Sustainable Dentistry

The practice of healthcare contributes significantly to the international carbon footprint, and therefore undermines both human health and the health of the planetary. Dentistry contributes to planetary harm through the products we buy, the waste we produce, and the way patients access our services.

This course explores the evidence on harm and ways of reducing it, and prepares dental teams to become more sustainable healthcare providers.  The course is designed for dental care professionals and support staff in primary and secondary care.

  • Workshop: 17 November (Wed) 13.00-17.00
    • Self-study period opens: 27 October 2021 (Wed)
    • Work-in-progress presentations: 26 January (Wed) 15.00-17.00

£165 + VAT |  Book here

Book a course with peace of mind: We realise that healthcare workers may have to change their plans at short notice. If you are unable to attend a workshop, we can offer you a workshop at a later date for no charge. We can also offer a refund as long as you cancel before the course opens for self-study, which is 3 weeks before the workshop. There will be an admin fee of £30 for refunds.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the current planetary emergency and its implications for human health
  • Identify the contribution dentistry makes to environmental degradation, and how it can be reduced
  • Explain how sustainability can be marketed to improve public knowledge 
  • Design a more sustainable dental practice  


Course structure

Part I. Self-study module

All course content is presented in the online module.  You will need about 6 hours to go through this round-up of theory and practice.  A discussion forum allows you to meet fellow participants and get to know each other's areas of interest and work.  At the end of the module, you are invited to sketch out a plan of work that you might want to undertake, in preparation for the workshop discussions.  All online content will be available to you until your Work-in-Progress session.  

Part II.  Live workshop online

This 4 hour virtual workshop consolidates your understanding of the course materials. Small group discussions with CSH experts and dentistry colleagues allow further exploration of topics that interest you and tips on how to translate your ideas into action.   The timetable includes pre-session technical assistance and networking, followed by a review of the self-study material review with Q&A.  In breakout groups you will then share your ideas for a sustainability intervention in your setting and make plans to address it, using a range of resources, tools and methods.   By the end of the workshop you should feel equipped to get started on putting sustinability into action in your workplace.  

Part III: Work-in-Progress

To support you after the initiation of your project we offer the opportunity to meet again as a group 2 months after the Workshop. In a two-hour session you will hear how others have progressed, and can present what you've done so far, answer questions and take feedback from participants and expert facilitators. 



brett duaneBrett Duane,  Associate Professor in Dental Public Health, Trinity College, Dublin

Brett has a degree in dentistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has worked in primary dental care in England, Australia and New Zealand. He has a Masters in Management in Health (University of Newcastle, Australia), a Masters in Public Health (University of Glasgow) and a PHD in Dentistry (Finland).  From 2001-2005 he worked as Senior Dental Officer in an Aboriginal health service.

Amarantha Fennell-Wells, Fellow in Sustainable Healthcare, Welsh Clinical Leadership Programme

Amarantha is taking a break from practising dentistry to embed sustainability within quality improvement training and medical education at Cardiff Medical School, and to support efforts to reduce the environmental impact of healthcare in Wales. After completing three years of Dental Core Training in a variety of specialties (including a gruelling on-call rota in oral and maxillofacial surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic), Amarantha was thrilled to be appointed as the first Welsh Leadership Fellow in Sustainable Healthcare for 2020-21.

Darshini Ramasubbu, Clinical Fellow in Sustainable Dentistry (Dental Public Health)

Darshini is a practising dentist who recently completed a Masters in Dental Public Health, and in currently pursuing a PhD in sustainable dentistry.  In 2017-18 she worked with CSH to promote sustainability in the provision of dental care, and produce teaching materials for Health Education England.

Sheryl Wilmott, Specialty Dentist,  Maxillofacial Surgery and Quality Assurance Lead

Sheryl has worked in primary and secondary care dentistry across the UK and with health initiatives in the UK, Peru and Colombia. She has a research Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Manchester and a Future Leaders Fellowship in Research & Innovation. Sheryl is particularly interested in incorporating sustainability teaching into the undergraduate and postgraduate dental curriculum, to create a workforce that is ready to tackle the climate crisis.

heyley bioDr Hayley Pinto, Education and Training Lead, CSH

Hayley was a lead consultant addiction psychiatrist with nearly 30 yrs experience in the NHS and publicly funded services.  She is a medical educator, and currently senior honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia, and has been involved in climate education, outreach, and activism for several years. Hayley also has a degree in psychology and completed general practice training before pursuing a career in psychiatry. 

jenifferJennifer Lee, Paediatric Dentist

Jenn is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, currently completing an MSc in paediatric dentistry at Ohio State University.  Her research evaluates the carbon footprint associated with paediatric dental care and aims to inform policies to increase preventative measures and decrease the carbon footprint of dentistry.