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What is it that makes a dental practice sustainable and eco-friendly? From daily office practices, to the choice of equipment, to the products they use, many dental practices are taking steps to ensure their offices are healthier for both you and the environment. Read on to discover what you can do to ensure you are visiting a sustainable dentistry office, and how you can use eco-friendly dental products for the wellness of both yourself and the planet.
Green Dentistry and Sustainable Dentistry Practices
According to the Eco-Dentistry Association (EDA), a green-certified dental practice has to meet eight specific qualifications:
- A sustainable location
- Waste reduction practices
- Pollution prevention
- Energy conservation
- Water conservation
- Abide by certain patient care and workplace policies
Examples of ways green dentistry businesses transform their practices to be eco-friendly include 100% paperless communication and keeping the office free of Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins (PBT).
Traditional X-rays result in significant pollution to the environment. Sustainable dentistry practices use digital dental radiographs instead. These expose patients to 70% to 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays.
In addition, eco-friendly dentists use an amalgam separator to keep mercury in filling material from entering the water supply. Silver amalgam that is used for tooth restoration contains a mixture of metals, including mercury, which is known to have a toxic effect on living things. It is estimated that dental offices contribute between 3% and 70% of the total amount of mercury entering the waste-water treatment facilities.
Eco-Friendly Dental Products
With sustainable oral products, you can do your part to protect the environment while also keeping your teeth healthy at home. Eco-friendly dental products include toothbrushes made from biodegradable bamboo, as well as natural charcoal toothpaste, vegan dental floss, and oil pulling in ultraviolet glass bottles protecting your products from all visible light rays. You can get all these items together with a Terra & Co. eco-friendly dental care kit.
Shop our sustainable products for yourself or give them as gifts and encourage others to join in practicing green oral care.