Digital x-rays or radiographs allow dentists and hygienists to see inside a patient’s tooth. These images appear immediately on a computer screen, where the patient and dentist can view them, and they can be enlarged to make it easier to see damage on teeth as well. If required, images can immediately be emailed to insurance companies or other dental specialists as well.
Digital x-ray technology is far safer than standard x-rays because patients and dentists are exposed to 90% less radiation during the procedure. These images don’t require the use of harmful chemicals to develop, and there is also no need for plastic film packets to be used either. This enables dental employees, patients and the environment to be exposed to less harmful chemicals, while also reducing the amount of waste produced by the practice.
Our dental practice is a true chartless office. The team uses digital x-rays, intra oral cameras and dental software packages which enable them to chart decay, fillings, gum disease and all other case-specific findings and conditions. It also allows them to have all of a patient’s information on hand, which helps speed up the treatment process for patients. It also helps to keep records as safe and secure as possible. Patient information can be transmitted virtually immediately and files can be integrated into a secure email account as well. Being a chartless practice supports our belief of being eco-friendly by reducing paper usage. All computers at the practice are also 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 ecoAction Teams today.