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All silver-colored dental fillings, also called dental amalgams, contain approximately 50% mercury. Mercury is harmful to human health and the environment. Mercury is continuously released from amalgam fillings, and it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, liver, lung, and gastrointestinal tract.

“Although a number of other countries have banned or limited the use of silver amalgam fillings, dental mercury is currently used on about 45% of direct dental restorations worldwide, including in the USA.”