Effective date: 10/21/2002

    (1) The Board of Dentistry has determined that claims regarding amalgam fillings as a causal factor in systemic illnesses are not supported by the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Public Health Service, or the National Institutes of Health. The Board therefore deems that the removal of amalgam fillings for the purported purpose of curing or preventing systemic illness constitutes alternative or complementary health care. In compliance with Florida Statutes § 456.41, any dentist performing such alternative or complementary health care treatment shall inform the patient of the following:
    (a) The nature of the treatment and the benefits and risks associated with the treatment; and,
    (b) The dentist’s education, experience and credentials regarding the complementary or alternative treatment option.
    (2) Each dentist shall indicate on the patient’s record the method(s) by which the requirements of Florida Statutes § 456.41, were met.
Rulemaking authorized by Florida Statutes § 466.004. Law Implemented 456.41, 466.028(1)(l), (w), (x), (y) FS. History—New 10-21-02.