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September 27, 2006

Risks of Dental Amalgam in Children

JAMA. 2006;296(12):1461. doi:10.1001/jama.296.12.1461-a

To the Editor: The clinical trials by Dr Bellinger and colleagues1 and Dr DeRouen and colleagues2 concluded that there is no evidence of an association between exposure to mercury vapor released from amalgams and human health risks. We disagree. Exposure to mercury vapor is causally linked to oral lichen planus, a chronic inflammatory disease of oral mucosa.3

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