Petitioning Local Action Against Dental Amalgam Contributing to Toxic Mercury Pollution

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Dentists and consumers are uniting to take an environmental approach to banning the use of mercury in the dental amalgam filling. Dental offices have been found to be major contributors of mercury in our water and fish. Dr. James Rota will be speaking at free seminar about the dangers of the silver filling to people and the environment.

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I won’t put amalgam in anyone’s mouth, and I certainly won’t put it in the water supply. I am not required by law to have a dental amalgam separator in my office, but it is just the right thing to do.

Grass roots groups are forming across the country to address the environmental impact of the silver/mercury amalgam dental filling in local communities.    Now, concerned citizens may sign an online petition to ban the use of dental mercury. Dr. James Rota, DDS, is also hosting a free seminar on September 22, at 6:30 pm, discussing safe removal of the toxic dental silver amalgam filling, detoxification, and biological dentistry. Attendees may also sign a petition to the Santa Monica City Council to take a “green approach” to dentistry.

According to Californians for Green Dentistry, “The mercury implanted into the teeth of unsuspecting patients ultimately ends up back in our environment: (1) in our water via dental clinic releases and household toilets; (2) in our air via cremation, sludge incineration, dental clinic emissions, and human respiration; and (3) in our land via landfills, burials, and fertilizer.”

Mercury is a well-known neurotoxin. Once mercury is discharged to the environment, it converts to methylmercury, a very toxic form, and bioaccumulates in fish. The EPA has designated mercury as its Number One hazardous waste. Amalgam is made up of approximately 40% to 50% mercury, 25% silver, and a 25% to 35% mixture of copper, zinc, and tin.

Dr. James Rota, DDS, a pioneer in holistic dentistry, also practices “green dentistry” by using a dental amalgam separator for the past ten years. “I won’t put amalgam in anyone’s mouth, and I certainly won’t put it in the water supply. I am not required by law to have a dental amalgam separator in my office, but it is just the right thing to do.”

Manufacturers of dental amalgam separators, such as M.A.R.S Bio-Med Processes Inc., claim that their equipment will remove 99% of mercury discharge in the dentist office wastewater. Even if the use of mercury in dental fillings was banned, amalgam separators would still be necessary to prevent contamination of the water as people have the toxic amalgam fillings removed.

Californians pay to clean up after dentists that pollute the environment with mercury while the California Dental Association lobbies to block laws that would require dentists to be environmentally responsible. Californians For Green Dentistry encourages people to tell their city council that it is time to hold public hearings to address the dental mercury pollution problem in their own community.

Further speaking of dental amalgams, Dr. Rota strongly urges anyone who is considering having the silver mercury filling removed from their teeth to ensure that procedure is performed by a dentist that adheres to the IAOMT protocols. For more information about dental amalgams and mercury toxicity, visit

Dr. Rota holds monthly seminars about the dangers of dental amalgams, the connection of the mouth to the rest of the body, and detoxification. The next seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 6:30 pm in his Westwood office. For more information about holistic or biological dentistry or details about upcoming free seminars, contact Dori Rota or visit

About Dr. James Rota:
Dr. Rota offers holistic and biological dentistry in a caring and supportive environment. During his forty years in Dentistry, Dr. Rota has been a UCLA Assistant Professor and a pioneer in Dental Ergonomics, developing many work simplification standards now practiced by dentists as common procedure, including Four-Handed Dentistry. He also helped develop the protocols for safe mercury removal from the mouth, which are commonplace in Biological Dentistry today. Dr. Rota's office is located at 924 Westwood Boulevard, Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 90024.


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