Davinder Raju of the Dove Holistic Dental Centre in Sussex is sponsoring patient Grace Pybus as she rows across the Atlantic next month. Grace is one of a team of three embarking on the epic 3000+ mile journey. 

Davinder said that as soon as Grace told him about the challenge, he wanted to find a way to support her. She needed mouthguards to protect her teeth during the journey, and the deal was sealed.

As the founder of Greener Dental Global, the sustainability programme for dental practices, he is very impressed by the rowing team’s eco credentials. “Vibe the Wave, as the team is named, is using a second-hand boat with a solar panel to generate energy, and they will collect waste plastic wherever they can to highlight the way rubbish is collecting in the ocean. They are taking every opportunity to demonstrate the importance of taking care of the planet.” 

Grace commented: “I became a patient of the practice because I like Davinder’s philosophy, both clinical and environmental. It’s great to know that he and his team are supporting me.”

The Dove Holistic Dental Centre in Bognor Regis was established in 2017 on sustainable principles. Davinder decided he wanted to use the knowledge and experience he acquired to create a web-based app to help other dental practices that want to reduce their environmental impact.  In 2020, the Greener Dentistry Global accreditation programme was born. 

Vibe the Wave is due to leave the Canary Island of La Gomera on December 12 as part of the annual Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, and the team expects to arrive in Antigua around a month later, depending on the tides and the weather. 

Our sponsorship of the 'Vibe the Wave' team was featured in several online publications and the British Dental Journal, underscoring the importance of environmental consciousness within the dental profession."