However, when an amalgam filling is removed, the mercury in the amalgam becomes “active” and toxic. In the early 2000s, dentists started using amalgam separators in their drain systems. The separator captures the waste material, which is then safely recycled.
Oral health refers to the entire mouth; this includes the teeth and gums, but also the jaw, throat, mouth muscles and supporting tissue. The report goes on to purport that maintaining proper oral health is essential for general health and can be a successful component in disease prevention.