Md. orthodontist wins EDA contest

Mary Trahar, DDS, of Annapolis, MD, has won the Eco-Dentistry Association (EDA) 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, Dr. Trahar has signed up a cumulative 200 patients for the EDA's Save 90 a Day! campaign to date. This represents saving an aggregate of roughly 300,000 gallons of clean, drinkable water each year or enough to fill approximately 15 midsized swimming pools.

The EDA 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 campaign, which began in 2010 as a way to educate the public on the water savings achieved by turning off the tap while brushing.

Beyond helping patients reduce their water footprint, Dr. 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 has chosen 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.

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