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Dr. Robert Schaffer Is San Diego's First Certified Green Dentist

Dentist Engages in Environmentally Friendly Dental Practices

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Robert Schaffer, DDS, is San Diego's first certified green dentist. As a green dentist, Dr. Schaffer ensures his office takes every step possible to reduce waste and save energy. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 50 percent of mercury entering wastewater treatment facilities comes from dental offices. By engaging in green dental practices, Dr. Schaffer does not utilize these types of fillings.

"My mission as a dentist is to contribute to the community, not only in preserving my patients' dental health, but also to protect the beautiful San Diego environment," Dr. Schaffer explains. "I'm proud that we're the first certified green dental practice in the area."

Each year, dental practices across America generate a significant amount of waste, including 28 million liters of toxic X-ray fixer, 3.7 tons of mercury waste and 680 million chair barriers, light handle covers and patient bibs, according to the Eco-Dentistry Association.

As a green dentist, Dr. Schaffer has looked for every opportunity to reduce waste in his dental practice. One example is his utilization of digital X-rays. Not only do digital X-rays reduce patient radiation exposure by as much as 80 percent, they also cut back on waste from X-ray films. Dr. Schaffer also utilizes composite or tooth-colored fillings to repair cavities, which reduces the amount of metal, especially mercury, utilized in fillings.

The Schaffer Dental Excellence office itself is another example of a "green" office. From energy-efficient lighting to water-saving appliances, many aspects of Dr. Schaffer's office are earth-friendly.

Dr. Schaffer says taking the steps to become certified is an example of his commitment to the environment, protecting his patients from unnecessary radiation and in creating a healthier environment for his family.

"As a father and dentist, I want to leave a mark, but not a carbon footprint," he explains. "My practice will continue to explore the latest technologies as well as seek opportunities to reduce waste and enhance our "green" practices."

For more information on Dr. Schaffer's dental practice or to make an appointment, please call Schaffer Dental Excellence at (858) 481-1148. To learn more about services Dr. Schaffer offers, please visit his San Diego, CA dental practice at www.SchafferDental.com.

About Dr. Robert Schaffer: Dr. Schaffer earned his undergraduate degree at East Carolina University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Naval Officer, receiving a Health Professional Scholarship from the United States Navy to attend the New York University College of Dentistry. Upon graduation, he was promoted as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy where he completed a one-year residency at Camp Lejeune. As a Senior Dental Officer, Dr. Schaffer deployed with the Marines to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. After six years as a partner in a successful Wilmington, NC, dental practice, Dr. Schaffer and his family returned to San Diego to start Schaffer Dental Excellence.

Media Contact: Dr. Robert Schaffer, Robert Schaffer, DDS, (858) 481-1148, [email protected]

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