FDA Settles Lawsuit Over Mercury In Dental Fillings

By Elaine Chow (June 5, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Mercury in silver dental fillings could pose a health risk to children, fetuses and pregnant women, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday after settling a lawsuit related to the matter.

"Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses," the FDA said.

"Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure ... should not avoid seeking dental care but should discuss options with their health practitioner."

As part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by consumer advocacy groups, the...

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