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Make Dental Amalgam History


(In photo: IAOMT-Philippines' Dr Lillian Lasaten-Ebuen, DENR's Usec. Cuna, and BAN Toxics' Atty Richard Gutierrez)

26 September 2017 - Geneva, Switzerland 0 Dr Lillian Lasaten-Ebuen, President and Executive Director of the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) in the Philippines is currently taking part in the historic conference on mercury.

From 2011 to the present, Dr Ebuen has been at the forefront of the campaign towards mercury-free dentistry in the Philippines and via participating in local and international conferences on mercury and mercury-containing products. In 2013, the Minamata Convention on Mercury finally came to fruition but the work is far from over. To date, 79 countries have ratified the treaty and are taking steps in reducing mercury consumption.

While heavy industries such as coal-fired power plants and cement kilns are the biggest mercury polluters, sectors such as artisanal gold mining and the dental profession are also significant contributors.

Dr Ebuen and IAOMT-Philippines has been conducting lectures and awareness raising activities to both consumers and the Philippine dental sector and is working hand in hand with government agencies in drafting policies to phase-out dental amalgam use.

"It's about time we move forward and bring Philippine dentistry to the 21st century.", states Dr. Ebuen. "Dental amalgam use is outmoded and studies have consistently shown that -€ from application to disposal - it puts the health of the patient and dental professionals at risk.

This week, Dr Lillian Lasaten Ebuen, together with government representatives and advocates from other NGOs will be reiterating the most important call of making dental amalgam history.