More MS news articles for July 2001

Dental car: Expert advises against replacing sound fillings

You may have heard that the mercury in silver amalgam dental fillings can make you sick.

For nearly two decades, a vocal group of antiamalgamists have blamed fillings for diseases ranging from multiple sclerosis to chronic fatigue syndrome.

But a recent study at Columbia University that looked for a link between amalgam fillings and ill health has come up empty.

Dr. Irwin Mandel, D.D.S., professor of dentistry emeritus at Columbia concludes silver fillings do no harm and says advocating their removal because of health dangers is considered a breach of professional dental ethics.