Green dentistry or Eco-dentistry refers to oral health care by making use of material, procedures and technologies that works for planetary health. It is a high-tech approach for reducing environmental impact of dental services that supports environmental friendly model. Dentistry is an age old industry but green dentistry has recently arrived; the main aim of being green is to lower operational costs, reducing waste and improve the relation between customer and dentist in a healthy green way.
Green dentistry keeps you conscious about what gets inside your body and what is thrown out to the planet. Eco-Dentistry Association (EDA) has a trademark term, Eco-dentistry that has incorporated high-tech innovations and dental procedures that not only protects communal health but also protects the planets to keep it secure for the future generation.
Key Areas and Benefits of Green Dentistry
Reduced Ecological Footprint of Dentistry
The main focus of green dentistry is to make changes in the ecological footprint, the way you became environmental conscious and became selective in sorting household waste, replacing plastic bags and choosing green products. Similarly the field of dentistry has also gone green. A significant innovation is the use of digital radiography over the traditional X ray.
There are no more harmful radiations or chemicals like silver or lead that would get mixed with the environment. There is a reduction of 90% lesser radiation, the results are quite instant as well as accurate.
Few Disposables, Lesser Contamination
The amount of pollution and waste that gets released during a single dental procedure is massive. Bibs, wraps, sterilization chemicals are a few items that comprises of the total waste but today dentists are making use of biodegradable disinfectants, high-quality and steaming sterilization method that omits no hazardous waste or chemical vapors. Changed methodology means less or no toxins in the water supply, today’s dentists are equipped with effective dryers and energy star washers that thoroughly cleans the products and be reused again.
Saving Energy and Water
The latest material and products used are the key element towards energy consumption and saving water. A technique called dry vacuum suction is used that helps in saving water. Not only this, even the customers at dental clinic are advised to clean their teeth thoroughly and save water while washing teeth.
Avoiding Metal Waste, Using Natural Restorations
Today restoration are quite natural looking as green dentistry makes use of metal free restorations and make use of porcelain veneers, crowns and composite bonding.
The purpose of using natural product is that the treatment is metal-free and offer you a natural looking smile. This also helps in the reduction of heavy metal wastage that was closely related to fillings of silver amalgam that ended up in water supply.
Choosing Green Dentistry
Any dentist could be referred as a green dentist especially the ones who are members of Eco-dentistry association who make use of environmental friendly supplies, products, equipments and reduce the harmful impact of their services on the patients. You will see such dentists making use of fluorescent lights that are energy-efficient, low flow toilets and faucets. As a dentist if you are considering a renovation, choose paints that has no (VOC) Volatile organic compounds. Dentists who maintain high standards of green dentistry are honored with GreenDOC certification from Eco-Dentist Association.