The truth is that dentistry, like many industries, isn't the most environmentally friendly business, but at tooth we always try to do the right thing for both the environment and for our community.
We realise that not everyone is lucky enough to be able to afford private dentistry and not everyone has the opportunity to learn good oral hygiene from an early age. That's why our community program aims to help our local community by supporting our local primary school, just minutes away from tooth.
We've run classes with local schoolchildren, teaching them the benefits of good oral health, brushing techniques and all about decay!
In addition, we've donated toothbrushes, toothpaste and brushing charts, as well as healthy apples for all the children. We've also donated toothbrushe and toothpaste goody bags to the local community centre women's group.
We always like to do our bit for charity. In addition to team 10k runs for charity, we've also run our annual fundraising challenge for DentAid - a charity which aims to offer dentistry to people in remote areas of developing countries. We give an monthly donation via our IT supplier to dental charity Bridge2Aid which helps provide dentistry to poor communities in the developing world.
At tooth we actively do all we can to minimise our environmental footprint. A lot of our waste has to be disposed of under licence as clinical waste, but the rest we aim to recycle as much as possible and all staff are trained to separate waste and minimise landfill. We aim to buy recycled products where possible and always minimise our carbon footprint by switching off lights and electronics when not in use. We have fitted automatic lighting switches in heavy footfall areas such as our decontamination room and patient bathroom to minimise carbon impact.
Our surgery is fully accessible to all patients, fitted with an approved hearing loop and we are committed to finding new ways to reduce our environmental footprint and increase our giving back on an ongoing basis.