LI Center for Healthier Dentistry values the overall health of its patients and staff. That is why we have installed air purifiers in each of our treatment rooms. The purifiers not only filter dust and particles from the air, they also use UV lights to sterilize the filtered air, killing viruses and bacteria.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman follows an environmentally-concious lifestyle. He drives a Prius, actively recycles, and plans on installing solar panels in his home. Dr. Shvartsman strongly believes that we should leave a clean world for our children and grandchildren. Yet providing a clean dental environment is equally important to him. The following are among some of the technology and materials that are used at our environmentally-friendly dental office.
Despite overwhelming evidence that mercury is one of the most toxic heavy metals, the practice of placing mercury-based amalgams in the mouths of dental patients has been ongoing for more than one-hundred-and-eighty years. Because mercury vapor is readily ionized, the use of air ionizers during amalgam removal is recommended by The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).
Mercury from dental amalgam waste accounts for an estimated ten-to-fifteen-percent of environmental mercury pollution. Whenever silver-mercury amalgam fillings are placed or removed, mercury waste is generated. Most of the amalgam filling pieces are suctioned up into dental office waterlines, allowing these mercury-containing particles to enter into our water supply. Additionally, leftover mercury scraps from fillings are often thrown into the garbage.
Traditional dental X-rays are a hazard to the environment. The danger comes from two sources: the packaging of the X-ray film and the chemicals used in the development of the film. The X-ray film is packaged in paper, plastic, and lead, all of which are usually thrown into the garbage. This adds to lead pollution levels and increases landfill volume. The chemicals used to develop the X-rays are caustic, and they are typically dumped into sinks, where they then enter our drinking water.