Costa Mesa, California has become the first city in the United States to call for an immediate end to dental amalgam, the controversial filling material that is 50% mercury. Voting 5-0 on 19 October 2010, the Costa Mesa City Council adopted the resolution* sponsored by Councilman Gary Monahan that (1) calls on federal and state agencies to eliminate amalgam, (2) asks dentists in Costa Mesa to cease using mercury and switch to non-toxic alternatives, and (3) requests that the other 33 cities in Orange County join Costa Mesa in opposing dental mercury. While as a resolution, it does not actually ban amalgam, it is an important step toward ending this health and environmental scourage.
"There are so many alternatives and I can't understand why we're
putting this in our mouth," explained Councilman Monahan. “[I]t's
incredibly dangerous to people getting them and to the environment.”
The watershed Monahan Resolution is the first success for Californians
for Green Dentistry, a new project of Consumers for Dental Choice.
Californians for Green Dentistry has a trio of dedicated leaders:
Director Anita Vazquez Tibau spearheaded the strategy leading to
this resolution along with dental hygienist Marisa Russo and