The movement toward green living has spread to pretty much everything now, and that’s not a bad thing by any means. It’s even been gaining a considerable amount of traction in dentistry, but it’s not called green dentistry- green teeth? ew- instead it’s called eco-dentistry.
Eco-dentistry is a kind of dentistry that takes advantage of more sustainable and less chemical means of taking care of your teeth. Some differences are small and seem kind of kitschy- like having bike racks out front. Others have a real impact, like cloth bibs instead of plastic and the use of LED bulbs rather than incandescent or CFL’s. Still other differences are the reason people who worry about sustainability are huge proponents of eco-dentitstry. For example, the use of digital x-rays which are less damaging to us, and steam sterilization- which is a better way to clean tools for the environment.
Despite the multitude of benefits, however, many dentists are slow to adopt these practices. The new guard, however, are really taking up the call. Students coming out of dental school are coming around to this new way of thinking in part because there is a huge demand for it! Check out more about eco-dentistry here: Eco-dentistry: economical and environmentally friendly.
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