How is sustainable dentistry eliminating toxic substances from your body?

The UK uses 300 million toothpaste tubes every year, equal to around 75,000 kilometres of plastic. This is approximately 1/5 of the distance from the Earth to the moon!

Similarly, amalgam filling in restorative dentistry has led to an increase in mercury emissions, which pollutes the soil and water resources and has negatively affected 50,000 people in 2017.

With sustainable practices embedded into everyday work lives, green dental clinics aim to protect their patients from harmful substances by opting for environmentally friendly healthcare resources, reducing wastage and pollution.

Why Are We Concerned?

Plastic is a hazardous waste due to its long decomposition process and slow degradability. Did you know that it typically takes 500 years for a toothpaste tube to biodegrade in a landfill fully? This means that every tube we have ever used in our lives is still out there somewhere, adding to the ever-increasing plastic footprints in the ecosystem and spreading harmful toxins.

On top of this, mercury from amalgam filling contributes to around 10% of overall mercury consumption worldwide; Its discharge contaminates water and threatens the aquatic organisms we consume. By ingesting these organisms, we are put at risk of developing mercury poisoning and other health problems that are considered fatal.

Embedding sustainable practices in our dental clinic is an absolute priority. We ensure our planet is liveable and safe for ourselves and the next generations!

What are we doing to help?

Sorriso Design Dental Clinic was mostly built with sustainable sources such as eco-friendly paint and recycled material.

Instead of using the harmful amalgam filling, we have opted for safer substitutes such as composite resin filling. We have also installed filters that provide clean water free from toxins, avoiding wastewater pollution into our oceans.

Not to mention that the clinic is mainly paperless! Our dental software allows us to manage our business electronically. Receipts, consent forms and treatment plans are emailed to patients, which reduces paper wastage and pollution.

Most importantly, we collect plastic toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrush packaging, electric and battery toothbrush heads, and toothpaste cartons to send to the correct recycling centre. This will help to reduce carbon and plastic footprints that negatively affect the environment.

As a green alternative, we are promoting Parla toothpaste tabs. They provide a sustainable range of plastic-free oral products to reduce plastic pollution in the UK. What’s more, you can use their glass packaging to refill toothpaste tabs, avoiding unnecessary consumption.

We hope to inspire change and encourage our patients to think about the impact of plastic wastage on the environment!

How you can get involved:

If you want to create a greener planet, bring your used toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes to your next appointment for recycling.

To make an appointment: Call us on 01908 731 012

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