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The Value of Time


Summer may have come late, but what a fine summer it was. The weather may say summer but the calendar tells us that September follows August and there isn’t much we can do about it. We can still go for long walks along the beach and there’s plenty of time to spend evenings out of doors at social gatherings with family and friends.


Still, despite the feeling of summer not quite gone, there is a nagging feeling that we really should be getting ‘back to work’ or ‘back to school;’ back to our regularly scheduled lives.

It’s time to sit down, take stock and start to make the 'To Do' lists that will take us through the rest of the year. These lists can show you just how quickly time flies and how valuable our time really is.

One of the things that should be on your 'to do' list is to have your teeth checked and cleaned. You may say you don’t have time; however, it’s something you need to find the time for. Without regular check-ups, decay can go unnoticed and lead to bigger issues which can end up costing you more in time and money, not to mention discomfort.

Do you know when you had your last check up? Call your dentist and check in and let them know you are ready to schedule yourself and your family in for their yearly check-up. While you’re at it – don’t forget the teeth cleaning too!

Those of you who are parents know the more time we spend organizing ours and our children’s schedules, the more time you’ll find you have in the long run. Kids simply can’t miss their learning time at school and as adults; we can’t skip work without a financial penalty or two.

We have been treating children and their families for so long, the children are now adults and bringing their children in for check-ups. We understand the importance of time, how quickly it can pass, and we’re conscience of people’s busy schedules.

We strive hard to ensure our scheduling accommodates your schedule, not the other way around. We try not to be late with your appointment, and to use the time wisely and effectively to get your needs accomplished. We’ve also been known to accommodate patients with some extended hours in order to help them get in to see us.

So if time is what is holding you back from getting your dental check-up; wait no more. Give us a call and we’ll see what we can do to help you keep that healthy smile for school pictures, and years to come.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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About the Author

Dr. Jack DeGruchy, a graduate of the University of Alberta has been practicing dentistry for the past 4 decades. His love of education has taken him all over the world to study and saw him completing a fellowship in the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry as well as becoming a Fellow in the International Academy of Dentistry. He has travelled to Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Japan and Africa to share dental knowledge and has learned new and innovative dental techniques during these exchanges.

He established a multidisciplinary dental centre in Kelowna and was involved in the cutting edge of many of the present day dental technologies. Jack has been involved with implant dentistry since 1985, and has trained with Straumann, Nobel Pharma and Simpler systems. He sees implant dentistry as a wonderful development in the evolution of quality dentistry and is excited about the ways in which it enhances patient care. Of particular interest to Jack is what goes on during sleep that affects the teeth, the joints and surrounding muscles. Learning is definitely a way of life for Jack.

Jack’s interest in sports dentistry resulted in his being named as dentist to the BC Lions and both the Buckaroo and Kelowna Rocket hockey teams. He has been involved in many minor sports organizations from swimming and downhill ski racing to football and hockey.

Community development is important to Jack, and he has been involved in helping bring to fruition Prospera Place, The Rotary Centre of the Arts and the Kelowna Art Gallery, of which he is a past director.He has established the Westside Dental Centre and looks forward to helping the Westside community develop.

He is a major supporter of the Canadian artist, Robert Bateman and the “Get to Know” program which is an international non-profit organization based in Kelowna that seeks to provide opportunities for youth to connect with nature through outdoor educational experiences.
Jack and his wife, Gaylene, enjoy their three children and their spouses, and they have been blessed with eight wonderful grandchildren!

You can reach Dr. DeGruchy at Westside Dental Centre at 250-707-0248 or emailing [email protected] or on the web at jdsmiles.com

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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