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The Importance of Dental Waste Management and the Ways to Properly Execute It

NacamuBossardNov 1, 2018, 4:49:01 PM
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Going to the dentist regularly is very important to ensure that we still have healthy dental health. One of the most common dental services that we often avail is the filling of damaged tooth, right? For us patients, we don't know anything about the content of the materials used by dentists to fill our tooth but for the dentists, they know that they are using something that has mercury in it and that is the amalgam. Amalgam may have mercury content but it is very safe to use because of the mixed chemicals that prevent the mercury from causing harm to the person. But, have we ever thought of how the amalgam is being disposed now that we know it has mercury content?

Amalgam is also a waste product of dentists. Therefore, it has to be disposed properly since there is mercury content to it. Therefore, it is the task of the dentists to have a standard dental waste management procedure in disposing the amalgam to prevent the mercury in getting freed. Thus, reading this article is a great help to give the dentist a brief guide on how to properly dispose of the waste.

Basically, you should start with waste recycling. The basic thing that anyone should do is to ensure that they are safe. So, you have to wear safety gears such as your gloves, protective eyewear and mask so that you will not be harmed once you get exposed to the waste such as the amalgam that has mercury content. After which, there must already be a waste disposal team waiting for your waste such as the amalgam to be disposed properly. This waste management team is also known as recycler because they are the ones who offer recycling services for the amalgam waste. So, make sure that you already have a company that you can trust with this kind of service. Although their basic task is to collect the waste, they must also be able to store the waste properly and transport it, too. A reliable dental waste disposal and recycling company must also practice the correct disposal of the waste otherwise, find the right one to handle the service. Another task that you need to accomplish before the waste disposal team collect the waste is for you to place the amalgam inside a safe container that has a cover and labelled correctly. It will depend on the recycler on what label you should be writing on the container. Your recycler and waste collector will guide you on the proper way of handling your waste so that it will be easier for them to pick it up and safer on your end. See more about Amalgam Recycling here.

Read more additional details:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amalgam_(dentistry)