Dental services have an important opportunity to address the sustainability of services – from the design of the clinical pathway to the organisation and delivery of care.  

In 2015-16 CSH undertook a project to measure the carbon footprint of dental services in England, funded by a grant from Public Health England. The report, released in July 2018, includes detail from the footprinting exercise which CSH has undertaken and refers to full tables of information which are available to all. It will also be of methodological interest to those working in sustainability or carbon footprinting in areas other than dentistry.

Linked with the carbon modelling work and with our Sustainable Specialties Fellowships we have hosted a number dentistry scholars who have worked on a range of projects to raise awareness and increase understanding of sustainability among dental health professionals. The scholars are supported by a national Dental Sustainability Advisory Group including representatives from the British Dental Association, the British Dental Industry Association, the General Dental Council, NHS England, Health Education England, practitioners and researchers.

To help raise awareness of sustainability within dental practice we have produced a How-To Guide for Dental Practices and an online module with free CPD, available free-to-access for dental professionals as part of the e-Den dentistry package on e-Learning for Healthcare. These resources and others are brought together on Dental Susnet - a network for sharing resources and best practice in sustainable dentistry.