Melbourne Smile Clinic

Reducing Dentistry's Environmental Impact

 

Dentists for Cleaner Water

The Melbourne Smile Clinic is proud to be be part of the Dentists for Cleaner Water programme. Amalgam fillings removed from teeth contribute to mercury in the sewage system. Our practice has installed an amalgam separator to filter amalgam filling residues from waste water and prevent their release into the sewage system.

 

 

 

 

Digital Radiography

The use of digital radiography not only reduces the dosage of x-ray radiation that the patient is exposed to when radiographs are taken, they also eliminate the use of x-ray films and a layer of lead that eventually ends up as waste. Additionally, the use of x-ray developer solutions is eliminated, hence also reducing the production of potentially toxic waste.

Biodegradable Materials

Adhering to proper infection control standards means that a lot of plastic barriers are used on various equipment. These are changed after each patient to prevent cross contamination for health and sanitary reasons.

As much as possible, we now use biodegradable plastic barriers to reduce our impact on the environment. Our supplier for these products is Bio-Protect.

 

Environmental Toothbrush

The environmental toothbrush is made of bamboo and is fully biodegradable and sustainable. It is also BPA free. The soft bristled toothbrush is now available for sale at the Melbourne Smile Clinic.

 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Covid-19 update: Level 1 restrictions

Level 1 restrictions in place: All routine dental treatment can provided with added precautions. Patients will be asked to use a 0.2% chlorhexidine mouthrinse prior to starting a procedure. Triage of patients will be carried out before an appointment is booked. We ask that patients who have been overseas over the last month, are feeling unwell or have been in contact with an infected person to delay dental visits. Social distancing measures have been set up in the waiting as well as the staggering of appointments. We ask that all patients sanitise their hands with the alcohol-based handrub provided when they present at reception. Thank you.