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Riverbank Smiles Dental Welcomes New Clients
The staff at Riverbank Smiles Dental Office includes dental assistant Marcia Garcia, left, DDS Gurjot Sidhu, and Raquel Hernandez, ready to welcome new patients at the office on Patterson Road. News Photos By Virginia Still

A new dental office called Riverbank Smiles Dental on Patterson Road opened the first week of December and is offering to keep Riverbank smiling at an affordable dental membership plan for the whole family.

DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) Gurjot Sidhu has opened her very first dental practice in Riverbank with passion and excitement to help people with or without insurance. For those that do not have insurance Riverbank Smiles offers a dental membership plan with an affordable annual cost that will include services like an annual exam, x-rays, and oral cancer screenings to name a few. Through this membership plan the items that are not fully covered will be discounted by 30 percent for services like fillings, oral surgery, root canals and crowns.

“I felt that there was a need of dentists in Riverbank and I wanted to make dentistry affordable and convenient for the people of Riverbank so I chose this location,” stated Sidhu. “It (private practice) makes me feel happy. It is exciting. Everything that has been put into this office, all the efforts are by my husband and myself.”

Growing up in India, Sidhu always felt the need to help people. In the area of India where she grew up they did not have any dentists and with her father having several dental problems, the idea to pursue dentistry was a natural fit for her.

She spent five years at a dental school in India and another few years at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, graduating in June 2013. Since then Sidhu has been practicing dentistry and now has opened her first dental practice in Riverbank.

The eco-friendly office has been designed with sugarcane bagasse panels which are recyclable and renewable and all their equipment was made in the United States. According to Sidhu, they have the latest technology and have created an environment that is enjoyable and comfortable from their waiting room with multiple televisions and beverages to partake in to the room where the dental work will be performed.

The small staff of three includes Sidhu and receptionist Raquel Hernandez and dental assistant Marcia Garcia.

New patients are welcomed at the new dental office and encouraged to stop by and see what they have to offer.

“We are more than happy to accommodate anyone who wants to come in and take a look at the office,” added Sidhu. “We give a tour to every new patient of ours so they can see what they are in for. I welcome them to do that.”

Sidhu said maintaining strong oral health is beneficial in many other ways as well.

“A lot of systemic diseases like diabetes, heart diseases and preterm low birth weight babies are related to periodontitis (gum disease) I want to keep your mouth healthy and help you maintain your overall health,” she said.