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89% of Adolescents Consume Sports Drinks

89% of Adolescents Consume Sports Drinks

28 June 2017

Sports drinks continue to be popular among adolescents, with 89% of 12- to 14-year-olds consuming...

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European Commission Looks Into Eliminating Mercury from Dentistry

Mercury could be phased out from dentistry in Europe within five years.

The European Environmental Bureau and Mercury Policy Project welcomed a new study by the European Commission that suggests it’s best to eliminate dental amalgam during the next five years. The project will also focus on the improved enforcement of current waste legislation in Europe. The study recommends phasing out mercury usage in button cell batteries, as well.

Many studies worldwide have concluded that amalgam has negative long-term effects. Europeans countries like Sweden have already phased mercury. Denmark, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands have reduced its usage in a major way. Several other countries have some kind of policies in place to restrict mercury usage.

The positive thing for dentists is that mercury-free dental materials have become more prevalent in the past few years, while undergoing many improvements during the same stretch.

Based on research, the European Environmental Bureau recommends that mercury should be phased out as soon as possible.

In the United States, however, the opinion is different. There are some that dispute its negative long-term effects and there are no recommendations to completely phase it out as soon as possible.

The Wednesday Watch

Exclusive Interview: Patient Education and GentleWave

Exclusive Interview: Patient Education and GentleWave

21 June 2017

Patients are becoming more educated, as a world of information is readily available at our...

Technique of the Week

e-Prescribing with XLDent

e-Prescribing with XLDent

29 March 2017

Drs. David Andersen and Lora Nelson explain how easy e-Prescribing...

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Show Me the Way

Show Me the Way

02 May 2017

This year’s International Dental Show did not disappoint: 155,000 participants from 157 countries attended,...

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While implants have the mechanical availability to attach many different prosthetic options, many factors...

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