several years of analysis, they determined the mercury
levels remained low and did not correlate with any symptoms of mercury
For full article: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/Research/ResearchResults/NewsReleases/ArchivedNewsReleases/NRY2006/PR04182006.htm
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