Digital radiographs enable the dentist or the dental hygienist to look inside the tooth. The x-ray image immediately appears on a computer screen to enable both the patient and the dentist to review immediately. These images can be enlarged to increase visibility of problem areas.
The digital radiographic technology is significantly safer to you, the patient, and to the environment. The old method of x-rays technology emitted more radiation. To put this in perspective for you: six (6) digital X-ray images of teeth can be taken for the same amount of radiation exposure it takes to process one (1) piece of conventional dental X-ray film. Digital X-rays do not require harmful toxic chemicals for film development and eliminate the use of plastic film packets. This is a tremendous environmental benefit. This means the employees, the patients and the environment are not exposed to harmful chemicals and reduction in the amount of disposables.
We are a true chartless office. The digital x-ray system, intra oral cameras and dental software we use allow our staff to chart fillings, decay, periodontal disease and other case-specific findings. Being chartless allows us to have detailed information at our fingertips which helps us treat you more quickly and efficiently all the while keeping your records safe, secure and as accurate as possible. We can instantly transmit patient information and radiographs digitally if needed and can integrate your entire file into a secure email. Being chartless also supports our philosophy of being eco-friendly by cutting down on paper use and unnecessary waste. All of our computers are energy star compliant.
Leave your car at home for a day (or a week or a month) and try walking or biking. If work is too far away to walk, take public transit or carpool. One city bus eliminates the emissions of 40 cars
Where's The Beef
Try eating meat-free at least one day a week. A meat-based diet requires seven times more land than a plant-based diet. Livestock production is responsible for more climate change gasses than all the motor vehicles in the world.
Let It Rot
Put a composter in your backyard or use your green bin to reduce household waste. Composting organics has two key benefits: it reduces the amount of waste going to landfills and when added to your garden, helps nourish soil and plants.
Keep Your Eye On The Temp
Set your thermostat above room temperature in the summer and below room temperature in the winter. For each degree you adjust, you can save five per cent on your utility bill and one per cent on your energy use.
Don’t Dump It – Blue Box It!
The simple act of recycling has more impact on the environment than the average Canadian thinks. The amount of wood and paper North Americans throw away each year is enough to heat five million homes for 200 years.
This is a great opportunity to brag. Tell someone what you're doing to make the world a better place. Support the cause. Encourage them to get involved too!
Turn off the lights, the computer and the TV when they are not in use. Using only highly efficient and money saving appliances can reduce the electricity consumption of an average household to one tenth of the US average.
Choose foods produced organically, locally and in season. Support your regional farmers & farming industry: buying locally and in season is better for the environment than buying foods that have been shipped hundreds of kilometers to your local market.
Don’t Be Idle
Turn off your car's engine if stopped for more than 10 seconds. If every driver of a light duty vehicle avoided idling by five minutes a day, collectively, we would save 1.8 million litres of fuel per day, almost 4500 tonnes of GHG emissions, and $1.7 million in fuel costs each day (assuming fuel costs are $0.95/L)
Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). A CFL uses only 25 per cent as much energy as an incandescent bulb and lasts 10 times longer.
These are just 10 of the things you can do right now to help save the environment. Find out more and learn exactly how much greenhouse gas, water, electricity and money you can save: Visit eco Action Teams today.