Once again the Maine Dental Association and American Dental Association’s lobbying efforts have paid off. By a unanimus vote, the members of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Maine Legislature voted against releasing a bill (LD 146, HP 129, item 1, “An Act To Prohibit the Use of Mercury Amalgams in Dental Procedures for Children, Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers.”) to a vote on the floor of the house, thus killing it in committee.
At a time when our nation is taking great steps to reduce its exposure to mercury in products, medicine and the environment, dentists are the lone hold out in denying the cumulative toxic effects of mercury vapor exposure. With the unanimous “ought not to pass” vote of this bill, dentists are once again allowed to continually disregard the precautionary principle in regards to potential harm to patients health from mrcury exposure.
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An Act To Prohibit the Use of Mercury Amalgams in Dental Procedures for Children, Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers.
Sec. 1. 32 MRSA §1093-A is enacted to read: § 1093-A. Mercury amalgam fillings; prohibition
A dentist may not knowingly use mercury or a mercury amalgam in any dental procedure involving a person 17 years of age or younger, a woman who is pregnant or a woman who is nursing a child.
All of the following members of the Health and Human Services Committee Voted “Ought not to pass” the bill, thus killing it in committee.
Maine Dental Association MARCH 2011 The award for the legislative hero of 2011 went to Rep. Meredith Strang-Burgess of Cumberland, a long-time supporter of improving oral health in Maine. It may be in her blood— she is the daughter of the late Dr. Walter Strang, who practiced for many years in Camden. Rep. StrangBurgess has worked with the Maine Dental Association on several bills, and she is the primary sponsor in this Legislative Session of the MDA’s a bill to increase the fees paid by MaineCare.
Mark Eves – D
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