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7 Things You Can’t Ignore If You Want To Go Green At Work

While DentalXChange offers solutions for your practice to be environmentally cautious in the office, here are seven great things you can do to be more environmentally aware at work.

  1. Open a Window:  Instead of turning on the air conditioning, open a window to let the cool breeze brighten up your office.  A little fresh air goes a long way and saves energy.
  2. Recycle: Have recycle bins around the office so staff can toss paper in the recycle bin instead of the trash can.  If it is feasible, try to get everyone a small recycle bin to make recycling easy.
  3. Electronic Charts:  Though this may be expensive initially, having your patients fill out charts on an iPad is a smart move and it saves paper.  Plus, while not in use for forms, the iPad can be docked to play patient education videos.
  4. BPA Free Cups: Instead of stocking your kitchen with plastic cups, give each employee reusable cups and mugs like these BPA free cups.  You can purchase them at home or sporting goods stores.  Retailers like Starbucks sell reusable tumblers and coffee mugs that make going green easy.
  5. Mind Electricity:  Be cautious about electricity usage at your office.  Whoever leaves last at the end of the day should be responsibly for making sure all the lights are turned off before they leave.  Staff should also be encouraged to turn off computers and printers at the end of the day so they aren’t unnecessarily turned on at the end of the day.
  6. Bring lunch:  This not only helps prevent you from having to drive to lunch but also eliminates all the packaging that inevitably comes with ordered lunch.  Bringing a reusable container from home eliminates waste.
  7. Walk/Bike:  If you live a close enough distance, bike to work!  You can also use your bike to get lunch, or walk while you go on your break to get lunch.
  8. Image courtesy ProFlowers

    Desk Plants:  Bringing a plant to your desk will purify the air in your office to help keep it fresh.  NASA has done many studies that show that certain plants effectively rid the air of carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene.  If you want a pretty, flowering plant, get gerberba daisies.   (Refer to this list for houseplants you can use.)

Here are some appalling facts about pollution and its effect on the environment:

-Each person creates an average of 4.7 pounds of waste daily!
-In 2007 alone, the amount of recycling saved the energy equivalent of 10.7 billion gallons of gasoline, thus preventing the release of carbon dioxide equivalent to 35 million cars!
-By recycling one ton of aluminum cans, we can conserve about 1,665 gallons of gasoline.
Every Year:
-Each person in the US uses about 10,000 sheets of paper
-Enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot wall from California to New York

Do you have any suggestions to add to this list?

DentalXChange is committed to going “green.”   In an effort to encourage practices to switch over to an Electronic Data Interchange format and do away with paper, CDA Endorsed Program DentalXChange will plant a tree in the name of each new practice that signs up for the company’s ClaimConnect product.  (read about it here).

The goal: Make practices run smoother and help the environment at the same time.

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Cut Costs, Not Trees.

Everyone is going paperless. From banks to insurance companies to dental offices, the world is turning the page on paper and diving head first into the digital age.

In an effort to encourage practices to switch over to an Electronic Data Interchange format and do away with paper, CDA Endorsed Program DentalXChange will plant a tree in the name of each new practice that signs up for any EDI product.

The goal: Make practices run smoother and help the environment at the same time.

Making the switch to a paperless practice is not as hard as one may think. Using an EDI system can help make the process easy.

DentalXChange offers a myriad of EDI solutions and products designed to help practices realize the benefits of going paperless. Products like ClaimConnect, directly link practices to insurance companies, allowing claims to be filed online – no more printing claims, stuffing envelopes and licking stamps.

DentalXChange also offers NEA Fast Attach, letting practices digitally file x-rays with their electronic claims and Patient Statements, which allows statements to be sent via e-mail and provides patients the ability to view and pay their statement online.

All DentalXChange products are designed to save paper, time, money and are all environmentally friendly.

To receive a tree, practices should sign up for any of DentalXChange’s EDI products and use it for 90 days. After the 90-day period, we will send you a certificate stating DentalXChange has planted a tree in honor of the practice. This certificate will show patients and employees of the practice that it cares about the community, the environment and is interested in making a difference in the world.

To learn more about DentalXChange’s EDI products, please call 800.576.6412 or visit www.DentalXChange.com.

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Patient Education Resources You Can’t Ignore If You Want Patients to Say “YES” To Treatment

Millions of Americans do not visit the dentist for their six month checkups, and if they miss their preventative checkups, dentists are more likely to find problems that require follow up visits and a comprehensive treatment plan.

The likelihood that your staff went through the exact same training on dental care is low.  Because of this, your dental assistant may explain certain treatment plans differently than your dental hygienist would.  Unfortunately, relaying the benefits of a treatment plan is quite possibly one of the most challenging tasks of a dental professional.

When treatment information is explained ineffectively, you risk losing the trust and patronage of your patient.  It is imperative your patient understands the procedure your practice is suggesting so that they have the knowledge to say “YES” to dental treatments.

Procedures tend to be explained differently by members of your staff, so in order to minimize confusion we encourage dental practices to invest in a patient education solution.  As a matter of fact, only 10% of what you say is retained by the patient, so sending them home with information is key.

Not only will this help teach your patients about procedures, but, playing a dental education video on cosmetic procedures in the waiting room instead of playing the latest talk show may encourage patients to ask you later about what they saw in the waiting room.

We have two solutions for you.  One, you can use our web-based $9.95/month online patient education system to share videos on a variety of topics ranging from infant care to emergency dental care.  Our online solution is extremely fast and easy to use. As an integrated part of our existing PatientConnect solutions, it can be accessed from any computer with internet access.  You can even add links to videos on your website.

Our second solution is our full chair-side application.  This application comes with over 300 illustrations and animations with over 30 of the most popular dental movies that can be played in any sequence.

It is extremely important to give your patients the knowledge to say “YES” to your dental treatment suggestions, and there is no better way than to have consistent education and training.  Click here for more information.

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