April is National Oral Health Month. In order to encourage good oral health, the Herald will be profiling dental clinics for April’s Business Features. This week we take a look at Dentistry at Merritt, which was voted ‘Best Dentist’ in the Merritt Herald’s 2020 People’s Choice Awards.

Dentistry at Merritt, a bright, welcoming and modern clinic located at 2731 Forksdale Ave, has been serving the dental needs of Merrittonians since first opening their doors in May 2013. 

At the time, the clinic was operated by Dr. Jaspal Sarao and Dr. Sunil Malhotra, with Dr. Dutt joining the practice as a full-time associate in 2016, and today continuing as owner of Dentistry at Merritt.

The professionals at Dentistry at Merritt provide a variety of services, covering all of your dental needs.

“We provide all types of general dentistry services such as fillings, teeth and deep gum cleanings, crowns, bridges, veneers, teeth whitening, root canal treatments, dentures and implants,” explained Dr. Dutt.  

“We also provide specialty type services such as sedation including IV sedation, nitrous oxide, and oral sedation, as well as wisdom teeth extractions. We also have the benefit of a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics who offers braces and Invisalign treatment aligners.”

Dr. Jonathan Suzuki is the orthodontic specialist, and he brings more than 21 years of experience to his role at the practice. 

“Dr. Sarao provides many specialty services such as sedation for high anxiety patients, implant services, pediatric dentistry with sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas), as well as wisdom teeth extractions,” said Dr. Dutt. 

“In addition, we support personal care home patients by going to the facilities to help treat those that are otherwise unable to come to the office.”  

As a dental professional, Dr. Dutt stresses the importance of oral health as a component of overall health. 

“The importance of oral health can be summed up in very simple ways that if one does not have healthy natural teeth, a person cannot chew food effectively and their general health thus can be affected as food becomes difficult to digest,” explained Dr. Dutt. 

“In addition, many independent studies are linking gum diseases to heart problems. Here are some facts as per World Health organization: untreated dental caries (tooth decay) in permanent teeth is the most common health condition according to the Global Burden of Disease 2017,” Dr. Dutt continued.

“More than 530 million children suffer from dental caries of primary teeth or milk teeth. Severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may result in tooth loss, is also very common, with almost 10% of the global population affected. Oral cancer, cancer of the lip or mouth, is one of the three most common cancers in some countries of Asia and the Pacific.” 

Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the best way to detect or prevent tooth problems before they arise. Eating a well-balanced diet is also important, as good nutrition helps to build strong teeth and gums. Foods containing sugar, sodium, carbohydrates and saturated fats are not healthy for your mouth. Alcohol consumption should be limited. If you have a tendency to snack throughout the day, tooth-healthy choices are cheeses, nuts, vegetables and non-acidic fruits. 

Dentistry at Merritt is also a proud sponsor of the Merritt Centennials. 

“As a sponsor of the Merritt Centennials, we deal with many sports-related tooth injuries as well, and highly encourage people who are involved in contact type sports to get a properly fitted sports guard to help protect their teeth,” said Dr. Dutt. 

Dentistry at Merritt gladly welcomes new patients, and strives to make their clients feel that they are getting the best possible care. 

“We have a terrific hardworking, dedicated staff, who all believe in providing the best care they can to those who walk through our doors,” said Dr. Dutt.  

“If it was not for them and the great citizens of this city, we would not be where we are today and seeing the growth we are experiencing. Dentistry is an ever changing profession with new ideas, new technology and new ways of treatment and we will always strive to change with that and be up on the latest in order to give you the best we can provide. But, the core values will never change, providing the best and safest treatment we can to achieve the best oral health you can have.”