A new root for dental care in the Valley

Root 93 offers dental hygiene and referral services

Root 93 Dental Hygiene Clinic Inc. is ready and excited to take on new clients.

Owner Heather Lang, a registered dental hygienist, saw a need for a clinic like this in the Columbia Valley and decided to take the leap into small business ownership after 28 years in the industry.

“Our community, our demographics – what we have as existing services – are very bogged down, very busy,” says Ms. Lang. “Why not just plate something up a little differently?”

Ms. Lang offers the full range of dental hygiene services: patient education, oral health, wellness, scaling, and even tooth whitening.

“What we’re used to is we go to the dental office and have everything done. This separates the dental hygiene – it creates a bit of a different environment.”

Indeed, the environment is stunning. Inspiring art lines the walls in the high-ceilinged entrance and throughout the building. Fresh paint, modern furniture and bright, airy windows add to the very-not-‘clinical’ feel of the space, which is also fully wheelchair-accessible. She says the landlords, Rick Luyendyk and Gary Ruault, were instrumental in customizing the office for her needs, both now and moving forward in what she plans to be a bustling dental hub some day.

Ms. Lang places a strong emphasis on overall health and wellness, and directs clients to other health care professionals in the Valley as needed. Ms. Lang says there has been great collaboration between her new business and both dental offices in Invermere, as well as specialists further afield.

One of the standout features of Root 93 is the ability to book appointments online, and has been utilized for about 80 per cent of her bookings so far.

“People’s lives are changing; why not make the way they access their health a little more streamlined as well,” she reflects.

She also offers the latest in dental technology, such as an inter-oral camera, the size of a wand, that will transfer images so patients can see the tooth concerns instead of just hearing about them – a “game changer in patient education,” she describes.

Root 93 opened in late October, jumping right into the busy ‘snowbird’ season of prepping travellers before they head south for the winter.

Ms. Lang figures her fascination with the dental field goes back to her childhood, where she would poke around her dental files while waiting for the orthodontist. She took the path to becoming a registered dental hygienist in Ontario before moving to Jasper, then Whitehorse, and on to Invermere in 2004 where she worked at Dr. Pat O’Sullivan’s office until opening up Root 93 in late 2018. While at Dr. O’Sullivan’s office, Ms. Lang helped grow the preventative dental care model that is vitally important, she says.

“It’s connected to your overall health. You can’t just separate what’s happening in your mouth from the rest of your body, it’s all integrated,” Ms. Lang explains. “Body wide health comes from good oral health.”

To learn more, Root 93 is hosting an open house on Saturday, February 2nd, from 2-5 p.m. There will be refreshments and snacks on hand, and a chance to explore the clinic and ask any questions. Root 93 is located at 492 Hwy 93/95, inside the same building as Rockies West Realty (around the side with its own door; see the sandwich board sign outside) behind Tim Hortons.

For more information about Root 93, visit www.root93.ca or call 778-526-5177.

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