How Do You Know What Container Is Right For You?

May 5, 2023

There are thousands, maybe even millions of container options to choose from as a part of dental supply inventory management. When it comes to organizing in the dental office, it’s a little bit different from organizing your kitchen pantry. In this article we will help provide you with research and information on which dental carts may be the best for your office space. What to look for and keep in mind when shopping for containers to make it easier on you and less time consuming.


One of the first things you will want to look for is the mobility of the cart itself. You will want something that is easy to move around from room to room. This cart or container should be able to be positioned close to the dental chair to be easily accessible during the entire procedure. For example, look for a cart with wheels that can lock to keep in place when needed, but easy to move around once it’s needed someplace else. You will also want to look for multiple tiers and enclosed bins so aerosols are unable to reach the items and supplies you have in your cart. We recommend something like the infinity 4-drawer rolling cart for this. Recommended use for dental carts like the example given can be for root canals or crown preparation appointments.


Next is to consider the size of the dental cart or container and whether it will fit properly  in the space available in your operatory or lab space. You'll want to make sure that it's not too bulky or too small for the supplies or small equipment that will occupy the space. Every office will be different in this category as each room, lab, and reception are different sizes everywhere you go. When looking for the size of your container, take note of everything that will need to go inside of it, this way you don’t run into ordering something too big or too small and have to go through an exchange process. Here we can provide you with two examples of similar carts, but at a different size and price to compare with that you are looking for. If you need something of larger capacity we recommend the Elfa mesh kitchen cart in a dark color.

If you are interested in something of a smaller capacity, we recommend the Sterilite 3-drawer chest with wheels.


When purchasing the right organization carts that will work within your office, consider the ergonomic design of the dental cart, such as the height of the work surface and the positioning of the drawers and shelves. Will it be easy to reach for something during a procedure should you need it? Will you have to dig around to look for what you need or will it be properly placed in a specific spot that it returns to each time you are done with said supply or item? This may take some trial and error, and that’s okay, you will eventually get to a place where you find the perfect cart that fits all of your needs. If you are able to have one of these containers or carts stay in the room, we would recommend a few clear drawers where you can easily see what’s inside before reaching in, and also able to easily disinfect the outside of it. Here is an option that may work for you. The Luxe 3-Drawer Acrylic Accessory Box is a great option for small items such as burs, anesthetic, and small restorative supplies like bond and micro brushes.

Features and Material

Look for additional features that may be useful, such as built-in power outlets, adjustable lighting, and easy-to-clean surfaces. Look for a dental cart that has sufficient storage space for the instruments and materials that you need during procedures. It should also have compartments for storing sterile and non-sterile items separately.

Dental carts can be made of different materials, such as plastic, metal, or wood. Consider the durability, ease of cleaning, and aesthetics of the material. Check and see which ones are OSHA compliant and fall into a category that will work for the dental office should you see one you think will work best for you. Let’s say you wanted something that was open and easy to get to, make sure that this cart does not enter a room where aerosols will be present. One we recommend would be the 3-tier rolling cart.


Consider the cost of the dental cart and whether it fits within your budget. It's important to balance cost with quality and functionality to ensure that you get the best value for your money. Whether your budget is $50.00 or $500.00, the container store will have what you are looking for when it comes to staying organized and being durable enough. The wide variety of options and price range really set this site apart from the rest. We guarantee you can find what you are looking for within your price point. Here you will find a final few options at different prices for you to choose from and compare as needed.

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In conclusion, you will want to take all of these tips into consideration when purchasing an organization for your dental office. What works best for you, may not work for someone else. That’s why there are so many options to choose from! Hopefully, with the examples we provided for you, you can make these purchases with ease and find the right one for you.



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