When you‚Äôre sitting in the dentist‚Äôs chair waiting to have a cavity filled, you don‚Äôt see the package the amalgam filling comes in. But if you did your eye might well be drawn to a couple of ‚Äúcontraindications,‚ÄĚ med-speak for ‚Äúsituations in which the dentist should not use this product.‚ÄĚ In addition to ho-hum warnings about not using the amalgam, which contains about as much mercury as a thermometer, in patients known to be allergic to amalgam (duh), the manufacturers say it should not be used in children age 6 and under, or in pregnant women.
The reason, of course, is that mercury is a known neurotoxin, especially dangerous to developing brains. For decades anti-mercury activists have pushed the industry to develop substitutes (so-called composites, or resins, are now available), and even to persuade people to have their fillings ripped out, but have made very little headway.
Article: The reason, of course, is that mercury is a known neurotoxin, especially dangerous to developing brains.
Nice, really smart, aren't we? Fill the hole, only to poison the people knowingly. Sounds like the better option is to just pull out the tooth. The things "civilized" society does to itself. Yet I am not surprised.