Harper Appleby has some fun with her brother, Tyler, under the watch of Dr Leanne Paterson who has been voted the best dentist on the Coast. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Harper Appleby has some fun with her brother, Tyler, under the watch of Dr Leanne Paterson who has been voted the best dentist on the Coast. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Top dentist says ‘let it go’, but don’t let cavities grow

A SCOTTISH national voted the Sunshine Coast's top dentist is "on a mission" to create a generation of people passionate about their oral health.

Dr Leanne Paterson at Kawana Dental received an outstanding number of votes in the Daily's search for the Sunshine Coast's best dentist.

The call-out was part of the Daily's Best of the Sunshine Coast series, which highlights businesses, foods and people across the region deserving recognition.

Ms Paterson said the win "made her year" and was "absolutely mind-blown" by the amount of support she had received.

"I'm so lucky. The team that we have here at Kawana Dental are just the best team in the world - I'm so blessed to be a part of it," she said.

"And the patients that we have here are the best patients in the world. I'm so lucky to have them.

"I'm just so grateful for everyone for their support and love."

Ms Paterson said her passion for dentistry stemmed from a love of working with people and in healthcare.

"People only go to the doctor when they're sick. Whereas people come to their dentist twice a year and, in a way, you get to become a really small but nice part of that family's life," she said.

SUNSHINE COAST'S TOP FIVE DENTISTS

  1. Dr Leanne Paterson, Kawana Dental
  2. Dr Nicole Hoffman, Plaza Central Dentists
  3. Dr Christine Fenn, Gentle Dental
  4. Dr Brooke, Yandina Dental
  5. Dr Innes, Bright Smiles

Ms Paterson, who grew up and was trained as a dentist in Scotland, travelled to Australia in 2013 and worked for the royal flying doctor's service.

When she was travelling Queensland she "stumbled upon" the Sunshine Coast, which she immediately knew she wanted to call home.

"Why would you want to live anywhere else? This is paradise," she said.

She's now been on the Coast for five years and loves being a part of the Kawana Dental family.

Ms Paterson said her passion within the industry was with paediatrics and getting kids excited about their oral health.

"Most adults dislike the dentist and most cite childhood fears or bad experiences as their reason for that," she said.

"I'm kind of on a mission to make sure that the kids of today don't grow up with the same relationship with dentists that adults now have.

"If we can make them like us then they'll turn into adults who will look after their oral health better, and they'll be better attenders at the dentist."

A trip to the dentist is fun when kids visit Ms Paterson, whose favourite Disney character is Elsa from Frozen.

Kawana Dental is located at Point Cartwright Dr at Buddina.