Costa Mesa, California is the first city in the United States to call for an immediate end to dental amalgam.
Dental amalgam is a filling material that is 50 percent mercury. The resolution calls on federal and state agencies to eliminate amalgam, and asks dentists in Costa Mesa to switch to non-toxic alternatives.
The resolution does not actually ban amalgam, but it is an important step toward ending a scourge of both health and the environment.
“The watershed Monahan Resolution is the first success for Californians for Green Dentistry, a new project of Consumers for Dental Choice … At the city council hearing … dentists, health professionals, injured consumers, scientists, advocates, and even former Californian Dental Board member Dr. Chet Yokoyama… offered poignant testimony calling for a ban on dental mercury.”
WellSphere October 27, 2010