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Dentist’s clients now happy thanks to ice cream

Sep 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

CAPITAL LICK: Dr Gaurav Taneja, left, Celia Wade-Brown, and Parant Selvanayakam.

ICE cream lovers can have their sweet treat and keep their teeth too, says a dentist who opened Wellington’s newest ice cream shop today.

“I was pulling teeth out last week – and this week I’m here selling ice cream,” says Dr Gaurav Taneja, above left, owner and operator of Movenpick Wellington.

Dr Taneja, 33, says he chose ice cream over dentistry to make people happy.

He got tired of seeing his patients come in to the clinic filled with fear.

“In here I never get to hear ‘I hate you guys’ – now it’s ‘I love you for making my day’.”

The proliferation of gelateria across the capital doesn’t faze Dr Taneja, who insists his product is in a class of its own.

“We know Kiwis love creamy ice cream, and here they can get a whole gallery of desserts, sit down and have a cup of coffee, not just stand in the wind holding their cone.”

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown cut the ribbon to open the shop this morning on the corner of Manners St and Victoria St.

Ms Wade-Brown says the brisk morning weather is no barrier to enjoying ice cream.

“Actually this is great weather for ice cream – it doesn’t melt and drip down your hands as fast,” she said with a cone in hand.

Dr Taneja jokes he might open a dental practice across the road from the ice cream shop, but says the treats don’t have to cost customers their dental health.

His advice for people who love their icecream but want to look after their teeth is to rinse with fresh water after eating the dessert.

New Zealanders are among the highest per capita consumers of ice cream in the world.


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