Norfolk Local Dental Committee
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Amalgam Phase out 

Dec 2017


The Minamata Treaty was introduced to phase out the used of amalgam. This means that dental amalgam used will slowly be phased out from the dental practice.  


In relation to dental amalgam, it stipulates the following (Courtesy of the BDA):


  • Dental amalgam only to be used in pre-dosed encapsulated form; use of bulk mercury by the practitioner prohibited (from 1 January 2019)
  • Mandatory use of amalgam separators (from 1 January 2019)
  • Service standards from Jan 2019: mandatory retention of at least 95% of amalgam particles for separators installed from Jan 2018, and for all separators by 1 January 2021
  • Dentists to ensure that their amalgam waste is handled and collected by an authorised waste management establishment
  • Member States to set out a national plan (by 1 July 2019) on the measures they intend to implement to phase down the use of dental amalgam
  • No use of amalgam in the treatment of deciduous teeth, children under 15 years and pregnant or breastfeeding women, except when strictly deemed necessary by the practitioner on the ground of specific medical needs of the patient (from 1 July 2018)
  • The Commission to report (by 30 June 2020), on the outcome of its assessment regarding:
    • the need for the Union to regulate mercury emissions from crematoria;
    • the feasibility of a phase out of dental amalgam use in the long term, and preferably by 2030, taking into account national plans for measures to phase down amalgam use, and respecting Member States' competence for the organisation and delivery of health services and medical care.

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Dental Check by 1 #DCby1

September 2017


This month the British Society of Paediatric Dentists launched a “Dental Check by 1” campaign at their annual BSPD’s annual conference in Manchester.  The aim of the campaign is to increase the number of 0-2 year olds who come in for a check-up and start their dental experience with a positive start.


The BSPD press release quoted: “Claire Stevens, a consultant in paediatric dentistry and President of BSPD who said:

“Children as young as two and three are being admitted to hospital for

extractions under general anaesthetic which is why we need to reach families

early to provide support on prevention. We hope Dental Check by One will raise

awareness of looking after children’s teeth from an early age – baby teeth do



BSPD have kindly allowed any practice who are committed to the campaign to use the DCby1 logo.


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