From 1 July 2018, UK law states that dental amalgam should not be used in the treatment of deciduous teeth, in children under 15 years-old, and in pregnant or breastfeeding women, except when deemed strictly necessary by a dentist based on the specific medical needs of the patient.The law has been passed on the basis of environmental concerns about mercury pollution, and does not reflect any evidence-based concerns about adverse effects of amalgam on human health.
What you need to do
- Follow the UK-wide guidance from the SDCEP on putting the new regulations into practice
- Print out the leaflets for Patients Under 15 Years Old, Parents or Carers of Patients Under 15 Years Old and Pregnant or Breastfeeding Patients
- View Discussion Points to inform conversations with your patients
- Read our FAQs.