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Mercury: Dental Fillings

Volume 694: debated on Thursday 26 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Answer by Lord Rooker on 16 July (Official Report, cols. 1-4), how and when the proposals to reduce the mercury in dental fillings were communicated to dentists and the Dental Practitioners Association. [HL4956]

The composition of mercury amalgam in dental restorations has not changed but, as the table below indicates, the amount of mercury used in dentistry is declining as a result of improvements in the oral health of the population and the development of alternative restorative materials.

Numbers of mercury amalgam restorations in England and Wales.

2002-03

8,024,760

2003-04

7,690,215

2004-05

6,557,319