Boom for Dentists, But Not for Teeth. This news should end the ADA’s ridiculous position that mercury fillings are the only way to serve the poor-- the facts are that ADA blocks the very programs that will serve the poor.
Here is my letter to the editor:
Re: Am. Dental Assoc. responsible for abysmal oral health care for the poor
To the Editor, In "Boom Times for Dentistry" [Oct. 11], reporter Alex Berenson explains the economic forces that lead to abysmal oral health care for America’s working poor. By focusing on public relations, political aggrandizement, and amassing wealth for dentists, the American Dental Association bears primary responsibility. By controlling the process of who gets appointed to dental boards, the ADA and its state affiliates use this power effectively to prevent competition from dental hygienists, those willing and able to serve the poor. The nation’s two-tiered system of oral health care is manifested in the continued use of mercury amalgam -- which the ADA deceptively calls ‘silver fillings’ -- on lower-income American, while upper-income Americans receive non-toxic alternatives. This duality was characterized by an NAACP witness testifying before Congress as ‘mercury for the poor and choice for the rich.’
Charles G. Brown, National Counsel
Consumers for Dental Choice
316 F St., N.E., Suite 210, Washington, DC 20002
Ph. 202.544-6333; fax 544-6331
See the story of a Maryland boy dying after the infection from a tooth spreads to his brain. His mother couldn't afford dental work. For Want of a Dentist
See Michael Bender's report, Dentist, the Menace: The Uncontrollable Release of Dental Mercury" which showed that dentist's offices are the number one source of mercury pollution in city waste water. Cities are not equipped to clean up the mercury from the waste water, so the water is cleaned for bacteria but then released back into streams to contaminate the fish with mercury. Some of the mercury stays behind in the sludge where it is spread on our crops.