The call, by Costa Mesa City Council, could be the beginning of the end for amalgam fillings, even though dental associations maintain they are safe. Despite the assurances, Sweden has banned mercury fillings, and Austria and Germany has restricted their use.
The Costa Mesa resolution calls on state and federal agencies to eliminate amalgam fillings, urges dentists in the city to use safer alternatives, and invites the other 33 cities in Orange County to oppose dental mercury.
Evidence is showing that mercury vapours from the fillings are causing a range of chronic, systemic health problems. Several reports have confirmed that the fillings are a direct cause of Alzheimer's disease.