Many of us who grew up in the 60’s, 70’s and even early 80’s did not have the advantage of visiting a dentist, specifically trained and specializing in Pediatric Dentistry. We would visit our parent’s family dentist, and be treated in big adult dental chairs—many times not even offered a booster seat. There were no brightly colored walls, games or goody bags. The only source of entertainment was a couple of dog-eared copies of Highlights for Children magazine. Needless to say, many of us did not have very positive first experiences with dental visits or oral health.
Much has changed today with most major dental schools offering specialty areas in Pediatric Dentistry—similar to Pediatrics in General Medicine. Many families all over the United States realize the benefits and importance of seeking out a specialized Pediatric Dentist.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a membership organization representing this specialty area has over 8,800 members, who work in private offices, clinics and hospital settings all over the country. On their website homepage they state that they are advocates for children’s oral health, and promote evidence-based policies and clinical guidelines. They educate and inform policymakers, parents and guardians, and other health care professionals. In addition, they foster research and provide continuing professional education for pediatric dentists.
Park View’s Point of View
Our founder, Dr. Deborah Pilla is a distinguished member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, along with the American Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists and the New York Society of Dentistry for Children. She has been making children’s smiles brighter since 1985, when she pioneered oneof New York City’s first dental practices, exclusively dedicated to children. She also employs a top-notch staff of all-female dentists, hygienist and dental assistants. “Children, especially the very young ones, just feel more comfortable with female dentists. Our hands our also a lot smaller, making working in those little mouths a bit easier”, says Dr. Pilla.
She also believes that tailoring an environment and treatment procedures specifically toward children, from infancy through young adulthood, creates a strong positive foundation for a lifetime of excellent oral health.
Here are some additional ways that Park View Pediatric Dentistry provides children with “dental care with a little extra care.”
— Colorful subway-themed office with an activity filled waiting room that includes games and iPads—plus a calming view of Central Park in the major treatment rooms.
— Provides fluoride and sealant treatments to actually prevent tooth decay.
— Offers oral education to children and parents in-office, and off-premises at neighboring schools and events.
— Uses the latest state-of-the-art digital x-rays to reduce the level of radiation and provide a more accurate diagnosis.
— Offers various sedation options, both in the comfort of our office and at nearby LIJ/Lenox Hill Hospital for more complex cases.
— Cartoon/TV viewing right from the dental chair for a more relaxed, entertainment-filled experience.
— Gives children goodie bags, special seasonal give-aways, fun stickers, sugar-free ice pops and more!
— Plus, conducts raffles throughout the year to encourage maintaining the six- month visit schedule.
Here’s to your child’s oral health!