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Green Dentistry – Lets do our part for the Environment!

Green Dentistry – Lets do our part for the Environment!
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Author: Citylife Dental

Primarily to due to lack of awareness and a callous attitude, various human activities over generations have already resulted in irreversible changes in our planets ecological system. However, over the last few years, public awareness and professional accountability on environmental issues has been increasing and the modern day Dental practioner too has an important role to play. Dentists owe it to their patients, employees, and their planet to reduce their carbon footprint. Simple steps may be taken to turn your practice green by making it more environmentally friendly: Correct disposal of bio-medical waste: Virtually all materials and medications used in the dental practice are potentially hazardous and require special handling, treatment & disposal. Reduce or eliminate the use of toxic substances: Mercury bearing silver amalgams Instead of traditional X-Rays, the practice uses digital x-rays that emit close to 90% lower radiation In place of X-Ray films, the practice uses Radiovisiography (RVG) equipment that requires no chemicals for processing of x-ray films The entire water supply to the clinic needs to be filtered through a water softener so as to eliminate calcium and other deposits leading to an increased longevity of instruments and a reduction in waste Lighting used in the entire clinic needs to be changed to more energy efficient CFL lights, as well as ensure that all equipment including the air filtration system as well as air-conditioning units inside the practice are compliant with international energy efficiency standards. Recommended Management of Dental Clinic Waste Disposal: Paper and other office waste - Only print what is essential and recycle as much of the printed materials as possible Gloves, Face Masks, Caps, Bibs Separate from general waste and discard after each use in a bio-medical waste bin as infectious waste Blood Discharge to sewer Bloody materials from cotton dressings, human parts, swabs/gauze, used impression material Dispose as infectious waste Mercury Treat as hazardous waste and dispose in carefully marked bio-medical waste Fixer & Developer from X-Ray film processing Count as hazardous waste and discharge remainder of waste to sewer Lead foils from X-Ray films Send to local metal re-claimer for recycling Needles/syringes/sharps Store in puncture resistant containers and dispose in specially marked bio-medical waste bins A little care at the dental practice can go a long way in protecting the environment for future generations and also help fight the spread of highly infectious diseases such as Hepatitis and AIDS. We are one of the first clinics in East Delhi, Delhi or even India to practice green dentistry. Please feel free to contact us, as we encourage productive discussion with other Dentists, as well as our patients on this very relevant and important topic. The Medical Team @ Citylife Dental About the Author:

Citylife Dental is an ISO certified, Environmentally friendly, state of the art Dental clinic in New Delhi, India. We provide comprehensive general dental care and also specialize in Pedodontics, Orthodontics, Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry. We use FDA/CE certified equipment, and only the best of materials. In addition to our regular patients, we have also sucessfully treated dental tourism patients from all over the globe, including the U.S, UK, Australia, China, Greece & Switzerland. We have also been voted as one of the Top 5 clinics 2009 in the Delhi/NCR region by Times Research. Phone: +91-01143036311 Web: www.citylifedental.com Email: info@citylifedental.comArticle Source: - Green Dentistry Lets do our part for the Environment!

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