Bellshill dentist Brian Bianchi is swapping his drill for a set of golf clubs as he retires after more than 30 years of looking after the town’s smiles.
Brian started at the surgery in John Street in March 1982, he took it over in 1990 until 2009 when he sold out to IDH, who are now mydental.
He said: “I was approached in early 2009 and given the age I was way, retiring after the five year corporate made sense, I would have had to sell at some point so it worked out fine.
“Dentistry really was a good fit for me, but it is a busy, busy job, there may be a possibility of doing locums at some point, but for now I just want to chill out and see how I feel.
“I aim to cycle more and get back to playing golf which has been put to one side for a while, I have two grandchildren now who are under a year old and are great fun, so I don’t think I’ll be looking for things to do.”
Brian admits the job has changed a lot in his 33 years, and hopes one day no one is scared of the dentist.
He said: “Technology has moved on considerably, you don’t have to be as invasive to repair teeth anymore.
“We used to do a general anaesthetic session on a Wednesday morning and patients would queue down the street, you also had a go at children’s orthodontic treatment yourself, now there are specialists clinics for these.
“Generally dental health is going in the right direction, there is still a way to go, but it is all about education.
“I think there is a generation thing that a lot of the older people are still quite nervous about going to the dentist, but get the kids early enough and educate them, rather than drilling and filling, then they don’t grow up with the fear.”
Brian would like thank all his patients for their gifts and best wishes.