Environmental Dentistry in Melbourne
We employ sustainable dentistry practices and eco-friendly dentistry approaches in our practice operations at our Richmond dental clinic. These factors mean that we:
- reduce the amount of single-use plastics used at our practice (wrappers and mouthwash rinse cups)
- source our electricity from responsible, green retailers
- maintain a clean water system that focuses on eliminating pollutants into Melbourne’s waterways
- minimise the use of harsh cleaning chemicals
- create crowns and other teeth restorations with our in-house CEREC laboratory, reducing the carbon footprint associated with having the restorative components made off-site
- prevent amalgam and mercury waste from entering the water supply
- use digital X-ray imaging instead of printing images onto plastic films.
We have noticed that these environmental approaches improve not only patient experience but also our dentists’ experiences. Our skilled and caring dentists love working here! And of course as sustainable and green dentists, we are doing everything we can to create a better environment for our patients now and our families into the future.
The Richmond Difference
Our staff make patient safety and experience their top priority. Not only do our patients receive exemplary in-chair care from our team of highly skilled and professional dentists, hygienists and oral health therapists, but our patients do so in a calming, clean and beautiful environment.
The nature of modern dentistry demands that many of the tools and equipment used in our dental suites are wrapped in a plastic covering. We use the plastic coverings responsibly, and we place as little of these coverings in our general waste as possible.
A Gentle Environment
We commit to being gentle to the environment at our Richmond dental practice. Our commitment extends to heightening air quality, reducing the use of harsh chemicals in cleaning and increasing the use of natural/essential oils from both an ambience and cleaning standpoint.
State-of-the-art filtration and vacuum extraction systems are part of every dental suite. These systems remove dust, particulate and aerosol matter from the air, making it safer for for patients and dental staff alike. Never has a commitment to optimal air quality been as crucial as in Australia’s post-pandemic environment. People want to feel more safe and protected than ever. If we can provide that environment to our patients, then we think we are meeting and exceeding our commitment to patient safety.
Furnishings and Floorings
Our Richmond dental practice has an abundance of indoor potted plants. Not only do these plants look beautiful, but they produce oxygen which continues to improve our clinic’s air quality.
Furniture in our dental practice is comfortable and locally sourced where possible. Using locally sourced materials helps to reduce our Richmond clinic’s environmental footprint.
We’ve fitted top-quality floor coverings throughout our dental clinic. Beautiful Australian wool carpets grace our reception and waiting areas, and our dental suite floors are covered in Marmoleum. Marmoleum is a sustainable form of linoleum made from natural content including jute and limestone. Marmoleum is eco-friendly and free from PVC. We are proud to use this innovative product in our dental suites.
Even our website is green!
We partner with a trusted web hosting company, trusted by over 2,000,000 domain owners. Our web hosting partner commits to a zero-carbon footprint by matching the energy consumed by their cloud-based global operations centre with 100% renewable energy.
Clinic-wide environmental commitment
Because our clinic has such a strong focus on creating a calm, green and clean environment, our staff have a natural tendency to act as environmental stewards. We are happy to share our green dentistry knowledge and experiences with our patients so we can all work together to live in a safer, greener world.