Veteran dentist not too long in the tooth

Max Trott, who has been a dentist and partner at the practice for most of his career, looks at a book celebrating the clinic’s 90 years with Scott Glaskin, the founder’s grandson.
Max Trott, who has been a dentist and partner at the practice for most of his career, looks at a book celebrating the clinic’s 90 years with Scott Glaskin, the founder’s grandson.

Dentist Max Trott (70) has spent the most of his career at the clinic.

Dr Trott said the biggest change in dentistry was the introduction of fluoride in the mid-1960s, which reduced the number of fillings in children and adults and signalled the move into cosmetic dentistry.

‘Over the years dental decay has gradually diminished, certainly in this area,’ Dr Trott said.

‘As a consequence, there’s been a change in emphasis of what people want from their dentist; from giving them false teeth and getting them out of pain to more of a focus on aesthetics.’

Dr Trott said the clinic’s client list had grown over time, boosted by the the patronage of boarding school students, in particular those from the country.

‘The past 90 years have seen the business survive by providing the best dental treatment that we can, according to the knowledge and the skills and the techniques available at the time,’ he said.

‘All that has gradually changed but the principle has been formed on that basis.’

Everyday, more clients are introduced to the clinic by its website.

‘I hope that I’ve contributed to the health of community by looking after people’s teeth,’ Dr Trott said. ‘I’m going to retire when I get old.’