Our Environmentally Friendly, “Green” Dental Office in Annapolis & Calvert
We are passionate about continually implementing methods to minimize the burden we place on the environment. We are careful with our use of important resources such as water. We use non-toxic eco-friendly products as much as possible, and we do whatever we can to eliminate unnecessary waste. For example, we have reduced the use of plastic materials by finding suitable alternatives, and when the use of plastic is necessary, it is recycled.
What Is Green Dentistry?
Green dentistry is a broad topic that ranges from our patients’ well-being to the environmentally friendly products and processes that we use every day in our office. The Eco Dentistry Association defines a “green dental practice” as a practice that:
- reduces waste and pollution.
- saves water, energy and money.
- incorporates high-tech innovations in their office.
- is wellness-based.
Using eco-friendly, non-toxic products doesn’t only benefit the environment; it also benefits the health of our patients. For example, we use non-toxic materials for fillings, and eco-friendly, non-toxic disinfectants to clean the surfaces and equipment in our practice.
Facts about Dental Office Waste
Each year, dental offices generate:
- 8 million lead foils (which are used for the packaging of dental X-ray film).
- 28 million liters of toxic X-ray fixer.
- 7 tons of mercury waste.
- 7 billion sterilization pouches.
- 680 million chair covers, light handle covers, and patient bibs.
Additionally, the average dental office uses A LOT of water—as much as 57,000 gallons per year. By using dry vacuum systems (compared to traditional vacuum systems), a dental practice can reduce the amount of water it uses.
What We’re Doing to Be Green
- We have reduced the use of plastic barriers (chair covers, etc.) and disposable supplies (cloth headrest covers, recycled glass cups, etc.).
- We use eco-friendly disinfectants for surfaces and equipment lines and eco-friendly multipurpose cleaners, in order to achieve high air quality standards for staff and patients in the office.
- We have eliminated the use of toxic, cold sterilizer by selecting instruments that can be heat sterilized.
- We have a digital X-ray system, which eliminates chemical waste.
- We recycle cardboard, paper, plastic, etc.
- We collect and recycle ink and toner cartridges and use re-chargeable batteries.
- We provide our patients with toothbrushes made from recycled yogurt containers or bamboo, and we recycle the disposable toothbrushes used by patients in our office.
- We compost our kitchen waste.
- We provide filtered drinking water in our break room and reception room to eliminate the need for bottled water.
- When we do need to purchase disposable products, we buy products that are made from at least 50 percent recycled consumer waste and that come in recycled packaging.
- Our stationery and printed communications are printed on paper that is at least 25 percent recycled.
- We send appointment reminders and other communications electronically.
- We print and copy double-sided, when possible.
- Our office is designed with VOC-free or low VOC wallpaper adhesive, paints, carpets, vinyls, natural stone countertops, etc.
- Our office is equipped with LED lighting, motion detectors, energy saver computers, dishwashers, washer/dryer, etc.
- Our furniture is made from renewable sources, including reclaimed wood.
- We use hand sanitizer instead of soap and water, when possible.
- We promote turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth.
- All of our staff take continuing education classes about green dentistry and participate in many non-profit efforts focused on Chesapeake Bay preservation.
- We use only BPA-free adhesives and sealants.
- We have a sugar-free candy bar for our patients to help fight tooth decay naturally.
- We use a steam disinfecting unit with reusable instrument cloth pouches, instead of paper and plastic pouches that are thrown away. We purify our own water and use it in dental treatment.
To make an appointment, call (410) 324-6271 (Calvert), (410) 324-6370 (Annapolis) or click here to request an appointment online.