Dental Hygiene Wellness Clinic is located in Denver, Colorado. It is owned and operated by dental hygienist Jankee H. Bhatt. She bought all her own dental equipment and has a web page with all the services offered listed there. The services include x-rays, exam, sealants, oral cancer screenings, periodontal measurements, teeth whitening fluoride treatments, and of course cleanings.
Bhatt graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2005 with a bachelors degree in dental hygiene and a minor in biology and chemistry. She was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. She moved to Colorado to start this practice with the intent of making preventative dental care affordable for patients without dental insurance.
Many hygienists around the country would like to be able to set up their own practices. She was asked if dental hygienists should be able to open their own practices all over the United States. “Yes! I think it would be great for our profession” Bhatt replied.
Bhatt was asked what happens if someone needs dental work. “I have a referring dentist Dr Redford that reads my x-rays and does treatment” she said. She added that she works with specialists and general dentists in the community that best meet the needs of the patient. Bhatt said everything is digital and they use the Nomad for x-rays.
At Christmas many dental offices receive chocolate and food baskets from specialty offices that they have referred to in the past. Bhatt was asked if her office received any of these yet. “We are too new, not yet” she answered.
She said there weren’t many other dental hygiene practices around the Dental Hygiene Wellness Clinic and she has been getting referrals from dentists and periodontists. Mostly they have been sending Medicaid patients her way. Bhatt said they bill insurance for patients as well. The office is contracted with Medicaid, Metlife, Cigna and Delta of Colorado.
The laws in Colorado were changed to allow dental hygienists to work on their own and start their own practices. Bhatt said she had nothing to do with that change in the law at the time and that it happened a while ago. It seems that the states where marijuana has become more legal are the same states where hygienists have been given more rights to practice on their own. The law was changed to allow unsupervised hygienists to work on their own in 1987. In Colorado dental hygienists can provide dental hygiene diagnosis, radiography, remove deposits, accretions, and stains, curettage without anesthesia, apply fluorides and other recognized preventive agents, topical anesthetic, oral inspection and charting. The only thing they cannot do without a dentist around is local anesthesia (injections) and that still requires general supervision.
Many dentists say that hygiene alone cannot be profitable. Bhatt was asked, how are you going to make a profit when many dentists see dental hygiene as a loss? “Keeping over-head low is key. Helping my patients receive quality care, restoring their trust and confidence in dentistry is what keeps me motivated. I love being able to take the time to educate my patients and build their trust. Helping patients take ownership in their health is very important to me. I help them by keeping their preventative care cost down so that if they do need additional dental work they are able to afford treatment” she said.
After each cleaning Dental Hygiene Wellness Clinic gives out a toothbrush, floss and toothpaste and a tongue scraper. They also get a report card of everything that we did and talked about for future reference.
Patients have given Bhatt and her office very high ratings on different sites on the internet. She was asked if they were friends and family supporting her new business. She replied they were actual patients some of which were her friends but mostly are new patients that had a great experience and where nice to share and support her cause.
She was asked what restaurant she likes to eat at around her office. Bhatt answered that she brings her own lunch to work. She dresses professionally and wears a black coat.
“I’ve worked for someone else for 16 years. I loved it and learned a lot” Bhatt said she was able to take that experience and use it her own clinic. “Over the years I have been blessed with a strong dental community that has supported my dreams and visions” she added.
She said she has traveled all over the world.and has gone to India, Mexico, China, Hong Kong and all over Europe.
Many hygienists wish Jankee Bhatt success with her new practice and hope she does well. Bhatt also said “please help support my vision of opening minds, mouths, and hearts through education and a healing touch.”
She provided photos of herself for the slide show attached to this story.
Dental Hygiene Wellness Clinic
2727 Bryant St Suite 101
Denver CO 80211