The Lessons from Mercury Dental Amalgam Phase Down for Developing Economies

Lessons from Mercury Dental Amalgam Phase Down.

  • GODWIN ToYIN AROTIBA College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Faculty of Dental Sciences
  • Adolphus Odogun Loto, loto College of Medicine, Lagos State University, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria Faculty of Dentistry
  • Ify Menakaya, ify College of Medicine, Lagos State University, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria Faculty of Dentistry
  • Yetunde Ajayi, buskyet College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Faculty of Dental Sciences,
  • Olabode Ijarogbe, alphabodex College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Faculty of Dental Sciences
  • Leslie Adogame, leslie Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADeV Nigeria), 18, Olorunlogbon Street, Anthony village, Lagos, Nigeria.

Abstract

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This paper highlighted six pertinent issues that developing economies should focus on with regards to mercury dental amalgam phase down. The need to set up structures for monitoring and evaluation of materials and technologies used in clinics, laboratories and hospitals was discussed as well as the need to provide research data on mercury pollution that may be peculiar to developing economies. The urgent need to update Dental Schools’ curricula and update the training of general Dental practitioners was also highlighted. A framework for curriculum development, review and update was proposed using the Minimum Intervention Treatment Plan (MITP). Two other caries management pathways-the International Caries Classification and Management System Caries Management Pathway (ICCMS-CaMP) and the Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA-CaMP) were also highlighted. A “frog-leaping’ phase-down approach was proposed that took cognizance of the poor infrastructure for waste management in developing economies. Opportunities for new oral health policy initiatives with regards to the integration of oral health into national and international health agenda were also highlighted.


 


 

Published
Mar 15, 2019
How to Cite
AROTIBA, GODWIN ToYIN et al. The Lessons from Mercury Dental Amalgam Phase Down for Developing Economies. African Journal of Oral Health, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 2, p. 29-39, mar. 2019. ISSN 0189-5710. Available at: <http://ajoh.oauife.edu.ng/index.php/ajoh/article/view/52>. Date accessed: 23 may 2019.