Fisher & Addison Dental is one of the first 100 dental practices in the world to achieve the EcoDentistry Association’s Gold Certification by successfully completing the EDA’s GreenDOC program and is the only dental office in Florida to achieve Gold Certification by the EcoDentistry Association.
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 ecofriendly 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, Fisher & Addison Dental uses digital imaging and digital patient charting, which reduces landfill waste and patient radiation exposure by as much as 90 percent, and has installed a special device capturing mercury-containing material before it enters local water supplies. The dental office implemented a wide range of initiatives listed in the GreenDOC program and achieved 309 points to earn the 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. John Addison. “As an EDA Certified practice, we are able to provide the highest quality of dental care using products that are much healthier for our patients, while incorporating the highest standards of planetary care.”
Fisher & Addison Dental has focused on using products that are better for patients’ overall health. The dental materials, including composites for fillings, dental sealants and resins, and cements for crowns and bridges are BPA free and BISGMA free, providing healthier options for patients.
Disposable products used in patient operations or surgeries are made of recyclable materials, and cotton products used in patient care are organic. The office uses a digital appointment-reminder system to reduce waste, and recycled content office products such as paper, pens and Post-It notes are purchased for use.
“We applaud the efforts of Dr. Addison and his team, who are on the leading edge of dentistry’s green future”, said Dr. Fred Pockrass, a California dentist who cofounded the EcoDentistry Association.
“It is our vision that one day all dentistry will be practiced in the earth-friendly and patient-friendly way of Dr. Addison’s practice.”
For more information, go to www.ecodentistry.org.