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Dentistry That’s Good For the Patient and the Environment

Posted in Digital X-Rays

If our generation is known for one thing that they’ve decided to make an impact on, it would be the environment. Caring for the natural resources that are available to us will protect the quality of life that our children and grandchildren will benefit from one day. Taking action to preserve resources and eliminate waste isn’t something that is left for big corporations and homeowners, it’s something that your dentist can do as well.

Electronic charting has now taken over the majority of medical records for patients in the US, including those in dental offices. While electronic charts were seen as efficient due to the ability to access them throughout the office, they also eliminate paper waste while freeing up treatment areas that would otherwise be needed for storage. This keeps costs lower for the dentist, and the patient.

Switching to digital x-rays limits the amount of time that is spent processing traditional films. It also eliminates the need for hazardous chemicals that are used for film development. Traditional x-rays also have an inner sheet of lead that must be disposed of properly in order to prevent contamination of landfills, soil and water supplies. Unfortunately many offices do not dispose of lead properly, and it enters into the community through regular waste receptacles. In the end, digital x-rays also save the patients’ time in the treatment chair.

Reusing sterilizable materials such as water syringes and reducing overall disposables usage in the office not only keeps waste down, it reduces the office overhead. In turn, this keeps operating costs lower.

When your dentist “goes green,” it’s not because they’re trying to fit in with everyone else. It really is beneficial for the practice and you, the patient!

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