Tampa dentist seeks lifetime of healthy, happy smiles

Dr. John Redd has a very clear idea of how he wants his Tampa practice to end: “When I die, which I hope will be a very long time from now, I’ll have to cancel my afternoon patients.”

The philosophy certainly sums up his dedication to the Tampa region; he was born in Miami, moved to Tampa when he was 4, and has remained here ever since.

He grew up with several friends whose parents were physicians and dentists, and found himself drawn to the dental lifestyle. “The physicians were constantly working and couldn’t build good relationships with their patients; it was stick-and-move, stick-and-move,” he says. “The dentists seemed like they were much more laid-back and could get to know people.”

Redd received his dental degree from the University of Florida in 1992, spent several years as an associate, and opened his own practice in 1997. He’s remained in his current location since 2001.

“I approach every new patient as if I’m going to take care of their teeth for the rest of their lives,” he says. “I tell everyone, your mouth is like a house that you can’t move out of. With regular maintenance, it will last forever, but if you don’t pay attention to maintenance, it’ll come back to hit you eventually. And sometimes people just want their house to be prettier. We look for a healthy smile, with the emphasis on ‘healthy.’”

Angie’s List member Scherylline Kopan of Safety Harbor, Fla.,. joined his practice as a new patient in 2010 and knew from the first moment she would be comfortable there.

“I learned a long time ago that not every dentist who says they’re a cosmetic dentist has the training or experience to do a good job,” she says. “I’m a bit obsessive about my teeth and smile, but Dr. Redd has a great chairside manner and was able to address my concerns and immediately put me at ease.”

Redd says he and his staff place a high premium on patient comfort. “We know people aren’t having fun at the dentist,” he says. “We’ll give them noise-canceling headphones and a monitor to watch TV and stay distracted while we work, and we have comfortable cushions in every chair. Details like that make it a little easier to visit the dentist.”

In keeping with his interest in the community, he makes an effort to get to know every patient. “I’ll call them on their birthdays, we remember where their kids go to school and I call after every procedure,” he says. “It’s a matter of taking the time to learn about them. I want to have people remain my patients for life. I see a lot of my patients at the grocery store, so it’s in my best interest that they like me!”

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