Green Dentistry

Our belief in approaching dentistry as a wellness practice guides our decisions.

Being a green dentist means rethinking how we approach everything from patient care to the processes we use at our dental practice to the environment we work in and the wider world outside.

Ours is a wellness-based approach to practicing dentistry that reduces waste and pollution, saves energy, water and money, and incorporates high-tech innovations for the betterment of our patients and the environment.

“Being a green practice is simply the right thing now and for the future,” Dr. Diesburg said. “Overall health — and we’re talking about our own health, the health of our kids and the health of our environment —  is at the forefront of what we are.”

Here are some ways in which Dr. Diesburg and his staff incorporate green approaches to dentistry:

Paperless charts
Dr. Diesburg’s team scans health histories and stores all of patient information in digital formats using a paperless charting system. In addition to saving paper resources, it allows them, though encrypting technology, to ensure patient privacy.

Digital X-rays
Our new digital X-Ray system, introduced in 2012, eliminates the use of traditional Mylar plates and chemical fixatives used to create radio graphs, or X-Rays. The new systems uses reusable phosphorous plates to create digital images, vastly reducing the amount of dangerous chemicals put into the environment. This also allows for easy transfer of information between Dr. Diesburg and area specialists. These X-Rays use 75% less radiation than traditional radio graphs, as well as less electricity in the process.

Focus on composite resins
Many patients are concerned about the health effects of mercury fillings. Dr. Diesburg has not once used alloy to fill a cavity in (mercury fillings) two years and counting. Talk to him at your next appointment if you are concerned about the mercury in your mouth.

Steam-based sterilizationOur office employs two steam-based surgical-grade instrument sterilization units, which use water instead of harmful chemicals.

Green cleaning lines
Our office switched to a non-chlorinated cleansing line to clean the water lines that run through the dental chair you sit in during treatment, reducing the amount of chemicals that end up in local aquifers

Water Filtration
Our water filtration system siphons out old alloy (metal) fillings and ensures mercury does not get into the environment.

We work with our friends at Recology/Western Oregon Waste to recycle all possible paper and plastic.

A living practice
We believe our practice doesn’t end when we leave its walls and have installed well-visited bird feeders outside of our patient room windows, as well as live plants within waiting areas and in some treatment rooms. You can see a rotating collection of our practice bonsai trees here.

We would be happy to talk to you about all of the measures we’re taking to make your experience here great. Next time you visit us, lean back, enjoy the chirping birds and know you are making the best wellness decision for your family by putting yourself in our hands.

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