ADA chastises 'Dr. Oz Show' for amalgam segment

By DrBicuspid Staff

March 29, 2013 -- The ADA has released a statement saying it "strongly objects" to a March 28 segment of the "Dr. Oz Show" about dental amalgam, alleging that the show relied on sensationalism while ignoring sound science.

The segment -- titled "Are Your Silver Fillings Making You Sick?" -- focused on conjecture rather than fact, according to ADA President Robert Faiella, DMD, MMSc. Producers for the show rejected requests by the organization to provide credible scientific experts to participate, the ADA noted.

The segment failed to explain that the best approach is to avoid all types of fillings with proper oral care, visits to the dentist, and a healthy diet, said Dr. Faiella.

The segment portrayed dental amalgam, or silver-colored fillings, as a health risk. In a demonstration, vapor was measured after brushing amalgam fillings in a synthetic mouth model. The ADA said that the closed, dry environment does not simulate real-world conditions in the mouth and that the water protein barrier in the mouth reduces vapor activity.

In its statement, the ADA noted that major U.S. and international health and scientific organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration, agree that dental amalgam is safe and effective for patients based on extensive scientific evidence.

Other organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Alzheimer's Association have previously posted public statements about amalgam based on scientific evidence.

The ADA characterized amalgam as one of several safe and effective choices available to dental patients.

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