Eco-Friendly Dentistry

From the desk of
Dr. Sabiha Bunek, Editor-in-Chief

As a Michigan fan, I never thought I would hear myself encouraging people to go green! We are all aware of the amount of waste we generate and how our resources are being used at an alarming rate. We realized it had been over 11 years since we have addressed this issue, and dental professionals are constantly asking us what alternatives they have to single-use items, what products use recycled materials, and what programs exist to recycle.
As we hear about climate change, it is hard not to look at our part in the production of waste.
Historically, dentistry has utilized materials that can be sterilized and reused, but since the 1980’s there has been more heightened awareness of cross contamination and infection control concerns. Rise in single-use items has spoiled us with convenience, but come at a cost to our planet. This month we look at products and companies that are changing the landscape through innovative product design, sustainability and practices to reuse and recycle. We reached out to our clinical consultants and were pleasantly surprised at the techniques and tips they provided. We will share those on social media throughout the month. What are you doing in your practice to go green? Reach out to us on social media or email me and we will share your story. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions; you can reach me at Thanks for your continued support and reading!