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How Dentists Can Go Eco-friendly

How Dentists Can Go Eco-friendly

Dentists are starting to become more eco-friendly with their practices, which is a great thing. Going green can be tricky for some, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. We must try our best for the environment and make an effort to make small changes in how we work at our practice. Here are some ways dentists can go eco-friendly.

Take Green Initiative for Your Dental Practice

Dentists should take the initiative to go green in their practice. This way, it will be easier for other dental team members to follow suit and become more eco-friendly!

Make Your Office Water Efficient

There are many ways dentists can make their office water efficient. One is by installing sensors on faucets to only release a certain amount of water with just one turn. Another is by installing motion sensor switches on lights in bathrooms or any room where people spend most of their daytime.

Invest In Energy Saving Equipment

Dentist offices have lots going on throughout the day– from patients being treated every hour to sterilization equipment running constantly; it’s no wonder why energy-saving equipment is important when trying to go green. Look into purchasing high-efficiency equipment to save energy and money, such as lightbulbs or boilers that are ENERGY STAR qualified!

Switch to Paperless Billing

Dentists can also switch their billing process from paper to a more environmentally friendly alternative – the internet! Online invoices have been proven to be much better for the environment because they require little paper use.

And this is especially important when sending out mass emails to patients about appointments and payments due since this saves a lot of trees in the process of avoiding printing physical copies of bills. If your office doesn’t currently offer online billing services, it’s never too soon (or late!) to start considering it as an option.

Use Green Products

Using green products in your office is a great way to go eco-friendly! These include biodegradable and recyclable materials such as paper towels and napkins, toothbrushes made from recycled material, and even plant-based cleaning supplies.

This can help you reduce the amount of waste produced by your dental practice since they will be more environmentally friendly. Eco friendly dental products for your clinic include all-natural mouthwash, sustainable toothbrushes, and biodegradable packaging. When you invest in green products, it can help you reduce your carbon footprint and save the environment!

Promoting a Greener Practice

Dentists can promote going green in their dental practices. This way, it will be easier for other team members to follow suit and become more eco-friendly! In addition, by taking the green initiative yourself, others may feel inspired or obligated to do so as well. It also helps if those who work with you are enthusiastic about being environmentally friendly since they’ll have lots of ideas on how to go greener at the office too!

Using paperless billing is another great example – this will make new patients aware that they no longer need to print out physical copies of bills because everything is done online now, which saves trees from being used.

Educate Your Staff and Train Them to Make Green Initiatives

Educating your staff and training them to go green is the best way to promote a greener practice. Ensure that everyone in your dental team understands why it’s important for you all to be eco-friendly, especially if they are new team members!

You can even assign different roles within the office – such as recycling officer or energy efficiency manager- so that each member has something special he/she does at work while also promoting environmental awareness. In the waiting room, distribute literature to patients that include environmentally friendly suggestions and tips. This will make them aware of the benefits and help share ideas on how they can participate too!

You can adopt different ways to go green in a dental office, from promoting sustainable products to using energy-efficient equipment and reducing your carbon footprint. Promoting a greener practice is easier when everyone understands why it’s important for the dental team to be environmentally friendly – from the dentist to the front desk staff!

Using green products, going paperless with invoices, and promoting a greener practice are just some of the many ways that dentists can go eco-friendly.


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by Lottie Pritchard // Lottie Pritchard is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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