The Bait-and-Switch Tactics on Mercury Amalgam

Consumers for Dental Choice is a small, effective organization with the solitary mission of bringing mercury-free dentistry to North America and the world.

For 20 years, Consumers for Dental Choice has been working to protect your right to choose mercury-free dentistry. When Consumers for Dental Choice was founded back in 1996, times were grim for consumers and right-thinking dentists.

The latter were tyrannized about the mercury issue; only 3 percent would admit to being mercury-free.

A Mercury Triangle — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the State dental boards — conspired to make sure consumers were told that amalgam is “silver.” Hardly any of us outside dentistry had any idea that dentists were plowing our mouths full of mercury.
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Charlie Brown, president of Consumers for Dental Choice and former attorney general for West Virginia, and his team took on the Mercury Triangle — first defeating the dental boards, one by one, and then destroying the gag rule — the order that dentists stand silent about the mercury.

Consumers for Dental Choice won fact sheets in some states, then beat the FDA in court, forcing the agency to take its first step ever on amalgam: classifying it.


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