At Niles Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves in doing all we can to be green. We are committed to preserving the beautiful Colorado environment by working to be as environmentally friendly as possible. As a member of the Eco Dentistry Association, Dr. Ashley Niles is here to provide you with tips on how you can practice eco-friendly dental care at home.
What is Eco-Friendly Dentistry?
Being eco-friendly means to do all you can to reduce the amount of damage and pollution that occurs to our environment. At Niles Family Dentistry, we have a passion for the environment here in Colorado and are committed to preserving that beauty by being an eco-friendly dental practice. Dr. Niles herself is a member of the Eco Dentistry Association and supports a wellness lifestyle for herself, her patients, and her practice. With this in mind, Dr. Niles is always looking for ways that our practice can be as green as possible. An eco-friendly dental practice is one that focuses on:
- Reducing waste and pollution: we try to reuse and recycle as much as possible. We steam sterilize rather than use chemicals, reuse sterilization pouches, patient bibs, and other barriers, all while maintaining a hospital-grade environment. Further, we also use digital x-rays, which means that no chemicals are used to examine the images.
- Saving water, energy, and money: a few examples of how we do this include using dry vac systems that use no water, which saves approximately 360 gallons of water a day (which is what a wet ring vacuum uses and is standard in many dental practices. Additionally, we use compact fluorescent lights and Energy Star Appliances.
- Being high-tech: we have electronic patient records to keep our practice as paperless as possible, use digital x-rays, and LED lights in our procedure areas.
- Supports a wellness lifestyle: rather than driving her car, Dr. Niles rides her bike to work most days and even offers her patients a discount for riding their bike, too!
3 Ways You Can Practice Eco-Friendly Dental Care
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
Did you know that you can save up to 64 cups of clean, drinkable water each time you brush your teeth? Water is a limited resource, so do your part at-home by turning off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth. Further, it will lower your water bill, too! It’s a win/win.
Use a water flosser.
You should be flossing your teeth once each day, but using traditional floss is wasteful. Rather, at-home, switch to a water flosser. A water flosser can still remove food and plaque just like normal floss does between the teeth. It’s even a better option for those who have braces and other dental work that can be difficult to use traditional floss around. Using a water flosser results in less waste.
Many people often don’t think about recycling their dental products. However, an easy way to go green in your at-home dental routine involves looking for products that are recyclable, natural, and biodegradable. If you’re unsure, talk with Dr. Niles about the products you use at home to get her opinion. It’s especially important to talk with Dr. Niles if you have any questions about how a ‘green’ product lines up with those traditional ones to keep your teeth clean.
To succeed in being more eco-friendly, try making small adjustments in your everyday life. Even when you start by making small changes, you are still making a big difference in our environment. Small changes add up overtime, so start now! If you’re not sure where to start, our team is here to help you.
Make an Appointment with Niles Family Dentistry
Another way to be more eco-friendly is by making sure you are seeing a dentist that has your same values. Dr. Niles is not only committed to the environment, but she is equally committed to bringing you the most advanced dentistry the profession has to offer. To receive quality dental care in a way that is better for the environment, make an appointment with Niles Family Dentistry today by calling (729)-744-0001.