November 7, 2012 — “Going green” is not only environmentally friendly, it’s also economically savvy for dental practices, according to a presentation at the recent ADA Annual Session in San Francisco. Adopting eco-friendly practices can save dentists thousands of dollars a year, in addition to preserving natural resources.
Green dentistry reduces waste and pollution; saves energy, water, and money; incorporates high tech; and supports a wellness lifestyle, according to Ronald D. Perry, DMD, a clinical professor at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and a member of the Eco-Dentistry Association (EDA). Dr. Perry was a panelist at the ADA session, “Green Dentistry: Making a Difference in Your Practice and Your Community.”
Some of the biggest ways practices can save money while preserving natural resources is by switching from disposable dental supplies — including chair covers, sterilization wraps and pouches, patients bibs, and light handle covers — to reusable and recycled products.
Even little things make a big difference: Letting the water run while brushing your teeth can use 2 to 5 gallons of water, the panelists noted.
“Going green, to the extent we can, is in the best interests of everyone,” Dr. Perry said.