Part 2: Sustainable dentistry in 500 words or more

SINGAPORE: Why should dental professionals strive towards sustainable dentistry? Firstly, it is the right thing to do ethically; secondly, it is a great marketing-tool; and finally, it creates an attractive workplace for new colleagues, since research indicates that the younger generation values sustainable workplaces more highly than monetary compensation. Before taking steps towards creating a green dental practice and practising green dentistry, the practitioner should understand that sustainability minimises the pitfalls and simplifies the process. This article will give a brief overview of sustainable development, focusing on Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

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Slow down everyone—dentistry does not need to be done at speed—Part 1

Dentistry in many parts of the world is being taken over by financially driven practices, and there seems to be a growing number of clinics that are focused only on the bottom line and, as such, see the largest number of patients possible a day, putting themselves and their patients at risk. How? By not taking the appropriate amount of time to process patients’ information, properly discuss treatment options with them and prepare the operatory for therapy and in many cases by not placing a dental dam when needed. Bethany O'Neillwww.kelloggfamilydentalfoundation.com

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