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Sustainable dentistry

The current status of sustainability in the dental profession

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  • Environmental sustainability in oral healthcare is an important emerging subject that is inextricably linked to our activities as oral healthcare professionals.

  • There is an increasing awareness of the need to work together with other stakeholder groups across our profession to achieve meaningful impactful outcomes.

  • Research and knowledge exchange are key to the promotion and attainment of long-lasting environmental sustainability goals.

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Martin, N. The current status of sustainability in the dental profession. Br Dent J 234, 242–243 (2023).

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