Sustainable dentistry highlighted as ADA launches new resources guide

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Environmentally friendly dentistry was in the energy-efficient spotlight when the Australian Dental Association launched its new ‘Sustainable Dentistry: How-to Guide for Australian Dental Practices’ on the final night of the recent FDI World Dental Congress 2023 in Sydney.

The guide was developed in recognition of the fact that dentistry has a significant impact on the environment due to its extensive use of water and energy, and that dental materials such as mercury amalgam fillings and resin composites are a source of environmental pollution. 

The creation of the guide involved research into the environmental impacts of the dental sector in Australia and overseas which informed the development of strategies to help ADA members reduce these impacts. The strategies focus on a range of areas including stock inventory management, energy efficiency, amalgam waste reduction, enhancing the built environment, active travel and sustainable measurement and evaluation. 

It is hoped that the sustainability guide will empower dental practitioners to make informed decisions and implement sustainable changes that will prove less harmful to the environment.  

The ADA believes that sustainable dentistry is the future and aims to play a key role in promoting this. 

“Sustainable dentistry is the future of the dental sector. It’s the right thing to do for the planet, and it’s also the smart thing to do for our businesses,” ADA president Dr Stephen Liew said. 

“We’re proud to be a leader in sustainable dentistry. And we’re committed to supporting ADA members in providing their patients with the highest quality care while also minimising impact on the environment.” 

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