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Green Dentistry

September 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Opened in 2007, Dr. Jason McMillan’s practice, Mint Dental Works, recently received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™ platinum status for commercial interiors. This award adds to a long list of similar commendations from local and national organizations that recognize ecologically minded businesses. From higher indoor air quality to resource conservation to waste reduction, Dr. McMillain covered all the bases at Mint Dental Works. His practice promotes “eco-dentistry,” which involves using technology, tools, and materials that are safer for patients than traditional means. In the photo, you can see that the look and feel inside Mint Dental Works is reminiscent of the early 1900s, with a comfortable, clean appeal. Natural light, cool colors, and whimsical accents make the practice pleasant and inviting while adding to the “green” appeal.

Even with the recent hearing for the New Jersey Main Line dentist accused of dumping medical waste on the shore, there is an overall movement in dentistry toward energy-efficient, eco-friendly practices. Many aspects of “green dentistry” exist: the architecture of a dental practice, energy sources, clinical and administrative technology, materials used for treatment, and more. For an existing practice, moving toward “green” slowly may be the best option. The existing practice can go paperless, use digital x-ray, stop using mercury altogether, and install energy-efficient windows to flood the interior with natural light. Indoor plants, an air filtration system, and a commitment to reduce office waste (recycle!) are simple changes that don’t cost much – they’re a good place to start. To learn more about “green dentistry,” visit these pages:

“Dr. McMillan is a graduate of the Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry. He is currently consulting with Henry Schein Dental, the U.S. dental division of Henry Schein, Inc., which is the largest provider of healthcare products and services to office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European markets.”

Source: Photos & Press Release, Henry Schein, Sept. 2, 2008

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