Some dental healthcare providers have taken measures to become more environmentally friendly to keep patients healthy and reduce their carbon footprint.
For so-called “green dentists,” being environmentally friendly is more than just a cost-savings measure – it is something demanded by patients looking for organic and chemical-free treatment.
The Eco Dentistry Association even has a certification program for dental practices, along with training and best practices for dentists and their support staff.
They recommend a comprehensive program, which covers lowering office-energy consumption, going paperless, reducing plastic and water use, and safely disposing of bio-hazardous waste.
In addition to this, implementing eco-friendly patient care is a priority. Measures could include using toothpaste and other products without artificial additives or chemicals such as saccharin, preservatives, sweeteners and animal ingredients. It also means using fillings free of mercury and BPA – a plastic compound that has some qualities of estrogen and may be linked to cancer.