Dental offices can produce an abundance of environmental hazards and unnecessary waste. It’s our goal to keep these to a minimum while serving you. Our commitment to the health and safety of our community and our planet is a key concern that we don’t take lightly. Our daily efforts are centered on reducing our carbon footprint.
We care about the planet, and we know that you do too
Mercury Elimination Initiative
For over 150 years, silver/mercury fillings have been one of the most commonly used materials in dentistry. They contain approximately 40-50% mercury, 25% silver, and 25-35% tin/copper/zinc mixture. There is no question that mercury is one of the most hazardous waste products that dental offices produce. After years of controversy, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement that these fillings are unsafe for expecting mothers and children due to neurotoxicity. At our office, we practice mercury-free dentistry, which allows us to provide you with tooth-colored fillings and all-ceramic crowns that have numerous benefits over their silver/mercury counterparts.
Paper Reduction Initiative
Most dental offices use an abundance of paper products. From the paperwork you fill out when you walk through their door to the reminder card you get in the mail at check-up time, most dentists don’t bat an eye and consider this a necessity. Our focus on paper waste reduction allows you to fill out your registration paperwork online with no need to print anything at all.
By using completely computerized record keeping, there is no need for our patients to have charts busting at the seams with forms and treatment records. Our file encryption safety precautions ensure that these records are more secure than any paper charting system could guarantee.
Digital X-Ray Technology
Traditional film X-ray systems produce enormous amounts of paper waste and necessitate offices to dispose of lead backing that comes with every single X-ray. In addition, toxic chemicals must be used in order to develop traditional film X-rays, and these chemicals require specific handling and disposal protocols. Our digital X-ray technology completely eliminates the need for the chemicals, lead, and paper waste associated with traditional X-rays.
Studies show that digital X-rays also use up to 90 percent less radiation than traditional film X-rays. While film X-rays are still considered safe for use, we think the less radiation that you and your family are exposed to, the better.