Dr Calum Watson
Dr Calum Watson is the Principal Dentist of Floss Family Dental. He has a Bachelor of Oral Health (Dental Science) and a Graduate Diploma of Dentistry, both of which he completed at Griffith University. Calum has a broad range of dental experience, including time in the Australian Defence Force as well as in private practice in both Sydney and Brisbane. Calum has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry and a passion for helping apprehensive patients and children. His decision to open Floss Family Dental was driven by a desire to provide exceptional patient-centric, family-friendly dental care, and to offer a dental experience that exceeds expectations.
Committed to local families
Having grown up in and around his family’s pharmacy business in Redland Bay, Calum knew early on that he too wanted to have a business that served the local community. He is committed to delivering exceptional dental care to local Redlands families, and is motivated by providing unrivalled care that gives patient’s confidence in their smile.
Tell us about yourself
I married my high school sweetheart in 2010 and now have 3 wonderful kids. When I’m not at work I love spending as much time as possible with my family – they help me to relax and remind me not to take life too seriously. I love fishing and 4WDing when I get the chance… there are some fantastic places in the Redlands to do both, which is very handy!
I was an avid soccer player until multiple serious injuries permanently sidelined me to the couch, where I am a vocal supporter. You might spot me and the family around the Redlands in our matching Liverpool jerseys.
When did you decide to become a dentist?
I would say I decided in my last two years of highschool. I spent some time working and observing some different professions before deciding dentistry was the right pick for me. Funnily enough I found a story I wrote to my future self in primary school, and in that I was a dentist! I had also won the World Cup playing for Australia so I’m not sure what to make of that.
What would you say is your dental philosophy?
I believe that dentistry should be practiced in an ethical and compassionate manner. I like to focus on patient education and prevention, but when there are issues I believe in restoring my patients confidence in their teeth and providing them with the best long term solution.
How do you keep up to date with techniques, technology and teachings?
I like to attend regular formal training on the latest techniques and I often attend launches for new technology. I listen to podcasts and read articles regularly.
As a dentist, what's the best part of your day?
The most rewarding part of my day is when I can help someone overcome their dental anxiety. Often it is a long process to be able to have someone feel comfortable in the dental chair after previous bad experiences. I really enjoy being able to work through that with my patients to enable them to have a more healthy relationship with their teeth.
I love being the person that gives someone confidence in their smile. I’ve seen how difficult it can be for people to be happy when they feel self conscious of their smile, and there is no better feeling than seeing that big wide grin after some meticulous cosmetic work
What is the one thing you want patients to know about your work?
I’m really passionate about changing people’s lives for the better, and I think that providing excellent ethical dentistry in a comfortable way has the power to do that for a lot of people.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending as much time with my family as possible. I like playing with play-doh, I love colouring and reading stories. I really enjoy running around with the kids playing all sorts of fun games.
I really look forward to being out and about with my family, at the park, at the zoo or at the beach.
I also love 4WDing, kayaking, fishing, reading, practicing the Playstation for the kids at work, and watching our patient recommendations on Netflix.
What is something people may not know about you?
I was terrified of the dentist when I was a kid, and I definitely don’t have “perfect teeth”.
What would you do if you weren't a dentist?
I think I would be an unsuccessful inventor/creator as an excuse to be a stay at home dad.
Describe yourself in 3 words
Compassionate, dedicated, determined.
Book an appointment with Dr Calum
Dr Calum is available for appointments at both Wellington Point and Victoria Point.