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Going Green 2
Posted on 8/15/2015 by Fariba Mutschler
So much of the way we practice now depends on throwing away everything possible. That is not the way of the future. We have to go back to the days of reduce, reuse, recycle.

The Oregon Dental Conference in East Portland hosted the first major presentation on Green Dentistry, according to the speaker, Mr. Kevin Henry.

This course discussed LEED certified building that reduces Volitile Organic Compounds that outgas into the air. Receiving a LEED Platinum certificate is extremely difficult so the recommend continuous improvement step-by-step.

Suggestions to help improve environmental impacts from our Portland & Oregon City pediatric dental offices include:
•  sterilizing dental cleaning tools instead of throwing them away
•  buying in bulk rather than using individually packaged items
•  avoid paper towel use by using sanitizing hand gel
•  provide regular cups instead of paper cups
•  use biodegradable toilet paper
•  use cloth bibs and chair covers instead of plastic
•  wash clothes with sterilize cycle on Energy Star washer
•  if plastic is used, collect and recycle
•  wipe off surfaces with an enzymatic cleaner (OptiStatim by Scicam)
•  reduce water use by putting aerators on faucets
•  buy Green computers (www.epeat.net)
•  recycle old computers (www.earth911.org)
•  turn off anything with a remote or transformer plug
•  opt out to cancel junk mail at www.donotmail.org
•  ask for digital versions of magazines and bills
•  send electronic greeting cards
•  print on both sides of paper

Two good resources for environmentally sound dental practices:



There are so many families from Portland, Clackamas, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, and Gladstone that care about the environment and want to reduce their carbon footprint.

Our offices can help by doing more to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce our use of landfills, reduce water use, and contribute to a healthy environment.
My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.


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