Environmental Impacts of Oral Health Care: Making Sustainable Attainable

CE Credits
1 hour

Oral health teams know that creating an oral health practice that manages the impact of daily activities on the environment is critical. But how do they sustain those practices? Or if they’re new to the topic, where do they even begin? 

This webinar, featuring two experts from the World Dental Federation Sustainability Task Force, will explore how oral health teams can deliver effective and high-quality care that is environmentally sustainable. Our experts will discuss the specific environmental challenges associated with dental practices and share actionable strategies practitioners and patients can implement in their next appointments. They’ll also share tools and resources that will help us all understand what steps we can take to effect positive change in the industry. 

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the specific environmental challenges associated with dental practices, including waste generation, water usage, and energy consumption.  
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of sustainability efforts in dental practices and the dental team's role in monitoring and improving these efforts.  
  • Develop actionable strategies for implementing environmental sustainability in dental practices. 


Wai-Sum Leung RDH, MS, Project Coordinator, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health 


  • Steven Mulligan, BSc, BDS, Dip. MJDF, PhD, University of Sheffield, FDI World Dental Federation Sustainability Task Team Member, Oral Healthcare  
  • Donna M. Hackley, DMD, MA, MPH, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, FDI World Dental Federation Sustainability Task Team Member




CareQuest Institute for Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. CareQuest Institute for Oral Health designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit. This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. All participating instructors in this program have disclosed that they do not have any financial arrangement or affiliation with the listed persons or entity(ies) offering financial support, products, and/or services mentioned or related to the content of this program/activity.