Journal ID : CJOHNS-27-11-2023-11419
[This article belongs to Volume - 54, Issue - 10]

Title : A Cross-Sectional Study of Green Behaviors: Current Usage and Perceived Barriers among Worldwide Dental Care Practitioners

Abstract :

Dental professionals have a responsibility to conserve natural resources and to eliminate/reduce toxic wastes from their practices that could harm human health and the environment. The current study aims to investigate green behaviors, current usage and perceived barriers among worldwide dental care practitioners and the implementation of eco-friendly dental office strategies by the dentists of tricity. Self-designed questionnaires were distributed to registered 105 dentists based on a pilot study. The Iraqi Dental Association (N=35), the Nigerian Dental Association (N=25), and the various Pakistan Dental Association branches nationwide provided a list of private dental practitioners. Descriptive statistics and cross-tabulations were calculated using the SPSS version 23 software. The majority of them used green dental practices, such as using light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs in place of amalgam fillings (93.3%); unplugging electronic devices when not in use (91.4%); using cloth instrument wraps for steam sterilization (68.5%) as opposed to paper and plastic autoclave bags; and employing digital radiography (74.2%). Only 63.8% of dentists in the general public dispose of amalgam in ways different from conventional trash, and 71.4% of them store leftover amalgam particles in well-sealed receptacles. The most frequently identified barriers to the implementation of eco-friendly dental office strategies were cost and lack of incentives from the government. Green practice implementation by dentists is at its stage of infancy. There is a need to create awareness among dentists regarding green dental practices through formal and continuing dental education.

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