Monday, November 1, 2010

California Dental Board Will Consider Revising Watson Law

Dear Californians,

For the first time since 2004, the Dental Board of California will consider revisions to its Fact Sheet, the information each dentist must give each patient to comply with the Watson Law. The Fact Sheet is required to tell patients about the risks of mercury amalgam, but the Dental Board also loaded it up with propaganda in favor of dental mercury.

The Dental Board -- now devoid of the outstanding consumer advocates like Kevin Biggers and Dr. Chet Yokoyama who used to be Members -- will be meeting this Friday, November 5, at a hotel near LAX. We will be there to fight for a strong fact sheet. Anita Vazquez Tibau, head of our Californians for Green Dentistry, will lead a delegation of consumers and health professionals at the dental board meeting. If you wish to attend, please write Anita & me at

The meeting is at the Embassy Suites LAX/South, 1440 E. Imperial Ave., El Segundo CA 90245, again, Friday, November 5. Potential revision of the Fact Sheet is Agenda Item 7, which suggests it will be taken up in the late morning or early afternoon. To be ready, Anita will be there when the meeting opens, at 8:00 a.m. The agenda of the two-day meeting (Nov. 4 and 5) can be found at

We appreciate any time you can volunteer on this project.

-- Charlie


LNH Note: The Watson Law, passed in 1992, requires the Dental Board to list the risks of mercury and other dental fillings. The previous Dental Board ducked its responsibilities under the Watson Law so blatantly, that the legislature shut the Board down. The Figueroa Amendment, passed in 2001, requires dentists to distribute a consumer-friendly fact sheet to patients. Have you ever received one from your dentist?


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