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Type: Journal article
Title: The Australian public's perception of mercury risk from dental restorations
Author: Thomson, W.
Stewart, J.
Carter, K.
Spencer, A.
Citation: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 1997; 25(6):391-395
Publisher: MUNKSGAARD INT PUBL LTD
Issue Date: 1997
ISSN: 0301-5661
1600-0528
Abstract: The debate about mercury and dental amalgam has been one of the longest running in dentistry, and shows no signs of abating. This study aimed to investigate perceptions about mercury in dental fillings among a representative sample of the Australian public. A random sub-sample of participants in a national dental telephone interview survey completed a follow-up postal questionnaire which included four items on dental mercury. The postal survey response rate was 85.2%. Concern about mercury in dental fillings was expressed by 37.5%, while 16.2% reported having requested fillings that do not contain mercury. Avoidance of dental care because of concern about mercury in fillings was reported by 5.8%, but only 4.7% reported having had fillings replaced because they contained mercury. The data indicate that there is a substantial degree of concern about mercury and dental amalgam among the Australian public, but that the dental behavioural and treatment-pattern consequences of that concern are infrequent.
Keywords: Humans; Mercury; Dental Amalgam; Retreatment; Follow-Up Studies; Dental Care; Dental Restoration, Permanent; Attitude to Health; Health Behavior; Dental Anxiety; Age Factors; Sex Factors; Social Class; Public Opinion; Telephone; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Middle Aged; Oral Health; Educational Status; Australia; Female; Male; Interviews as Topic; Surveys and Questionnaires
RMID: 0030003045
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0528.1997.tb01728.x
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