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Eco-Friendly Orthodontist Helps Save Nearly 300,000 Gallons of Water

Apr 03, 2012 11:36PM ● By Anonymous

 Dr. Mary C. Trahar of Annapolis, Maryland is the recipient of the Eco-Dentistry Association’s World Water Day Challenge, encouraging  patients to turn off the tap while brushing their teeth to save 90 glasses of clean, drinkable water every day. In addition to having the highest number of submissions for the challenge, Trahar signed up over 200 patients for the EDA's Save 90 a Day campaign, saving roughly 300 thousand gallons of clean, drinkable water each year, or enough to fill approximately 15 mid-sized swimming pools.

The Eco-Dentistry Association offered the World Water Day Contest as a challenge for every one of its 700 members to sign up as many patients as possible for the “Save 90 a Day!” campaign, which began in 2010 as a way to educate the public on the water savings achieved by turning off the tap while brushing.

In addition to creating the “Save 90 a Day!” campaign, the Eco-Dentistry Association promotes World Water Day as a way to raise awareness on water conservation and remind dental professionals of the powerful role they play in changing patient behavior through education. “By pledging to ‘Save 90 a Day!’ and encouraging other to do the same, we can create a major positive impact on conserving water, one of Earth’s most precious resources and one without which we could not practice modern dentistry,” says EDA co-founder Ina Pockrass.

Beyond helping patients reduce their water footprint, Trahar’s office has effectively educated patients on its own eco-friendly initiatives as well as steps that each individual patient can take to live a greener life.  The green office chose to implement environmentally friendly techniques, procedures and materials in order to reduce waste and pollution, conserve energy and water, and recycle when possible; while promoting individual health and wellness for its patients.

Dr. Trahar's practice is located at 716 Giddings Avenue, Suite #31, Annapolis, and smilesbythebay.com. She is Annapolis' premiere eco-friendly orthodontist.