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Path to Sustainable Dentistry Needs Industry-Wide Change

May 25, 2022
by Cam Buchan, Western News


When Dr. Les Kalman learned of the dental industry’s global initiative to develop a statement on sustainability for the oral health-care profession, he felt the call to contribute.

“I think we can all agree that human activity has negatively affected the planet, resulting in climate change and environmental pollution,” said Kalman, professor of restorative dentistry at Shulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Kalman was part of the FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) industry-wide team of health-care professionals, academic experts, legislators and associations who created the Consensus Statement on Environmentally Sustainable Oral Healthcare. Completed in March 2022, the statement outlines the challenges and solutions to improving sustainability in dentistry without compromising patient welfare.

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