I never thought when I was a child going to the dentist, that I would return to the very same office to practice pediatric dentistry myself. I am truly blessed with an amazing platform to be doing what I love and to love what I do. I have created a rewarding and satisfying career by combining my passion for children and dentistry. My goal is to make each child’s visit to the dentist a comfortable and positive experience using state of the art, cutting edge and refined dental techniques, as well as kindness, patience and gentle behavior guidance, while instilling good dental hygiene that each child will carry into adulthood. I establish a good rapport with every child and parent by gaining their trust, being compassionate and learning the needs of every patient as an individual.
Through animated movies, cartoons and age appropriate demonstrations and age appropriate explanations, I teach children how to maintain proper oral hygiene at home. I know I have accomplished my goal when a child who enters my office scared and in tears, leaves the operatory with a smile and a positive attitude.
I hope that each child will carry with him or her the same good memories of childhood visits to the dental office that I fondly remember each day as I walk into my office.
It is recommended by American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) that a dental visit should occur within six months after the presence of the first tooth or by a child’s first birthday. The AAPD has said that it is important to establish a comprehensive and accessible ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient- referring to this as patient’s dental home. This is because early oral examination aids in detection of early stages of tooth decay. Early detection is essential to maintain oral health, modify aberrant habits, and treat as needed and as simply as possible. Parents are given a program of preventive home care – brushing, flossing, caries risk assessment.
Children respond to dental visits differently, and a child who is not used to going to the dentist may be anxious or fearful in unfamiliar surroundings. When a child with special needs requires extensive dental treatment, sedation or general anesthesia may be necessary.
In the pursuit of professional growth and demand of my patient population and practice goals I underwent complete training in teenage and adult orthodontics and have been actively treating various complex cases of malocclusion (irregularly placed teeth) by preventive, interceptive and tertiary care in both children, adolescents and adults. I am also certified and trained for treating malocclusions with clear orthodontic aligners (without braces)