Dr. Richard C. Ross – NEW Dental Practice Open on Saturdays!
By Lisa Dudley

Do you remember Richard C. Ross from when he played football at Red Hook High School? You will be pleased to know he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and he’s back in Red Hook assuming “sole ownership of Dr. Joel Ritter’s dental practice” on Rt. 308 on Rhinebeck.

Dr. Ritter, who is retiring by the end of the year after 40 years of practice, is confident of Dr. Ross’s ability to care for his patients, “in a highly skilled, caring and professional manner. “He does nice work,” Dr. Ritter declares. “I’m leaving my patients with the best of care.” Dr. Ritter says, “I hand-picked the best dentist I could find so my patients are fully provided for and treated in the same friendly manner — here in this office — with the same staff.” That means Sue Mason will still be at the front desk, greeting you with her radiant smile and Trish Harris will still be your gentle but thorough dental hygienist. “No one should panic,” he insists. “The kid has skills!”

Dr. Ross, who is 30 years old, will continue practicing in Red Hook at 84 W Market St — just across from the high school (alongside his uncle, Dr. James Ross) — and in his new office at 244 Route 308 in Rhinebeck. He has plans to expand Dr. Ritter’s office with current technology, continuing his education to maintain all the most modern of techniques and treatments. And, drumroll please, Dr. Ross will be open on Saturdays!

For busy working families, being able to get dental attention on a Saturday is huge. The office will be open from 9am until 3pm on Saturdays — which is truly wonderful. “I am totally committed to excellent patient care,” Dr. Ross proclaims. “And I am committed to making it easier to get dental work done on a schedule that works for my patients.” Dr. Ross is happy to go the extra mile for his patients. He is dedicated, cheerful and very much a people person.

“Not many people know I went to Hartwick College for my undergraduate studies with plans to become a marine biologist,” he admits. “But I discovered there’s no human interaction. I like people.” Growing up in the small-town community of Red Hook, “I am used to interacting with everyone.” He also likes dentistry because, “It’s a great profession. I get to work one-on-one and change a life.” “Good oral health is really important to a long and healthy life.”

Dr. Ross believes people’s attitudes improve with a nice smile. “It’s very rewarding to see my patients smile,” he continues. “If someone can’t or won’t smile, they may have an inability to chew properly. Or they may be in pain. Or they don’t like the way their teeth look.” Furthermore, “Oral health greatly effects overall health. Periodontal disease effects the immune system. The body is always fighting infection. Broken teeth can spread infections to other parts of the body.” Dr. Ross also recommends flossing, despite recent articles that suggest flossing is overrated. “You can’t argue the research,” he insists. “Flossing is important.”

Dr. Ross is accepting new patients. If you’re looking for a bright new dentist, Dr. Ross takes a conservative approach to dentistry but “welcomes innovative dental materials and procedures” that “make folks more comfortable.” “I am always researching the best materials for a given situation. If I must put something in your mouth, I want to know that it will last. And we always want to preserve the natural tooth, tissues, and bone.”

Dr. Ross is intrigued by the new CAD (computer aided design) software and same day ceramic crowns that almost seem futuristic. “Some of the new technology simplifies the process,” he states. Another great invention, which Dr. Ross is purchasing for his new office, is the digital radiograph. Dr. Ross is trained in this form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography. (Wikipedia)

When he isn’t a dentist, Dr. Ross enjoys hiking, aviation, and has two Labrador Retrievers. He also believes that physical fitness leads to a healthier lifestyle.

P.S. Much of the funding and financial assistance in making this practice-transition possible has come from the employees at Citizens Bank of Rhinebeck. Dr. Ritter and Dr. Ross offer high praise for Kathie Burnham and Mike Spence, and the staff as having played a large part in assisting with contracts and funding.

For more information about Dr. Ritter’s retirement or to become a patient of Dr. Richard C. Ross, call (845) 876-2511, like him on Facebook or visit his website RhinebeckDentalCare.com. Credit cards accepted. Wheelchair accessible.

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