Green Spotlight

Dr. Scott Clinton of Waxahachie Family Dentistry and his team have achieved GreenDOC Gold Certification and have taken outstanding initiative to create an eco-friendly dental office!

Dr. Scott Clinton

Dr. Scott Clinton

In recognition of Dr. Clinton’s  accomplishment, we asked him a few questions about his green practice:

What was the easiest aspect of going green?

The easiest thing for us was building a new office.  We went into the preliminary design with the idea of being green.  Decisions we made in terms of equipment and material choices in the office were first from a “green” standpoint.  Much of what we do in terms of being green incorporated technology we wanted to make sure we had in the office.  For example, I knew I wanted to be “paperless” in the office and I wanted to incorporate digital x-rays and not have  a film processor.  From the first office design, we did not have a place to store charts or a spot for the x-ray processor.

What was the most unexpected benefit of being a green dental office?

One of the greatest unexpected benefits of being green is in our air conditioning system.  Texas summers are very hot.  Our office design incorporated green aspects that save money on electircity bills every month.

How have your patients responded to your green dental office?

Many patients are very open to being green in dentistry.  Often, they ask us why we do something the way we do and when we explain that it is to be green for the environment, it starts a conversation.

If there were just one thing you would tell your colleagues to do to go green, what would it be?

Going green is a mindset.  It is a change in attitude and perspective, not a change in how you treat patients.

Would you say that dentistry’s future is green?

Absolutely!  I think the perspective of disposable plastic and E speed film will change more and more as dentistry moves into the future,  especially as organizations like the Eco-Dentistry Association continue to grow!

How has your dental team responded to your green initiatives?

Any thing new is rarely embraced with enthusiasm.  We have to move past the mindset of, “We have never done it this way before.”  Initial response was poor (blatant eye roll), but as we have changed things, the staff saw that the changes were not hard, just a different perspective on an old problem.

About Dr. Scott Clinton

Dr. Clinton is involved in his local community and in a broader way through the Spear Open Wide Foundation. This Foundation provides care in under-served countries. The Mission of Spear Open Wide Foundation is to make a difference in the developing world.

Dr. Clinton has been in private practice in Waxahachie since June 2000. He has been married to his wife since 1993. He has two sons. He spends his free time traveling, and loves golf. Dr. Clinton is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr Clinton is on the leading edge of diagnostics and treatment of oral conditions.

Visit Dr. Clinton’s website at and check out his profile on the Eco-Dentistry website here!


  1. Thanks for the information. I haven’t heard of another dental office receiving a certification for going green. I hope others will follow you. Like you stated change is sometimes difficult but then becomes normal.

    • Hi Melanie! We actually have 800 members (in 45 U.S. states and 16 countries world-wide)! We have offices certified in Australia, Canada, the U.S. and Brazil. There’s a 1:1 correlation between high-tech and green, so many offices are already greener than they think they are! Our GreenDOC Certification is similar to LEED Certification except that it’s specific to dentistry and is designed to be completed at your own pace. Please contact us at or 510-841-1229 if you’d like to learn about how this could help set your practice apart.

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