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Dr. David Walt
Walt Orthodontics Earns Eco-Dentistry Gold Certification
Vaughan orthodontic practice achieves charter certification from Eco-Dentistry Association
Vaughan, ON April 21, 2014 – Walt Orthodontics is one of the first 100 dental practices in the world to achieve the Eco-Dentistry Association’s Gold Certification, by successfully completing the EDA’s GreenDOC™ program. Only dental offices meeting the association’s highest standards of pollution prevention, waste reduction, water and energy conservation, and wellness-based practices qualify as EDA certified offices.
The EDA’s GreenDOC™ program contains over 180 eco-friendly initiatives that dental offices can implement, covering the physical office space, dental processes and materials, and administrative and community outreach methods used by the office. For example, Dr. Walt’s office uses digital imaging and digital patient charting, which reduces landfill waste and patient radiation exposure by as much as 90%. Dr. Walt’s office implemented a wide range of initiatives listed in the GreenDOC program and achieved 308 points, allowing it to earn Gold Certification.
“We know that our environmental problems are serious and that each of us needs to do what we can to be part of the solution”, said Dr. Walt. “As an EDA Certified practice, we are able to continue to provide our patients with the highest quality of dental care while incorporating the highest standards of planetary care.”
Walt Orthodontics is unique in that it has incorporated environmentally friendly practices from its construction right into its day-to-day practices. Several of the office desks have been constructed from salvaged oak from a demolished local barn in addition to all the concrete and other natural materials found in the practice. Dr. Walt has also invested in an automation system, which minimizes the excessive use of light and energy. “With my office being located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, I was cognizant of my surroundings and incorporated sustainable elements into my office design,” Dr. Walt said. “The response from my patients has been tremendous and they really seem to appreciate the little things we have done to become more environmentally responsible.”
“We applaud the efforts of Dr. Walt and his team, who are on the leading edge of dentistry’s green future”, remarked Dr. Fred Pockrass, a California dentist who co-founded the Eco-Dentistry Association. “It is our vision that one day all dentistry will be practiced in the earth-friendly and patient-friendly way of Dr. Walt’s practice.”
More information can be found at www.ecodentistry.org