Health of Dentists
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Many other studies also show health effects on dental personnel as a result of exposure to mercury vapour and the mercury derived from their own fillings (12,80,81,82 ,84,85,151,178,209,210,211,212, 215,216,217,218,219,222,223, 224,225,226,227,228,229,230 ,231,232,233,239) .
The higher suicide rates of the dental profession are also well known and have been commented on many times (219,228,233,264,265,266,267). It is not known why this is so but it is foolish to ignore what IS known about the neurological, psychological and emotional effects of mercury vapour exposure. It is recognised and accepted that such effects include depression and suicidal tendencies. It is noteworthy that Simpson et al (1983) pointed out the probability that, for a variety of methodological and cultural reasons, the real incidence of suicide has been significantly under reported, perhaps by as much as 35%.