There's a new place to get your teeth cleaned in Sherwood Park, but it's not a dentist office.
Candice Boyce, a Registered Dental Hygientist (RDH), opened her clinic last summer at Baseline Village Dental Hygiene, making her one of a very few hygienists to do so.
She is also spreading awareness that people have the option of going to hygienists rather than a dentist.
“Most people don’t know (that you can do this), and it has been this way since 2006,” she explained.
Boyce does it all, offering teeth cleaning, polishing, preventative services, x-rays, exams, sports guards and more.
Although business is going well, there was one hurdle she faced when starting the clinic.
“It’s different. Things are changing and some people don’t agree with the change and some people do. It’s been the same way in dentistry for years and a lot of people think it should stay the same, so that would be probably the only negative I’m seeing,” said Boyce.
Currently Boyce is the only RDH to open her own clinic in Sherwood Park. A handful of hygentists have opened clinics in the Edmonton area.
The start up cost was between $350,000 to $400,000. She deemed the expense of opening a clinic as a reason most RDH do not attempt it, along with the risk of no one coming.
Boyce started as a registered dental assistant in 2002 and became a registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in 2010 and has worked in Sherwood Park since then.
Most of her fees are 30 per cent to 70 per cent less than a dental office.