Teeth were a big part of Dr. Teju Bharati’s life when she was growing up. First, she got braces at age 10, a surprisingly pleasant experience that led to straight teeth and confidence. Then, she got cavities—lots of them. “So I had to go to my dentist and get everything fixed,” she says. “And I always thought to myself, ‘Is there a way I can make this better for somebody else?’”
Now, Dr. Bharati makes it her mission to set patients at ease. If someone seems nervous, she’ll tell them about her experiences as a kid to let them know she understands. “Making sure people are comfortable is really important to me,” she says. “Because having a good dentist can make all the difference. I want to be that dentist you look forward to coming to.”
In fact, in Dr. Bharati’s chair, you’re part of the family: “Your tooth structure is so important,” she says, “so I would only do a procedure if it were necessary. If it's not something I would do on my own family, I wouldn't do it on a patient—and I should clarify, I like my family.”
I've always considered dent[al] visits a necessary evil, nothing but pain and rude staffers who ignore you. Today was different! First, the place was spotless and bright, the front desk staff was very courteous...the Dr. was also calm and most importantly she explained things to me, showed me my x-ray, and answered all my questions, and I did not feel rush[ed]!
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