New Home Care Dentist Service Meets Growing Need, Continues National ‘House Call’ Trend

Bay Area house call dentist Dr. Amir Ghorbani recently founded Home Care Dentist as a way to meet the needs of an aging population. His advanced portable equipment rolls right into private residences or senior facilities and unfolds into a full-service dental practice complete with x-rays and suction. Home Care Dentist has been a godsend to Bay Area families faced with the challenge of transporting an elderly family member with mobility issues or dementia to a dental office.

“It’s rewarding to make home visits to those patients who may otherwise have gone extended periods of time without proper care. Oral health has been clearly linked to overall health so there is much more at stake with tooth decay and gum disease than the loss of teeth,” says Dr. Ghorbani.

What Dr. Ghorbani and team did not predict when launching their services is the burgeoning subset of Home Care Dentist patients that are entirely free of mobility, aging or phobia concerns and are simply seeking a more modern and convenient solution to their health needs.

“Doing our dentistry at a convenient time at home guarantees that everyone in the family gets their regular cleaning and checkups,” shares Dr. Peter Danzig, entrepreneur, university professor and Home Care Dentist patient.

Dr. Danzig represents the growing sector of Americans who prefer to see healthcare professionals in the comfort of home. As more and more Americans discover and choose the option of seeing their physicians, dentists and even cosmetic surgeons at home, the idea that house calls are “old-fashioned” is being turned on its head. A number of boutique medical operations around the country are now making house calls and Home Care Dentist is among the first to focus exclusively on house call dentistry.

As overscheduled families in the heart of Silicon Valley aim to find balance in their lives, scheduling group appointments at home and savings hours of time that would otherwise be spent in traffic or in a waiting room starts to make perfect sense.

“We’re excited to be offering a reliable, quality solution to Bay Area families and professionals while continuing to cater to the senior community. It’s hard to ignore a dentist appointment when it shows up at your front door,” shares Liz Becker, Patient Coordinator for Home Care Dentist.

Dr. Ghorbani and his team see an opportunity to provide this service to a broader community outside the San Francisco Bay Area in the near future. To inquire about Home Care Dentist’s services, contact dentist(at)homecaredentist(dot)com or visit http://homecaredentist.com.

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San Francisco Bay Area Dentist Makes House Calls ‘Cool’ Again

When he launched Home Care Dentist, Dr. Amir Ghorbani saw it as a way to find even greater joy in his work. Having performed a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry for years on the Bay Area Peninsula in private practice, he often questioned whether he was making a real difference in his patients’ lives. With his thriving house call practice, he has no doubts.

“I’ve seen patients who haven’t been able to leave their homes for years due to aging and mobility issues or, in some cases, agoraphobia. As all the research continues to point to the significant links between oral healthcare and overall health, it’s becoming even more important that home-bound patients receive proper dental care,” says Dr. Ghorbani.

The groundswell of evidence linking poor oral health with a number of systemic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory problems has prompted other healthcare professionals to recommend house call dentistry to the patients they serve.

Bay Area Care Manager Kimberly Wilcox, RN, contacted Home Care Dentist when a bed-bound patient began experiencing extreme discomfort in his mouth. “Dr. Ghorbani has not only significantly improved the quality of life of the patient, but has also taught proper oral hygiene care to his caregivers. Home Care Dentist has been a tremendous resource for me and my patients,” shares Wilcox.

The average Home Care Dentist appointment lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes equipment set-up, a comprehensive exam and x-rays. The portable equipment unfolds from a stack of metal boxes into a full-service dental office.

“Everyone who calls our office is excited to learn that we provide this service throughout the Bay Area. Family members and caregivers are often incredibly relieved to know that they won’t have to solve the challenge of transporting a patient with mobility issues or dementia to a dental office,” says Dr. Ghorbani.

He went on, “I recently visited a 90 year old woman in San Jose who shared stories from her younger days when she used to rock climb, dance Tango and sing in a band. I only learned at the end of the appointment that she was referencing her late seventies. I restore classic cars as a hobby and many of our patients drove these cars new. We really gain as much from their life stories as they do from our services.”

There was a time when most doctor visits were made in a patient’s home. While house call dentistry is old-fashioned in a sense, Home Care Dentist is bringing a fresh, modern and technology-driven edge to the concept. The equipment looks like high-tech luggage and conveniently fits into a Mini Cooper.

“The first time I saw the Mini roll into Mom’s driveway, I thought there must be some type of mistake. As the boxes came out and Dr. Ghorbani and his assistant set up, ‘Cool’ was the first word that came to mind,” says Katie Alvarez, the daughter of a regular Home Care Dentist patient.

Dr. Ghorbani and his team see an opportunity to provide this service to a broader community outside the San Francisco Bay Area in the near future. To inquire about partnership or services, contact dentist@homecaredentist.com or visit http://homecaredentist.com.

Dentist House Calls Stage a Welcome Return in the Bay Area

When Amir Ghorbani, DDS isn’t fixing teeth, he’s fixing cars. An avid classic car enthusiast, Dr. Ghorbani can often be found under the hood of an American classic from a bygone era. Recently, Dr. Ghorbani began to restore another aspect of a bygone era – dental house calls.

Dr. Ghorbani is Co-Founder and Primary Care Dentist of Home Care Dentist (http://homecaredentist.com), a Bay Area provider of in-home dentistry. Home Care Dentist visits private residences, senior communities and companies and provides a range of dental services with advanced portable equipment.

“When we launched the service, I hoped we could serve as an important resource for those with mobility or transportation concerns, primarily the elderly population. Those visits have certainly been the most rewarding,” shares Dr. Ghorbani.

“What has surprised me is just how many people call Home Care Dentist for the sake of convenience or comfort. We have busy professionals or younger patients who simply prefer to avoid the traditional dental office, in some cases due to phobia,” Dr. Ghorbani continued, “Whatever is motivating people to call, we are thrilled to be providing preventative care for those who may otherwise have gone extended periods of time without proper oral healthcare.”

While it may seem that the type of dental treatment one can receive outside a dental office must be limited, the reality is that the portable equipment Home Care Dentist uses can provide almost every treatment that a traditional dental office can.

“We do everything from basic oral hygiene visits to crowns and bridges. Everyone is amazed that a few metal boxes can transform into a full-service dental office right before their eyes, complete with x-rays and suction,” says Dr. Ghorbani.

Dr. Ghorbani and his team see an opportunity to provide this service to a broader community outside the San Francisco Bay Area in the near future. They have plans to partner with local dentists to offer their in-home dental care throughout California and beyond. To inquire about partnership or services, contact dentist@homecaredentist.com or visit http://homecaredentist.com.

Flossing and Longevity

Flossing is more important than ever! Not flossing your teeth inevitably leads to inflamed gums. Chronic inflammation leads to the release of inflammatory substances into the bloodstream that can clog the arteries. 

Various show that the presence of periodontal diseases, diseases most common in people with tooth loss, actually affects longevity. The best of these studies done at Emory University with the Centers for Disease Control indicated that people with gingivitis and periodontitis have a mortality rate that is 23 percent to 46 percent higher than those who don’t.  They are linked to increased rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as to an increase in mortality from other causes, such as infections.

Furthermore, flossing your teeth daily can make your arteries younger. The probable reason: Flossing helps keep your immune system young… the same bacteria that cause periodontal disease also trigger an immune response, inflammation, that causes the arteries to swell. The swelling of the arterial walls results in a constriction of blood flow that can lead to a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease. Other studies have shown that periodontal disease leads to a higher white blood cell count, which is an indicator that the immune system is under increased stress…. Poor oral hygiene and particularly increased tooth loss are important indicators of your risk. The fewer teeth you have, the greater your risk of gum infections.

Want to make sure your teeth and gums are in tip-top shape? Contact Home Care Dentist today!