Ways Dentists Can Collaborate with Environmental Groups
At Rana Dental, we not only want to improve our patients’ oral health, but we also want to increase general well-being through our services and ethical practices. This includes environmental awareness and accountability. There are many options dental practices can implement to reduce waste and incorporate more ecologically sustainable materials. These resources increase efficiency while also reducing the amount of waste and pollution. With the help of certain environmental groups, you can re-think your dental processes and start going green. Here are three ways you can collaborate with these types of organizations:
1. Become a Member of Eco-Conscious Organizations
Those interested in leading the way to cleaner, greener practices in the industry should contact an environmental association and find out how to qualify for membership. Joining these communities will not only keep you connected with like-minded practitioners, but will also keep you updated on the latest advancements in greener, wellness-based practices and technologies. These organizations also provide tips, campaigns and continuing education programs.
2. Join the Campaigns
Another way dentists across the nation can join forces with environmental groups without actually becoming members is by participating in conservation campaigns. Many organizations outline specific goals and join forces to generate awareness and promote better waste management. For example, the Eco-Dentistry Association (EDA) posts a weekly action item on its website. These challenges prompt dentists to make an effort to reduce waste. For example, the average person wastes at least 90 glasses of water every day when they leave the water running while brushing their teeth. So for one week, the EDA encouraged participants to be mindful of this waste and turn off the tap. Then dentists can encourage patients to do the same by signing a dental patient pledge.
3. Use Approved Products
Everything from office supplies to treatment materials can impact the planet in a big way. And though each practice might not be able to afford an entirely green practice, there are certain products dentists can use to limit waste, toxins and emissions. Look over some product guides posted by environmental groups, and you will quickly see where your practice can improve. Then, in the future, make a conscious effort to invest in greener materials.
Steps in the Right Direction
There are at least 100 environmental groups and associations in New Jersey alone, and all look to protect and preserve nature and natural resources. These organizations focus on various aspects of proper waste disposal, hazardous waste programs and conservation. Each one of them could prove to be a valuable resource to local practices and provide instruction on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Granted, not all treatment plans can be guided by environmental concerns. However, dentistry as a whole has made progress toward preserving the environment in many ways. The use and disposal of mercury has significantly declined, as has the use of amalgam in general. The advancement of digital radiography allows for less radiation and better diagnostic detail. Even sterilization methods are not as hazardous as they have been in the past.
We are Not There Yet
Though dentistry has come a long way in the past few decades, there is still so much more to do and every small effort to go green can help in a big way. At Rana Dental, we hope to do our part and incorporate approved products, equipment and techniques for cleaner, greener dentistry.