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Go Green: It’s the Right Thing to Do (AGD 130)

Presenter: American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Dental Practice (CDP) and the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA)


What exactly is “going green”? What does it mean to the practice of dentistry? Dental healthcare professionals know the importance of preserving the environment and the environment’s contribution to overall
health and well-being. Research has shown there is a rising consumption of diminishing natural resources. Air and water pollution, growing landfills and the effects of global warming have added to this decline. Dentistry can lessen the combined environmental impact by utilizing the “Four R’s of Going Green,” namely, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink.” This course will include the parameters needed to initiate a program for your dental practice that is simple and practical to implement.


This Continuing Education Course was jointly developed by the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Dental Practice (CDP) and the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). The ADAA would like to thank the CDP for their contributions in working toward bettering the environment.


After completing this course, the dental professional should be able to:
• Understand the concepts and benefits of going green.
• List the steps needed to get started.
• Implement a written plan for the office.
• Outline energy and water conversation measures.
• Incorporate the “Four R’s of Going Green” into a dental practice.
• Find resources available to aid the office to “go green”.
• Decrease the practice’s contribution to environmental pollution.
• Develop a green page for the practice’s website.
• Include green tips in the practice’s newsletter.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.


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