Sustainable Dentistry How-to Guide: Measuring and embedding sustainability
The dental team needs to understand the need for change and feel inspired to act. Part of achieving this is trying to assist the team in thinking about sustainability not as a separate entity but as integral to successful everyday functioning of the dental practice, and to patients’ overall health.
A formal sustainability plan with actions and outcome measures can signal that the practice is taking this agenda seriously and measuring progress. This then needs to be embedded into general management processes (such as the routine staff meetings) to ensure that momentum is not lost as other issues arise.
All staff and patients should be encouraged to share their values and solutions to support the practice in becoming more sustainable.