Love of den­tistry be­hind fam­ily clinic

Christchurch Mail - - HEALTH AND WELLBEING -

It is a life­time en­deav­our to look af­ter your teeth, so find­ing a den­tist who can pro­vide con­ti­nu­ity of care across all ages is an im­por­tant first step to build­ing a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of one’s oral health.

Dana Den­tal, in Pa­panui, is one of the few Christchurch clin­ics to see pa­tients of all ages, from the youngest of tod­dlers to the most se­nior of cit­i­zens.

Run by the friendly and ex­pe­ri­enced Dana Pa­pu­soi, the clinic of­fers a rare mix of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and light­heart­ed­ness that takes the stress out of vis­its.

New clients with a Gold Card can also re­ceive a 10 per cent dis­count, mak­ing Dana Den­tal the ideal place to reg­is­ter the whole fam­ily.

Ser­vices cover ev­ery­thing from root canals, ex­trac­tions and per­ma­nent bridges to teeth­whiten­ing, ve­neers and the re­place­ment of amal­gam fill­ings with dis­creet, white com­pos­ite fill­ings.

The clinic is also one of the few places to get flex­i­ble par­tial den­tures made.

De­signed to mould to the mouth for greater com­fort and coloured so as to be al­most in­vis­i­ble, flex­i­ble par­tial den­tures cover less of the mouth than tra­di­tional, rigid op­tions and there­fore al­low for bet­ter tast­ing when eat­ing.

‘‘Not many peo­ple do flex­i­ble par­tial den­tures in New Zealand but I’ve been do­ing them for years,’’ says Dana, who comes from a fam­ily of med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and has been prac­tis­ing den­tistry for more than 20 years.

‘‘I love this job,’’ she adds. ‘‘It does not feel like I’m com­ing to work – it feels like I am go­ing to do the thing I like most in my life.’’

It is this sense of call­ing that con­trib­utes to the easy rap­port Dana has with pa­tients.

The same drive spurred her to ex­per­i­ment first-hand to dis­cover the best teeth-whitener on the mar­ket.

Af­ter test­ing the prod­ucts on her­self, she found Zoom, made by Philips, to be the clear leader.

Spe­cial trays are now made at Dana Den­tal to ap­ply the prod­uct, which uses a patented cal­cium phos­phate tech­nol­ogy to strengthen teeth at the same time as bright­en­ing smiles. Re­mark­able re­sults can be achieved in just seven days, Dana says.

‘‘The trays we make for peo­ple last a long time, so if an ex­tra treat­ment is needed a year or two later, peo­ple only have to buy the whiten­ing gel,’’ she says.

Feed­back from pa­tients fre­quently high­lights the good feel­ing that ac­com­pa­nies a visit to the clinic.

A tes­ti­mo­nial by Rebecca Mur­ray on the Dana Den­tal web­site is typ­i­cal: ‘‘Dana made me feel very com­fort­able and as­sured me that I was in good hands, and most im­por­tantly didn’t make me feel em­bar­rassed about the state of my teeth,’’ it reads.

‘‘Dana is great to talk to and she gen­uinely loves her job and takes a lot of pride in mak­ing ev­ery­one have the best smile they pos­si­bly can.’’

To find out more, con­tact Dana Den­tal on 03 354 6969 or visit danaden­ The clinic is lo­cated on the cor­ner of Main North Rd and Cran­ford St in Pa­panui.

Den­tist Dana Pa­pu­soi, owner of the Dana Den­tal Clinic in Pa­panui, is widely known for her easy rap­port with pa­tients aged one to 100.

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