Eco-dentistry or "green dentistry" refers to the delivery of oral health care and dental treatments using technologies, procedures and materials that promote environmental and planetary health. Eco-dentistry, incorporates high-tech innovations that enhance efficiency and effectiveness while reducing the amount of waste and pollution in the environment. KDC practices Eco-dentistry. We ReUse ReDuce and ReCycle and we have also gone solar. We are saving energy, reducing our carbon footprint and doing our bit for the environment.
Benefits of Green Dentistry
Dental practices that have gone green have incorporated technologies that improve their practices and procedures and make them more eco-friendly.
Water conservation. KDC changed to waterless suction/ vacuum sytem which is completely water free thereby reducing water consumption. Our dental suctions also run at a much lower RPM making its more energy efficient.
Less Radiation. Better Diagnostic Detail. For example, one of the most significant innovations for green dental practices is digital radiography, which eliminates the need for traditional film X-ray systems. With digital X-rays, dental practices dramatically reduce the harmful chemicals such as lead and silver that are released into the environment. Additionally, patients are exposed to approximately 90 percent less radiation with digital imaging compared to traditional X-rays. Also, images are available to your dentist immediately, are of better quality than traditional X-rays and can be enlarged for greater diagnostic detail and accuracy.
Less Chemical Contamination. Fewer Disposables. Green dental practices also use high-quality, biodegradable disinfectants and steam sterilization methods that don't require ventilation for chemical vapors, or a hazardous waste permit for disposal of toxic chemicals into a water supply. They also have energy-star washers and dryers on site to facilitate the use of cloth bibs, gowns, head rest covers and other supplies that are washable and can be reused. This eliminates the use of disposable paper products.
More Natural-looking Restorations. Less Heavy Metal Waste. At a time when you and others may be interested in more natural looking restorations, eco-dentistry embraces today's adhesive, metal-free dental restoratives using direct composite bonding or porcelain veneers (including Lumineers and other minimal and no-prep veneers) and crowns. These options serve two purposes:
First, they provide metal-free, esthetic smile treatments. Secondly, they help eliminate the heavy metal waste associated with silver amalgam fillings that could end up in the main water supply.
Because patients often prefer adhesion dentistry, tooth-colored restoration benefits the environment as well as the health of the patient by getting rid of the heavy metal waste from the main water supply.
Reducing our carbon footprint by the implementation of a Recycling and Waste Control Programme. To further protect the environment, we’ve designed a practice that strives to uplift the model of ReDuce, ReUse and ReCycle. We routinely recycle non-medical waste materials. By moving away from paper we are drastically reducing our carbon footprint. Statements and receipts are emailed and incorporating practice management software , we can store records electronically and backup to a cloud.
Conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions (Solar Power). Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. It combats greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel. Another plus is we can work during loadshedding!