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Ecodentistry Green Doc Bronze Achieved

Maria Vasilakis, DMD is one of the first 100 dental practices in the world to achieve the Eco-Dentistry Association’s Bronze 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, our office uses digital imaging and digital patient charting, which reduces landfill waste and patient radiation exposure by as much as 90%, and have installed a special device capturing mercury-containing material before it enters local water supplies. Over the last two years we have implemented a wide range of initiatives listed in the GreenDOC program and achieved 179 points, allowing us to earn Bronze 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. 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.
We have dedicated to green retrofitting the practice since Dr. Maria began seeing patients in 2010. We began with small initiatives like a recycling program and digital patient communication platform to reduce waste and have moved on to larger building projects. Energy and water audits have helped identify areas for reducing waste. We know how much our patients care about sustainability and through our efforts we hope to show how serious we are about environmental consciousness.
For more information about the GreenDOC™ program please visit www.ecodentistry.org and for more information about the changes in our office please email info@drmariadental.com.

October 8, 2014   No Comments

Welcome Dr Kremer and Dani!

We are happy to report that Dr Kristin Kremer has joined our team!  This allows us to expand our Monday hours from 9am-7pm, and allows Dr Vasilakis to spend more time with Alex (who is growing up way too fast).  Dr Kremer will be working Mondays and Fridays.

On our administrative team, we have also added another invaluable member.  Dani Lapointe has left Apple to join our team.  We know our patients will love her as much as we already do!

You can learn more about them on the meet our team section of our website.

 

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September 17, 2014   No Comments

Botox and Dermal Filler Certified

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We are excited to announce that Dr Maria has completed the training and certification to administer Botox and Dermal fillers for Therapeutic and Cosmetic purposes!

What can we treat dentally with Botox and fillers?  Gummy smiles, “black triangles” in the gums, TMJ and Chronic muscle pain, just to name a few.

Please ask our team about how Botox can help you look and feel better!

November 8, 2013   No Comments

Welcome new team members!

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Thank you to the referrals from our dear patients, our office is growing!  To better serve our patients, we have added members to our team.

Welcome to Samantha, and Lindsey, and Adera!

If you will be visiting our office soon, you will get to meet the newest team members.

 

May 1, 2013   No Comments

Nicaragua Medical Delegation

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Dr Maria, Jaymi-Lyn, and Joann have returned home safe and sound from their dental mission to Esteli, Nicaragua.  It was a rewarding trip for all involved. The trip was coordinated by Superemos and Dorchester house here in MA.  For more photos, please click on the website link for mission trips.

February 20, 2013   2 Comments

Dental Xrays in the news… here are the facts

If you have tuned in to many sources of media this week, you may have heard news on recent studies linking dental Xrays to benign brain tumors.

The research was confusing and poorly executed, “They found a small risk (from) a pair of bitewings, but not a full mouth series, which is multiple bitewings. That inconsistency is impossible to understand to me,” said Dr. Alan Lurie, president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

The statement added, “The ADA’s long-standing position is that dentists should order dental X-rays for patients only when necessary for diagnosis and treatment. Since 1989, the ADA has published recommendations to help dentists ensure that radiation exposure is as low as reasonably achievable.”

Patients should be concerned whenever they are exposed to radiation, but it’s important to emphasize that this concern should not mean that we shouldn’t get X-rays at all.

The take home message is that “while dental X-rays are an important tool in well selected patients, efforts to moderate exposure to (ionizing radiation) to the head is likely to be of benefit to patients and health care providers alike.”  The risk of missing easily diagnosable dental diseases when treatable in early stages outweighs the small exposure to radiation, especially with digital (minimal dosages) radiography as we provide at Dr Vasilakis’ office.

Below is a chart that illustrates exactly how little radiation is emitted from dental Xrays relative to activities in every day life.

April 12, 2012   1 Comment

March 22- World Water Day

March 22 is World Water Day and is the perfect opportunity to do your part to save precious H2O every day by making one simple change in your daily routine: Turn off the tap when you brush.

As a member of EcoDentistry association, you can pledge to do your part to save water at the link below! 

http://www.ecodentistry.org/?save90adaypublic

Thank you for doing your part!

March 8, 2012   1 Comment

2012 Brings a new team member

Happy New Year 2012!  And a big welcome to our patient turned office administrator Tara!  She is a very welcome addition to our team, to help with patient care coordination as we grow.   Thank you for your referrals as we have had a year of many new patients in 2011.

January 6, 2012   No Comments

BPA Free Fillings!

 

Much uproar has surfaced about BPA or Bisphenol A, contained in plastics and in dental materials.

Baby bottles and other plastic bottles are notorious for containing the synthetic harmful substance that has been known to cause problems in the body (ie-certain reproductive cancers).  More specifically, BPA looks a lot like the hormone estrogen and can confuse the organs that produce or respond to the hormone.

In a time where we have recognized and moved beyond silver fillings due to their mercury content, white fillings are not without risk.  BPA is commonly used in most white (or composite) fillings.

In studies done approximately 10 years ago showed that BPA can be found in the saliva after 10 minutes of placing the filling.

Our team is very aware of this issue.   We have done our best to select dental composite fillings and dental sealants that don’t include bisphenol-A nor contain compounds that make bisphenol-A in the past, but  starting this week, we have switched our white filling material products to exclusively BPA free products.

We are proud to be of the first group of dentists on the east coast to make this change.  Please ask Dr Maria or our team for details.

June 21, 2011   49 Comments

News from the Eco Dentistry Asssociation

In yesterday’s email update from EDA, I found this interesting info.  Thought I’d pass it along to our patients!

We are proud members of the EDA! To read more, go to the  Eco Dentistry Association’s website

http://www.ecodentistry.org/

What are the benefits of digital x-rays? How often should my doctor take images?

Digital images are an important part of early detection. Diagnosing tooth decay, periodontal disease, or structural issues early means treatment can be less invasive and less costly. Frequency of digital imaging can vary, but “bitewing” images every six months and “full mouth x-rays” at a first exam and then every 5 years is a good standard of care.

Traditional x-rays result in significant waste and pollution.

They also expose the patient to higher levels of radiation. We are exposed to natural levels of radiation every day, but in the US, the average American’s annual dose of radiation has grown six-fold, as we use it to try to detect disease at its earliest stages. High doses of radiation can be toxic and are linked to cancer. With good reason, many patients are questioning the over-usage of medical x-rays, including dental x-rays.

Digital dental radiographs (x-rays) expose patients to 70-90% less radiation exposure than traditional dental x-rays.

You would have to take 20,000 digital dental x-rays to equal the radiation in one conventional mammogram, and you would have to take 100,000 digital dental x-rays to reach what is considered a maximum safe yearly dose of radiation. Flying round-trip coast-to-coast exposes you to 80x the radiation of a set of bitewing digital images.

In some cases, your dental professional will recommend a CBCT scan, which produces a three-dimensional image of the skull. These should be taken infrequently and only when diagnostically necessary. In many cases, a panoramic digital image is sufficient. CBCT scans may be used by an oral and maxillofacial surgery practice when other forms of imaging have been screened and a more complex level of diagnostics is involved.

In the case of implants, wisdom teeth removal, trauma, orthognathic surgery, a CBCT scan is often recommended and appropriate, and may improve the treatment outcome. Some CBCT scanning equipment will allow the dental professional to choose settings that lower radiation levels, and employ a pulse technology that produces less radiation than a continuous beam. The professional is also able to limit the area of radiation exposure to the specific area of interest.

When having any dental images taken, your provider should use a drape that blocks any radiation from your torso and neck. Many of these drapes contain lead, but new, equally effective models lead-free.

April 1, 2011   No Comments