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Published Date: Oct 9, 2015
Assessment of Mercury Amalgam Use at Private Dental Clinics in Selected Main Cities of Pakistan
During the past two decades, mercury has come under increasing scrutiny with regard to its safety both in the general population and in occupationally exposed groups. It’s a growing issue of global concern because of its adverse environmental and health impacts. Low levels of inhaled mercury or chronic exposure to low level contamination in breathing zone air, can result in mercury poisoning which among other issues may damage the nervous system, lungs, and kidneys. Exposure to mercury of vulnerable population (dental professionals, healthcare workers, children, pregnant women and elderly) is of particular concern. Very few investigations on mercury amalgam use in the dentistry sector have been carried out in South Asia and there is little data reported on mercury contamination of indoor/outdoor air at dental sites.