Going Green With Your Dental Practice

Going Green With Your Dental Practice

There are a lot of different industries out there that are making the transition and implementing green practices. Not only is going green typically better for the company, but an increasing amount of customers are showing preference towards green companies and they will often select them over the competition, even if it means paying a bit more. You may not have thought about it before, but there are plenty of ways that your dental practice can go green as well. And if you think that it’s too much of an investment to make, keep in mind that you could be one of the only green dentists in your area, which would make for a lot of new traffic coming your way. Here are some ways that you can implement green technology in your office and the advantages they offer.

Digital X-Rays

Traditional x-ray machines can be dangerous to both patients and the environment. The method of these older x-ray machines have increased amounts of lead and silver, which are then released out into the environment. However, digital x-rays use approximately 90% less radiation than traditional methods. Not only are digital x-rays better for people and the environment, but they also provide quicker and more detailed results for the patient to see.

Non-Toxic Cleaning

It’s vital that a dentist keeps the entire office clean. However, there are a lot of chemicals in play, many of which get dumped into a sink and then put back into the environment. Instead, there are many different green products that are non-toxic. Not only are green cleaning supplies and products better on the environment, but they also make for fewer concerns around the office. After all, nobody wants to see a patient get infected due to a harmful chemical reaction.

BPA-Free Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is on the rise as more and more patients are relying on it to help them get the smiles they’ve always wanted. However, older methods are made of ingredients that can be bad for the environment. Green alternatives include options that are BPA-free composite resins. These options last just as long as traditional methods, but they are a more suitable green choice.

Going Paperless

Dentists go through thousands, if not hundreds-of-thousands, of pieces of paper each year. This number can be decreased substantially through the use of electric documentation. For patients, they can use electronic documents before coming to the dental office, which will save them time. Furthermore, the use of e-files also makes it easier for the office to keep track of patients information and records. Cutting back on paper use will not only help the environment, but it’ll also make things more organized and efficient.

Energy Efficient Lighting

Dental offices need sufficient lighting to ensure that they can see their patients oral cavities clearly. Instead of using traditional light bulbs, dentists who are looking to go green can use energy efficient lighting options that will cut down on electricity and environmental impact.

What’s The Point Of Going Green?

It was already mentioned that going green can help you bring in patients who specifically look for these practices in a dental facility. However, if that isn’t enough to entice you to make a change, also consider the financial benefits that you’ll see as you transition to green practices. For example, energy efficient lighting will save you electricity, electronic files will save on paper, and even digital x-rays often use less power than traditional methods. It’s not just important to go green for your patients, but also for your practice as well.

It’s also important to keep in mind that if you have made the transition to becoming a green dental facility, you can become certified through the Eco Dentistry Association, or EDC. Having this certification will connect you with a variety of other dentists who have also made the transition to green options.

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