Dr. Roze & Associates is “greener” than ever

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Dr. Andrew Culbard

Since opening in 2012, Dr. Roze & Associates has been conscious of not only the health and welfare of our patients, but also of our environmental footprint.

The office was designed to incorporate new and improved methods of re-cycling and organic products – continuously working to keep up-to-date with advanced technologies and procedures as they develop.

We always have your health and our community in mind.

Providing ‘green’ patient care is a key priority for us – using organic products and new procedures that are kind both to you and the environment. These include:

• more digital dentistry – 90% reduction in exposure to radiation
• laser dentistry to reduce the need for antibiotics and pain killers – pain-free dentistry
• no amalgam (metal) fillings – only safe composite resin
• minimally-invasive treatments
• we always keep the teeth whenever possible to avoid long-term need for replacements
• dental sealants and fluoride treatments to strengthen and protect teeth and reduce the need for fillings and other dental work

Dr Roze & Associates is also committed to maintaining a ‘green’ office:

• we have switched from plastic bottles to to glass bottles
• we are going paperless whenever possible
• use organic and natural products
• we are eliminating toxic materials
• more efficient energy and water usage
• re-cycling as much as we can

What is ‘green’ dentistry and what are the benefits?

What is ‘green’ dentistry?
‘Green’ dentistry is delivering treatments that promote environmental health – using the most advanced technology that enhances efficiency and reduces the amount of waste and chemical materials.

What are the benefits of ‘green’ dentistry?
‘Green’ dentistry benefits include:
• Less radiation – from the use of digital radiography over traditional film x-ray systems
• Less waste and chemical compounds – with the use of bio-degradable products, less paper and film
• Metal-free restorations – composite materials of metal-based ones

What about natural toothpastes? Are they effective?

Many stores offer different brands of natural toothpaste, but is it better than the toothpaste you’ve always used?
Ultimately, the basic functions of toothpaste are the same no matter what flavour or brand you choose to buy, but here are the key differences between ‘natural’ toothpastes and traditional toothpastes:

1.) Sweeteners: natural toothpastes are often sweetened with xylitol or stevia, while most other toothpastes use saccharin or other artificial sweeteners
2.) Fluoride: there is a lot of anti-fluoride talk, and those who oppose its use believe it unnatural or unsafe. For this reason, many natural toothpastes contain no fluoride. All other toothpastes use fluoride as an active anti-cavity ingredient
3.) Animal Testing: most toothpastes are tested on animals, but natural toothpastes are not, as a rule
4.) Dyes: natural toothpastes are often white or off-white, containing no artificial coloring. Non-natural toothpastes contain bright blues, reds, greens, and other safe (but unnatural) colours

Should we be cautious about products if they are not organic?

Ingredients are very important. Certain harsh detergents and various other ingredients may have potentially harmful side effects, whether natural or chemical. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or the antimicrobial agent triclosan should be on your ”don’t” list.
However, be aware that even natural ingredients can have harmful side effects. Plants and herbal extracts have potent medicinal properties, and many so-called ‘natural’ toothpastes also contain harsh preservatives and abrasives which can make your teeth sensitive and may have nothing to do with preventing tooth decay.

Fluoride or no fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found throughout the earth’s crust and widely distributed in nature. Some foods and water supplies contain fluoride. It helps prevent cavities in two different ways:

1. Fluoride concentrates in the growing of bones and developing teeth of children, helping to harden the enamel on baby and adult teeth before they emerge
2. Fluoride helps to harden the enamel on adult teeth that have already emerged

Fluoride works during the de-mineralisation and re-mineralisation processes that naturally occur in your mouth.

• After you eat, your saliva contains acids that cause de-mineralisation – a dissolving of the calcium and phosphorous under the tooth’s surface.
• At other times when your saliva is less acidic it does just the opposite, replenishing the calcium and phosphorous that keep your teeth hard. This process is called re-mineralisation. When fluoride is present during re-mineralisation, the minerals deposited are harder than they would otherwise be, helping to strengthen your teeth and prevent dissolution during the next demineralisation phase
What can be harmful is the excess of fluoride, that’s why it is very important to check with your dentist to know how much you or your children should be exposed to. He/she will then advise you on the type of toothpaste you should use and the amount of fluoride you need. It is particularly important for children as they often swallow the toothpaste.

Dr. Andrew Culbard
Cosmetic & Restorative Dentist
Dr. Roze & Associates Dental Clinic
Website: www.drrozedentalclinic.com

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