We believe that your smile is one of the most important physical features a person has.
At Balaclava Dental Care we are providing our clients with a variety of options and solutions to enhance improve and even rejuvenate their smile by implementing the latest scientific and clinical knowledge.
Whether wanting to have your smile improved, your teeth brightened, or are in need of a cleaning or filling, we ensure that the caring and gentle treatment our team offers will give the healthy and beautiful smile you desire without the anxiety that most people feel when visiting their dentist.
Our team at Balaclava Dental Care is available to answer all your questions regarding your dental work and to ensure that you have the best possible and successful treatment plan to suit your needs and financial capabilities.
MEET OUR STAFF
Dr Alexander Goichman B.Med.Sc D.M.D has been practicing clinical dentistry since 2001. As a young dentist, he believed that by gaining experience in different areas of dentistry and being exposed to diverse and different approaches to dental diagnosis and treatment will allow him to offer his patients the highest level of treatment.
In his early years Alex worked in private and corporate dental practices, he spent months working with Oral surgeons, Prosthodontists, Endodontists and periodontists.
During these years Alex had established his treatment philosophy: Dentistry, same as medicine, needs to start by comprehensive and accurate diagnosis which relays on skill, knowledge and backed by technology.
This is to be followed by detailed planning and only then a high level of treatment. During his clinical career, Alex has noticed that most people don’t like to travel between dental providers for various treatments, therefore; Alex insists that our entire dental team will be constantly training to be able to cover most areas of dental care to the highest standard.
Always wanting to learn and improve Alex is passionate about dental technology and materials. Having a background in chemistry you will often find Alex experimenting with new materials and technologies: attempting to improve working protocols and experiment with different applications.
When not working, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is a trained Barista who often roasts his own coffee, coaches and plays Basketball for Ormond Jets and loves Mountain Biking on the hills and mountains around Melbourne.
Alex is fluent in English, Hebrew and Russian.
Graduating with honours in Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne in 2009, Samantha has worked in various private clinics in the metropolitan region where Samantha has gained expansive experience in all aspects of dentistry, with a particular interest in crown and bridge work.
Samantha prides herself on her preventive and gentle approach to dental treatment as Samantha is a strong believer that all her patients feel comfortable and relaxed under her care.
Samantha has a passion for reaching out to the underprivileged and regularly volunteers for dental mission trips overseas with her church. Over the years Samantha has visited Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines. In her free time, Samantha enjoys singing and jamming in a band, playing netball, travelling.
Samantha also speaks fluent Cantonese.
Dr Sonia Barreto was educated at Javeriana University in Colombia, one of the premier dental faculties in South America.
Sonia has practiced in both private and public in Colombia and in Australia. Sonia performs a wide variety of general dental procedures but has a special interest in restorative and aesthetic dentistry.
Sonia’s approach to dentistry is marked by a holistic approach that emphasises the general wellbeing of the patient. This view of dental practice is further enhanced by the Master of Public Health that Sonia obtained by the University of Melbourne. Sonia believes that good dental health is a significant factor in a person’s overall well-being. Therefore dental treatment not only responds to the immediate dental problem but also contributes to the patient’s general health and well-being. This philosophy characterises Sonia’s practice of dentistry.
Away from dentistry, Dr Sonia Barreto enjoys singing, playing guitar and dancing.
MAINTAINING GOOD ORAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE FROM INFANCY THROUGH THE SENIOR YEARS.
Brush your teeth twice a day
Floss your teeth once a day
Get regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning
Eat a balanced, low-sugar diet
Once you establish proper dental hygiene habits, you should maintain them throughout your lifetime.
SMOKING AND ALL FORMS OF TOBACCO ARE HARMFUL TO YOUR ORAL HEALTH AND BAD FOR YOU IN GENERAL, POSSIBLE ORAL HEALTH IMPACTS INCLUDE:
stained teeth and tongue
dulled sense of taste and smell
slow healing after a tooth extraction or oral surgery
difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems
gum disease and tooth loss
Quitting is the only way to decrease your risk of these and other tobacco-related health problems
A WHITE SMILE IS A GREAT ACCESSORY FOR EVERYONE.
Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, but if you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your whitening options.
(by College of Dentistry, University of Florida)