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2017-09-14 / Local News

Public input sought on Dental Law

Lorigo Lorigo Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo will hold a series of public input sessions to discuss the details in his proposed “Dental Law,” which would allow patients to know the country where their dental implants were made. The law comes after some implants, which were made abroad, were found to contain lead.

“Each year, thousands of people right here in Erie County undergo procedures to implant devices into their mouths, and I feel strongly that they deserve to know what the implant is made of and where it was made,” said Lorigo.

Earlier this year, Lorigo held a press conference on the issue, where he called for disclosure through the entire lifecycle of dental materials: from manufacturers to dentists to patients.

“Mandating that patients have this information will greatly improve the industry. It will make an already confusing and sometimes scary process more transparent and safer.”

Anyone wishing to discuss the proposed law is welcome to attend the public input sessions. The schedule is as follows:

• 11 a.m. – noon Monday, Sept. 18, at the Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora

• 11 a.m. – noon Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca

• 11 a.m. – noon Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Elma Senior Center, 3007 Bowen Road, Elma

“Federal law states that clothing and other goods have disclosure labels. If we know where our shoes are from, we should know where our crowns and bridges are from. It makes sense that the same disclosure requirements apply to dental devices and materials,” added Lorigo.

“This law will benefit many seniors who often need dental work, which is why I am bringing the discussion to their communities to hear their thoughts and suggestions.”

Registration is not required for this event. For additional information, call Lorigo at 858-8922 or email joseph.lorigo@ erie.gov.

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