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Dr. Farida Saher | Top 40 Under 40 2019

Age: 36

Job title: Pediatric Dentist and Owner, Dental Care for Children.

Why she’s a 2019 Top 40 Under 40:

At her two dental clinics Dr. Farida Saher treats the most vulnerable populations, including low-income children, refugees and patients with special needs, many of whom have extensive dental disease and extreme dental anxiety. She has also participated in 10 international dental missions.

Going to the dentist isn’t most kids’ idea of fun, but Dr. Farida Saher’s Southport office looks more like an indoor playground than a dentist’s office. A panoply of primary colours and bright, open spaces, the welcoming environment is designed to alleviate patient stress. Saher specializes in treating children who are very young, medically compromised, with extensive dental disease and extreme anxiety, as well people of any age with special needs like autism or Down’s syndrome. Over the past two years, her clinics have also seen an influx of refugees whose teeth are rampant with decay, infection and abscesses. Many of these patients can’t be safely treated in a traditional dental office and their treatment must be done under general anesthetic in a dental surgical suite. Saher’s Southport clinic is the only pediatric dental office in Alberta that has its own on-site surgical suite.

Saher has also participated in 10 international missions with the dental charity Kindness in Action, travelling to the remotest regions of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Haiti and Peru. She also led a team of 18 dentists and staff to Cambodia in 2017, treating more than 1,000 patients over two weeks.

“There is nothing more rewarding than relieving the pain of a person who has been suffering in agony for literally years. It’s a gift to both them and the person doing the treatment,” Saher says.

In Calgary, Saher oversees the daily operations of her two Dental Care for Children practices, which have 18 chairs between them, a surgical facility and a staff of 25. Of her 8,000 active patients, many are low-income, so she is also a financial advocate, appealing for assistance through government programs, trusts and grants so that money isn’t a barrier to care. “Everybody is welcome,” she says. “Whatever challenges you bring to this office, you’re welcome here, and we will do our best to treat you with the utmost compassion and care.”

Photograph by Jared Sych. Hair and makeup by Artists Within; Ivan Buendia, Celina Ellerby Wold (hair); Brianna Brown, Amber McLeod, Marcia Melanson, Raynie Morberg, Savanah Spooner (makeup); Shantel Capri and Citlali Loza (hair and makeup).

Here’s what you can expect at your child’s first Dental Appointment.

Here’s what you can expect at your child’s first Dental Appointment.

Sometimes not knowing what to expect at your child’s first dental appointment can be nerve-wracking. Here is a brief explanation of what you can expect to help ease those anxieties.

You will first be greeted by Lynne or one of our other awesome gals at the front desk. She will confirm your information with you and give your child a nametage to wear throughout their appointment.

When we are ready to see you and your child, one of our dental assistants will introduce themselves and escort you to the clinic area. She will then review your child’s health history and hygiene and nutrional habits. If necessary, dental xrays will be taken to assist the dentist in making a complete and thorough exam of your child’s teeth. You’re child will be introduced to the fun things in the office like the dental chair and light along with the gloves and masks that the clinical team wear that make us look funny sometimes. For younger children, they will lay down in your lap as the dentist examines their teeth and makes notes in their chart. Our main goal and objective is to educate you and your child about their dental health and optimize habits that will help them to keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime.

Here are some cute videos that will help your child practice for their first appointment! And here’s a video for the parents, that is a little more comprehensive with some more information.

Looking forward to meeting you and your child soon!

Dental Care for Children in the Community

Dental Care for Children spent the morning with a cohort of awesome nursing students from Mount Royal University at the MRU Child Care Centre.  They transformed into super heroes to educate the children about practicing good oral hygiene habits everyday. “Princess Sparkle tooth”, “Captain Enamel” and the rest of their team, taught the children that they too are super heroes and with proper brushing and flossing techniques, can chase away those pesky sugars bugs! The children also learned that tooth paste has a “super power” to strengthen their teeth, called fluoride and they each have a “side-kick” to help them keep their teeth for their life time – their dentist!! The children then practiced their skills with fun, informative and interactive activities that help reinforce what they had learned.

Dental Care for Children was so happy to support and sponsor this wonderful program and look forward to working with our new friends in the years to come.

Great job everyone, your information and enthusiasm was fantastic!

Find out what Dr. Farida Saher has to say on The Importance of Baby Teeth

 “The importance of baby teeth can’t be stressed enough”, says Dr. Farida Saher on Global News today.

She reminds us about the importance of using fluoride toothpaste, brushing twice daily, flossing and healthy food choices for our children. Please enjoy her educational segment here.

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