Proper dental waste disposal is a must for facilities dealing with commonly used dental materials. What is dental waste? Essentially, dental waste is the product of healthcare services when disposable items become contaminated with bodily fluids, such as blood. It also includes blades, needles, and other used sharp items. 

To protect humans and the environment, dental practices must dispose of these materials correctly. It’s not ordinary facility management. Regulations regarding the handling, storage, and dental waste disposal vary from state to state. 

As a result, many dental practices choose to use a specialized dental waste management company to stay compliant with the various regulations. 

Dental Waste Disposal Management Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: How do I dispose of dental waste with blood?

Dispose of gauze, dental bibs, and other items contaminated with a patient’s blood during treatment using proper biohazardous medical waste disposal methods. These items must be placed within leak and puncture-proof red bags marked with the biohazard symbol. 

FAQ: How do I dispose of pulled teeth?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), extracted teeth must be containerized and labeled following the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) bloodborne pathogens standard. 

Because they are considered potentially infectious material sources, properly label and contain teeth in medical waste containers. 

FAQ: How do I dispose of disinfectants and chemicals used for sterilization?

If not properly disposed of these substances pose an environmental risk. They are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of following federal regulations. Instead, many practices choose steam or dry heat sterilization methods to reduce the use of chemicals and their disposal.

SLM’s Dental Waste Disposal Services Let You Focus On Patients

SLM Facility Solutions Nationwide provides dental waste removal services to keep your facility compliant, safe, and fine-free. We provide reliable, proper pickup for infectious and hazardous waste, including sharps. We focus on the safety and injury prevention of your customers, employees, and any other contracted vendors. 

Waste pickups are scheduled based on your facility’s volume and frequency needs. SLM uses an electronic manifest system to record pickup locations, transport, and verification of treatment and disposal. 

We also provide the leak-proof containers and bags your dental facility needs to collect waste on-site. Need compliance training? We’re happy to help educate your staff. We also facilitate document shredding services for medical and dental facilities. We’re ready to help!

For more information on proper dental waste disposal and our services to ensure your facility’s safety and compliance, please contact us today for a free assessment.