Doing things that are good for our environment and make less of an impact is important to all professions, including dentists. Whether you knew it or not dental offices can “go green” too.
An obvious step that dentists are making, is switching to paperless charting and communications with their patients. Many patients now prefer to have a text confirmation rather than a postcard mailed to them. Thousands of charts that are made electronically no longer require paper waste, and they also free up real estate space that can be used for patient treatment areas.
Reducing disposable items in the office mean there is less waste being sent to landfills. Many products and supplies that are used in dentistry can be completely sterilized or sanitized for re-use. Instead of using disposable items such as water syringes for example, the office may choose to use a stainless steel water syringe that can be autoclaved between patients. Not only does this reduce waste but it helps keep cost down for your dentist by reducing the amount of products that need to be ordered. In turn, this green option also helps keep your cost down, because the operating costs are lower.
Traditional dental x-rays have always used a lead foil within each film. This lead required proper disposal due to the risk of it seeping into the environment. With the use of digital radiography, digital dental x-rays completely eliminate lead foil waste.
There will always be some supplies that require disposal, but by reducing the amount of single-use supplies and utilizing technological advancements in the office, your dentist can reduce his or her impact that the office is making on your environment.
Posted on the behalf of Windy Hill Dental Associates
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