Dr. Susan Charles and Dr. Harrison Smith, dentist in St. Joseph, MOExperience a personal relationship with a Dentist in St. Joseph, MO

At Foundations of Health Dental Care, you will find the most important aspect of our dental practice lies in our personal relationships with our patients. Our team believes that building long-term relationships is essential for building foundations for total health.  Our practice accomplishes this by creating a comfortable and relaxed environment. We also have an empathetic and caring staff.  Your dentist will spend time in conversation with you. Your dentist will know you a little better each time you are with us.  You should feel that you are in the right place and will be well taken care of. All members of the family are welcome to our dental practice. We serve young and older family members. If you have a need outside of our areas of expertise, we’ll make sure you see the right dental professional.

Our practice philosophy is built on the fact that we consistently do what is best for the patient. We help and advise patients on how they can be healthy throughout their lifetime. Your dentist and each team member will treat you like family. The goal of our practice is to make sure that each of our patients has a complete diagnosis with available treatment options that will best fit their needs.

Our services include gold inlays, oral hygiene, composites, cosmetic dentistry, crown and bridge, dentures, veneers, and bleaching or tooth whitening to our patients who request these services.

As your Dentist, we make a difference

We feel one of the best ways anyone can build a relationship with another human being is to spend time with them and to give someone our undivided attention. In our practice, will always spend a little time at the beginning of each appointment finding out what is going on in your life. We get to know a little bit more about you, what you like and what you don’t like. We hope to discover a little more about your family and what’s important to you.  In our practice, we bring order and a time-honored methodology to create the best experience for our patients.  In our office, you and your dentist decide together what ought to be done and choose together to do it.

“That relationship means at least as much to us as the business side. Without that relationship, we would find doing dentistry just a technical exercise.”

It is a privilege to be your dentist in St. Joseph

At Foundations of Health Dental Care, we feel like our priorities are in order. We believe our priorities benefit the people we serve. Because of that, we feel it’s important to make an emotional investment in our patients. That’s the only way we know how to have an excellent dental practice. Your dentist and everyone in the practice invests in you with our time and attention. You don’t find that in many places anymore.

We know you have a choice when it comes to choosing a dentist in our St. Joseph community. We hope you know we consider it a privilege to be part of your healthcare team.

Your teeth and your smile are essential. How you feel about your smile gives you confidence every day. Let our team at Foundations of Health Dental Care help you change your smile if you aren’t comfortable with the way it looks. One of our goals is to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime if that is also a goal of yours! A good dentist can help guide you to that goal if that is what you also want. Your health is as important to us as it is to you. You will see and feel that commitment to every patient and with every interaction.

If you want more from your dentist and have a standard of care that lends itself to a higher quality of dentistry, our practice will be an excellent fit for you. Call us today at (816) 233-0142.


The American Dental Association continues to stress the importance of seeing your dentist regularly. Dental care is essential. ADA and CDC protocols used in dental offices have kept the number of documented transmissions in a clinical dental setting to date at zero. Learn more from the ADA here > https://bit.ly/398xffH and feel confident coming in to see us for your essential care at Foundations of Health Dental Care.

We encourage you to read our COVID protocol information by clicking  “+COVID-19 Update”

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, you may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes in accordance with recently published guidelines from the three agencies mentioned in the above paragraph.  We are happy to make these slight modifications to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • We ask that you arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to allow us the ability to complete your screening.
  • Please wear your mask, if you have one, to your appointment. If you arrive without a mask we will provide you with one to wear.
  • Someone from our staff will take your temperature prior to your appointment.
  • Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, books, and so forth since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. It will be hard for us to accommodate last-minute schedule changes due to a limited number of appointment options.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (816)233-0142.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Dr. Charles and Dr. Smith