No evidence of danger of tooth fillings

August 29, 1991|By Cox News Service

WASHINGTON -- There is no evidence to support concern among some dentists that toxic mercury found in tooth fillings is a health threat, a U.S. government panel reports.

However, the 14 university scientists also agreed yesterday that additional study is needed before the mercury component of "amalgam" -- the gray metal that is packed into millions of tooth cavities in America every year -- can be confidently declared safe.

The committee said numerous reports connecting use of amalgam with nervous, psychiatric and allergic conditions had not been scientifically confirmed.

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