Eco-Dentistry: the Blueprint for the Dental Office of the Future?
We offer general dentistry, preventative dentistry and emergency dentistry at eDental Perth. However, one of the aspects of our practice that we may be the proudest of is called “eco-dentistry.” What is eco-dentistry?
Eco-dentistry or green dentistry is providing dental services in a way that produces as little impact on the environment as possible. There are plenty of benefits to the environment and to individual patients. We strive to make our office beneficial to patients and the environment.
Why Practise Green Dentistry?
We all know about climate change. The current scientific paradigm says that CO2 in the atmosphere is responsible for global warming. Impact on the environment is measured by what is known as a “carbon footprint”: an estimate of how much CO2 you are releasing into the environment.
CO2 is a “greenhouse gas” that holds heat in the atmosphere. As we cut down more trees, we keep those trees from storing carbon, adding CO2 to the environment. When we burn fossil fuels in the manufacturing and transportation process, we are adding CO2 to the environment.
There is another, little-known effect of CO2. Not only does it hold in heat, it also holds moisture in the air. This can cause massive floods, as we have seen too often in Australia. Ideally, the ocean moderates our temperature, acting as nature’s heating/cooling system. Sadly, the ocean has been warming to a point where it is too warm to moderate our climate the way it used to. We have seen the results the last ten years. If we don’t do something to reduce CO2 emissions, it will only get worse.
What We Do at eDental Perth
We have converted to a fully computerised office. This has greatly reduced the use of paper. We also recycle everything we can possibly recycle. In addition, we now offer eco-friendly materials for fillings in addition to traditional materials, allowing you to choose your own form of treatment.
To learn more or for an appointment, call us today: (08) 9361 1728.