Dental Amalgam:
A Scientific Review and Recommended Public Health Service Strategy for Research, Education and Regulation

Final Report of the Subcommittee on Risk Management of
the Committee to Coordinate Environmental Health and Related Programs

Public Health Service

January 1993

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Table of Contents

Introductory letter from James O. Mason, M.D., Dr.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Health

Introductory letter from James S. Benson, Chairman, subcommittee on Risk Management

Members of the Subcommittee on Risk Management


Perspectives on Dental Caries Prevention and Tooth Restorations

Highlights of the Report

Amalgam Use and Benefits

Amalgam Risks


Selection of a Dental Restorative Material

Policies on Dental Amalgam




Recommended PHS Strategy

Contributors to the Report