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Vol. 73, No. 1
ISSN: 1488-2159
February 2007


The Environmental Impact of Dentistry


• Margot Hiltz, MSc, DDS •

A b s t r a c t

As dental practitioners, we must recognize that some of the materials and procedures we use to provide dental health services may present challenges to the environment. Realizing this, we can begin to take measures to minimize the production of these wastes and their potential environmental effects. This paper identifies some common wastes produced by dental offices (dental amalgam, lead, silver, biomedical and general office waste) and provides practical suggestions for reducing the impact of our profession on the environment.


MeSH Key Words: dental waste; environmental pollutants/adverse effects; environmental pollution/prevention & control; medical waste disposal
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