Donside residents are smiling as a new dentist opened in Alford this week.
Local councillor Alastair Ross “cut the ribbon” on Monday as Young Smiles Dental Care unlocked its doors for the first time.
The practice has been set up by husband and wife, Justin and Jill Young.
Jill was born and raised in Alford and she believes the new facility will provide a boost to the area.
She said: “We have had over 2000 patients pre-register and the past few days have been really busy with even more new patient registrations.
“The outside has been greatly improved visually, and there are now no empty units within our development on the Main Street.
“We have spent a lot of time and money making the inside and outside as nice as we can and we have bought the best of equipment, all with the aim of making the patient experience a good one.
“We think the practice will bring more footfall to the village which will hopefully be good news for other local businesses. We are also keen to develop strong links with the school and we already have two work experience placements arranged with pupils for May and June this year.”
Jill is taking on the role of manager while Justin, who is originally from Ayr, will head up a team of four experienced dentists. He studied at Dundee University where he obtained his BDS and is currently working towards a Masters in Primary Dental Care at Edinburgh University.
The couple want to create a practice which “fits in with a person’s lifestyle” - by offering late night or Saturday appointments. Patients will also have the opportunity to select NHS or private treatments.
Alastair Ross, councillor for Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford, was delighted to see a dental practice open in Alford.
He said: “This makes it easier for people to get to a dentist close to home which helps them look after their health better.
“The most important step is bringing the service close to the people. That’s what Young Smile is doing.”