Clinic aims to re­turn grins back to faces

Strong de­mand for den­tal prac­tice in first six months

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

THE ONE part Chris Head en­joys most about his job is be­ing able to put a smile back on peo­ple’s faces.

He is the owner of the fam­ily-run Head Den­tal, which opened a clinic in Gat­ton in Fe­bru­ary to go along­side their long-stand­ing prac­tice in Toowoomba.

The busi­ness have found a strong de­mand for their work in the re­gion, ow­ing to a lack of sim­i­lar ser­vices be­tween Ipswich and Toowoomba and an age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

The Gat­ton clinic cur­rently op­er­ates three days a week and de­liv­ers so­lu­tions to any­thing re­lated to re­place­ment teeth, in­clud­ing full or par­tial den­tures, and also make cus­tom fit­ted mouth­guards.

Chris grew up in the in­dus­try with his fa­ther Tony be­gin­ning his trade in 1952.

He him­self got his start in 1980 and now his sons Alex and Lach­lan are heav­ily in­volved in the busi­ness.

“I’ve found that prob­a­bly more in the coun­try ar­eas like down here you see peo­ple that have had den­tures for 40 or 50 years,” Chris said.

“When you see some­one that’s in a pretty de­bil­i­tated state, and you’re able to make them look happy, you can just see the change in their self es­teem.

“(I en­joy) mak­ing peo­ple happy and im­prov­ing their qual­ity of life. That’s the

❝(I en­joy) mak­ing peo­ple happy and im­prov­ing their qual­ity of life.

— Chris Head

most re­ward­ing thing we do.”

He said in the past ten years he had seen a grow­ing trend of de­te­ri­o­rat­ing oral health due to an abun­dance of soft drinks and un­healthy foods in peo­ple’s di­ets.

“A lot more adults now are los­ing teeth which you would think in this day and age that wouldn’t be the case, you would think that oral health would be bet­ter,” he said.

While most peo­ple will head to the doc­tor when they have a cold or a cough, it isn’t al­ways the same for is­sues with their teeth.

“Peo­ple won’t go to the den­tist un­less they’re in pain and when it gets to that stage it’s prob­a­bly too late,” he said.

The Gat­ton op­er­a­tion wel­comed new faces from across the Lock­yer Valley and Som­er­set re­gions.

“There was never any­thing in the mid­dle (of Toowoomba and Ipswich) other than just go­ing to gen­eral den­tists, whereas what we of­fer we just spe­cialise in this sort of work,” he said.

“We felt there was a need there for it here.”

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