Operating a dental practice in an eco-friendly manner is a tough undertaking. However, White Summit DHC believes in taking care of our planet for future generations, and that’s why we’ve joined the Eco-Dentistry Association.
The Eco-Dentistry association helps by providing guidelines and products to help clinics become more eco-friendly. The key to being an environmentally conscious dental practice is balancing patient safety and the impact on the environment.
Environmentally conscious choices
While we focus on patient safety and providing a sterile environment, we also looked at all factors in our practice to understand how we can make responsible choices. Here are just a few examples of steps we’ve taken to reduce our impact on the environment:
- Web Hosting – We use a green-powered web hosting provider, Host Papa. Learn more about their green hosting services.
- Computers – All our computers are rated EPEAT Gold certified and feature: Arsenic-free display glass, BFR-free, PVC-free, Mercury-free LED-backlit display, Highly recyclable aluminum and glass enclosures and Meets ENERGY STAR 5.2 requirements.
- Batteries – Where we have battery operated devices, we’re using the newest NiMH rechargeable battery technology. This new generation has a life span of up to 10 years! Not only that, but after the batteries have been charged, the charger will use 10 times less power than normal chargers would.
- Low-flow, dual flush – The toilet in the clinic is not only a low-flow model, but provides a dual flush mechanism to only use as much water as needed.
- Auto-faucets – Sinks in dental clinics tend to run a lot. By using automated faucets in our operatories we’re able to reduce the amount of water used. Not only that, but the faucets are solar powered and operate off the existing lights in the room. It’s a small reduction of the power draw from the grid, but every little bit helps.
- Digital X-rays – The choice of implementing digital x-rays was an easy one. Not only does it mean less radiation exposure for our clients, but for the typical dental office, it also means preventing the disposal of at about 200 liters of toxic fixer and 17,200 lead foils in just five years.
- Digital Records – Our investment in software has also allowed us to reduce the amount of paperwork associated with client visits. Charting and clinical notes are done on the computer. This reduces the amount of paper we would normally consume.
- FSC Paper – When we do use paper (business cards, invoices and self produced ads), we only use FSC paper. This ensures that we are supporting paper producers who operate in a sustainable way. Ensuring our forests have a future, mean they will be there for future generations.
- BOMA BESt – Originally BOMA Go Green certified, the building we lease space in is now BOMA BESt certified. BOMA BESt helps building run more efficiently to both help the environment and also help control costs of the building.
- Plants – We believe this is an often overlooked element to maintaining a healthy work environment. We have invested in plants to help clean the air and ad visual appeal to our space.
- Adjusted Infection-control – We believe patient safety is of the utmost concern. There are some cases where infection control protocols can be adjusted to help the environment and still provide complete patient safety. One area we’ve been able to do this is the reduction of the use of “barriers” in non-critcal areas. By adjusting our infection-control procedures we’ve been able to maintain a sterile environment while reducing the use of plastics.