Here’s Why Our Blackburn Dental Clinic is an Environment-Friendly Clinic

Whitehorse Dental is an environment-friendly dental clinic. We strive to lessen the environmental impacts of our dentistry practice and reduce our footprint on our fragile environment.

Often, when choosing a dental clinic, potential patients don’t think about the environment. We think you should. The environmental factors in dentistry are significant, and there are many impacts a single dental clinic can have, not only locally but also globally.

We Use Sustainable Instruments

Many dental practices use single-use instruments for procedures. We don’t. Instead, at Whitehorse Dental, we do it the old-fashioned way: we take the time to properly sterilise our instruments between procedures. We use steel or high-quality instruments that stand up to the high heat conditions of proper sterilization. The result is less environmental risk and less waste.

We Use Less Plastic

Traditional dental clinics often use plastic coverings over the chair and instruments because they are easy to change over between patients. This reduces the amount of manual cleaning and wiping that their teams have to do.  We don’t. Rest assured: before you sit down in one of our dental chairs, all surfaces have been wiped down properly, cleaned and disinfected.  We allow the time for this to be done at a high standard, reducing our need to use plastic covers.   

We Recycle

At Whitehorse Dental, we recycle everything we can, from dental amalgams to old lightbulbs. Why is this important?

For 150 years, amalgams were the only filling available for dental caries. Mercury (Hg), a toxic substance, binds the metals in dental amalgam together. When amalgam fillings are replaced, the waste must go somewhere, including wastewater, the ocean, soil, and the air. Ordinarily, extracted and lost teeth with amalgam fillings and the materials used during the extraction process are contaminated with mercury and are incinerated, releasing toxins into the atmosphere. 

Instead, all of our amalgam waste, as well as batteries and spent light bulbs, are collected and properly disposed of by CMA Ecocycle, Australia’s largest recycler of mercury. This keeps mercury and its significant environmental risks out of our wastewater, food chain, soil, and landfills.  We also partner with CMA eco cycle to recycle light bulbs and batteries.  Next time you have any used batteries or light bulbs, bring them to our clinic.  We will be more than happy to send them off for recycling, free of charge. 

We also participate in Colgate® and TerraCycle’s free oral care product packaging recycling program. You can drop off your used toothpaste tubes and caps, caps, electric toothbrush heads, and floss containers at our clinic free of charge.

Benefits of an Environment-Friendly Dental Clinic

The benefits of an environment-friendly dental practice are many. Traditional dental clinics discharge a tremendous amount of waste materials. Besides amalgams and plastics, waste includes silver, lead, glass, cotton wool, gauze, and needles. Consider this: every person’s oral cavity is full of microbes, bacteria, and sometimes viruses that can spread disease. As a result, dental waste materials are usually contaminated with blood and other body fluids.

Australia ratified the U.N.’s Minamata Convention on Mercury on 7 December 2021. The Convention calls for a slow-down on the use of dental amalgams and other human-caused emissions of mercury. Be sure your dental clinic complies with this international document for environmental health.

Creates Less Radiation and Other Harmful Chemicals

Going to an eco-friendly dentist reduces your radiation exposure. That’s because, at Whitehorse Dental, we take small digital x-rays. This lets us see the results immediately and exposes you to much less radiation.

An environment-friendly clinic also benefits staff and dentists. How? By lessening their exposure to mercury vapours, radiation, and other toxins.

Less Chemical Contamination and Fewer Disposables

Using fewer harmful chemicals in a dental practice takes work and skill. So does intentionally using less single-use plastics. Whitehorse Dental is proud that by our attention to being environmentally friendly, we save the equivalent of three large laundry bags’ worth of plastics going into the landfill every week. Another way we reduce waste is by using high-quality hand towels in our bathrooms. We launder and sanitise them rather than using paper towels. The metal rinsing cups we use in the surgeries have been thoroughly cleaned and sterilized just like the other dental instruments in the clinic.  

Contact Your Environment-Friendly Blackburn Dental Clinic Today

If you want to have a dental clinic making a positive environmental impact, look no further. Whitehorse Dental has a commitment to our planet. It’s why we recycle, avoid using single-use plastics where possible, and use high-quality instruments that withstand the sterilizing process. Contact us and make your appointment today.