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The Review spotlights amalgam separators

August 06, 2012

The August edition of ADA Professional Product Review has trained the spotlight on amalgam separators in anticipation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's release of a proposed rule on dental office mercury waste.

The EPA is expected to publish a final rule within the next two years that will mandate use of amalgam separators in most dental offices, said Dr. David Sarrett, editor of the Review. The ADA Laboratories purchased and tested nine separators for evaluation in the Review, which also includes a detailed discussion of practical issues to consider in the selection, installation and maintenance of amalgam separators in the dental office. Since the final EPA rule will likely require dentists to add this technology to their office, the August edition of the Review provides very timely information for making purchasing decisions.

Previously a quarterly printed publication distributed with JADA, the Review transitioned to an online quarterly publication in April with an executive summary published in JADA. The August issue is the second that is fully online. Visit to access the Review.