The family dentist is one of the most trusted professionals in Calgary.
They are a trusted name in the community, which makes them a prime candidate for hiring.
And, because they are a family, they are also a trusted profession.
“If you have kids, you have to keep the whole family in mind.
They have to have a good relationship with the family and with their parents, too,” said family dentist Hayward.
“The whole family is important.
If you can get the kids in front of that, they can get in front and get the family involved, and then the family is all that matters.”
Dentists work in a variety of settings.
They can be a specialist, an office assistant, a nurse, an assistant or even a family therapist.
They may have an in-house dental office, an outpatient clinic, or even just a clinic in another part of the community.
“We don’t work for a family; we work for the community,” said Hayward, who works with people from a variety, and from different walks of life.
“So, if you have a person that has a mental health issue, or you have someone that’s homeless, you work with them on that.
And then, if they have a dental problem, you do a follow-up visit and see how they are coping with it.”
Family dentists are part of a national dental network called the Alberta Dental Network.
It’s comprised of dentists who work in hospitals, nursing homes and other residential care settings.
“The dental community is very strong in Calgary,” said Calgary family dentist Kevin Dickson.
“We work in the hospitals, we work in nursing homes, we have our offices here.
We work in residential care, and we have offices in the suburbs, and that’s where we have a very strong presence.”
The dental network’s goal is to create a more holistic dental system for patients.
It is an opportunity for people to have an opportunity to choose the dentist they want and can trust.
“You can see it as an opportunity where you can go out and find the dentist that you like and trust them and make a dent on your tooth,” said Dickson, who has been working in the dental industry for more than 20 years.
“They’re people who are not only educated, they’re also caring, and they’re kind, they’ll do their work well and they’ll keep their patients informed.”
Dental care is a key part of Calgary’s healthcare system, and it’s the reason it has been ranked as one of Canada’s top five most affordable cities for dentists.
And as the dental network is expanding, there are more opportunities to work in Calgary and beyond.
“It’s an opportunity in the province of Alberta to grow in the future, to do that in the most holistic way possible and be part of that dental community that Calgary is,” said John Stauffer, executive director of the Alberta Association of Dentists.
“There’s more opportunities for us in other provinces, and there’s more opportunity for us to grow.”