San Clemente Dentist Environmentally Conscious
In a recent study by Dr. Ali Farahani and Mittale Suchak defined "eco-friendly dentistry" or "green dentistry" as:
"An approach to dentistry that implements sustainable practices by keeping resource consumption in line with nature's economy, by safeguarding the external environment by virtue of eliminating or reducing outgoing wastes and by promoting the well-being of all those in the clinical environment by conscious reduction of the chemicals in the breathable air."
"Going Green" has become a big topic these days. And while we do all of the "regular" activities in that area such as recycling, reducing and re-using, we are in a unique position to take dentistry in orange county a few steps further.
We have recently upgraded our dental X-ray capabilities to a digital format, also known as "digital radiography". This has numerous benefits insofar as patient care, but it also has a significant benefit environmentally. Digital X-rays are better for the environment because they do away with costly and wasteful film processing and the harsh chemicals associated with it. Digital X-rays also allow for digital image storage thus reducing the need to produce wasteful film. X-ray film uses a number of toxic fixers and chemicals for processing. Up until the institution of digital x-rays, we paid a service to remove these chemicals and safely dispose of them. Now, we have eliminated them altogether. Statistics show that switching to digital radiography can do away with the disposal of at least 200 liters of toxic fixer chemicals in just five years.
But there's more to our "green dentistry" approach. We have implemented an amalgam separator in our waste water lines. If left untreated, these separators can have a negative impact on the environment by allowing copper, tin, mercury and other scraps to escape and eventually find their way to waterways, where they may be ingested by fish... and eventually us! An amalgam separator not only helps to prevent this, but it allows these toxic materials to be recycled. A recent study shows that an amalgam separator implemented in a single dental practice can capture approximately two pounds of dangerous waste in one year alone!
We're Clean Crazy!
We go the every length to be certain that hard surfaces in our dental office are as clean and sterile as possible. To achieve this we use Sterilox Dental System which is an all natural alternative to harsh chemicals typically used to clean hard surfaces. The Sterilox Dental System utilizes the natural disinfecting power of hypochlorous acid (HOCl), a protective substance found naturally in the human immune system. In as little as 20 minutes this procedure removes the harmful "biofilm" that can accumulate on hard surfaces. A biofilm colony can contain bacteria, fungi, yeasts, protozoa, and other microorganisms, so it critically important to us to keep these pathogens away from our patients.
We Go Chartless!
Something that may not seem that obvious but over time has a significant impact is our reliance on patient records maintained in a paper format. By going digital with our records, we reduce the amount of paper consumed which reduces the number of trees cut down which reduces the amount of fuel and energy required to fell the trees and produce the paper.
Down to the bottles!
In addition to all of the above, we are doing our best to curb excess plastic by using 100% recyclable water bottles. Our water bottles here at the office (Smile Water) are made completely out of recycled materials. The bottles as well as the paper on the bottles. We're doing everything we can!
Dr. Eric Johnson and his team are committed to green dentistry for the benefit of all.