DR. JOSEPH LANDRY MAINTAINS THAT THE DENTAL PRACTICES OF TOMORROW WILL BE EVEN GREENER THAN TODAY’S. HE’S SIMPLY GETTING AHEAD OF THE CURVE.
AS A CHILD, Dr. Joseph G. Landry II was interested in only two potential careers: dentistry and paleontology. By fifth grade, he had settled on the former — but the Eagle Scout turned avid outdoorsman has honored his lifelong devotion to the environment through his commitment to green standards, particularly when he recently expanded Landry Family Dentistry, the practice he owns in Seville, Ohio, just west of Akron.
The steps he took were legion: reducing his practice’s “water footprint” by transitioning from wet vacuum and wet model trimmer to dry equivalents; making full use of digital radiographs, thereby eliminating the need for film, developer and fixer; and
much more. Such moves are good for patients and staff, too: “The dental benefits are equally exciting,” says Dr. Landry, 36. “Patients appreciate it because it eliminats gagging and pinching discomfort during X-rays. Our team likes it because it provides greater diagnostic
image quality and increased efficiency.”
Energy-rated windows and “rain glass” walls let light flood in; all electric illumination in the practice is high-efficiency LED with natural outdoor-light wavelengths. All appliances are Energy Star products; Dr. Landry also uses biodegradable cups.
He expects the dental practice of the future — his and others’ — to be even greener, through advances in digital technology, paperless charts, oral scanners, CAD/CAM and any other area you can think of. “There will always be opportunities to expand our knowledge,” Dr. Landry says. “Through advanced technology, we offer exceptional modern dental care that’s beneficial for our patients and protects our natural environment.”
As for the career path not taken, Dr. Landry indulges his childhood fascination with paleontology through his collection of fossilized teeth. He has even received some as gifts of gratitude from satisfied patients, which brings a smile to his face. “What a creative way to say ‘thanks a million,’ ” he exults. “With a million-year-old tooth!”
“ We offer exceptional modern dental care that’s beneficial for our patients and protects our natural environment.”