Four processes are responsible for most dental practice waste.
We call them The “Big Four” of Dental Office Waste & Pollution:
- Infection control methods including disposable barriers and sterilization items and toxic disinfectant
- Placement and removal of mercury-containing dental material
- Conventional x-ray systems
- Water Waste from Conventional vacuum systems
New products and technologies for cleaner, greener dental practices are emerging, allowing practitioners to mediate, or completely eliminate, much of this waste.
In many cases, the eco-friendly alternative better serves patient health and saves the practice money.