In honor of Earth Day, take a few minutes to ask yourself: How can I make my dental practice more environmentally-friendly? In addition to preserving our natural resources, adopting eco-friendly policies can reduce your costs of waste disposal, water, energy and office supplies and can even attract patients to your office.
The Eco Dentistry Association reports there is a growing alliance of consumers – almost 1/3 of the U.S. population - who want to patronize providers who share their values for eco-friendly healthy living - like green dental professionals!
What has your office done to “go green”? Some of the top ways you can become more environmentally-friendly are to go digital, cut down on chemicals, choose renewable energy, conserve energy and recycle. See “Eco-friendly Tips for Your Dental Practice” for more details.
Here are some things that our Dental Product Shopper evaluators have done to help protect our planet and reduce operating costs at the same time.
“To be eco-friendly we have installed amalgam separators. We are in the process of switching to LED overhead lighting to reduce our power consumption, and we are a paperless office as well.”
Joshua Haremza, DDS; Palmyra, NY
“In 2006, when I was designing our new office, my main objective was to minimize the practice’s impact on the environment. First and foremost, I wanted to create a paperless practice. I had been an early adopter of digital radiography, both intraoral sensors and a digital pan unit, so we eliminated processing chemicals. Other “green” practices we use are compact fluorescent light bulbs, a Pelton & Crane water filtration system to eliminate the need for bottled water, and the Solmetex HG-5 amalgam separator to reduce waste water contamination. I also see our CEREC CAD/CAM system as greatly reducing our environmental footprint since we’ve dramatically decreased our use of impression material, trays, temporary material, and anesthetic.”
Stephen Gordon, DDS; Chicago, IL
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If you’re not sure how to start implementing eco-friendly policies, the ADA gives 80 tips on how to go green. Maybe together we can change the world, one decision at a time!