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Guest Post: Why a Pediatric Dentist?

[Note: This is a Guest Post contributed by Dr. Karen Benitez, DDS, of Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry]

Why a pediatric dentist?

As a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, this is a question I’m often asked here at Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry. Most families will be quick to notice a difference in the environment of pediatric dental office specific to kids, much like a pediatrician’s office would be. The primary elements of a pediatric dental environment are visual, sensory, emotional and tactile acceptability.

Our pediatric dental office is different and you will see and feel it from the moment you enter through the door. Our entire office was designed specifically to build the most comfortable atmosphere to meet the needs of our young patients. It is alive with colors, toys and even a separate nook just for kids to explore and play during their short wait. A trip to the dentist should be fun, after all!

Beyond the esthetics and environment, as pediatric dentists we are educated in the unique needs of children and adolescents, and children with special needs. Our studies extend an additional two to three years beyond our general dental school education in pediatric growth and development, orthodontic development, behavior management techniques, and more. We are dedicated to the dental needs of even the youngest of children and it is ALL. WE. DO.

Here at Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry, we understand good vibes! We encourage our patients to touch, feel, ask questions, and share feedback. All this in the interest of introducing the entire dental experience in the friendliest of manners. We introduce our language for all dental instruments in terms kids just get. We “tickle teeth,” use “power washes,” spit into “magic straws,” make “silly smiles,” and wear “silly masks.”

Our dental needs evolve with each decade and our specialty is focused on the early, most impressionable ages to establish a familiarity with oral health practices that carry confidently into their adult lives. Kids are not adults, and we cater to their unique needs and approach. It is important that patients feel at home in our office and with our staff.

We welcome your child to come into our office and have a look. Please stop by and check us out. We would love to have you around!

You can also find us as Bethesda Magazine’s Face of Pediatric Dentistry, view our Top Docs video, and read our stellar reviews! Follow us on Facebook to learn more about what Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry is all about: Focusing on your kids.

Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Karen Benitez, DDS
http://chevychasekids.dentist
O: 301.272.1246

This post is sponsored by Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry, however, I only promote services, places, and programs that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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DC Pediatric Smiles is Celebrating Fall with a $100 Whole Foods Giveaway!



DC Pediatric Smiles is getting excited for fall! And to celebrate the season, they are giving one lucky KFDC reader a $100 Whole Foods gift card to help with those busy school nights — you can pick some up some healthy food to go and make the weeknight a little easier for everyone.

DC Pediatric Smiles is proud to be the only pediatric dental practice in Bethesda owned and operated by a board certified pediatric dentist. The brand new office has ample free parking and is all digital — you can schedule an appointment online, and all new patient paperwork can be done from your home.

Their family-friendly hours include select evenings and Saturdays with 24/7 on-call services provided by their pediatric dentist for any after-hour emergencies. They are now accepting new patients, and the first visit for any patient under two years old is free! They also offer free office tours for patients of all ages — but you can get a glimpse of it in the photos below.

DC Pediatric Smiles is located at 5640 Shields Drive Bethesda, MD. They can be reached at 301.363.9026 or smile@dcpediatricsmiles.com.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a $100 gift card to Whole Foods from DC Pediatric Smiles, simply leave a comment below telling me what activity you’re most looking forward to this fall. To be eligible to win, you must like DC Pediatric Smiles on Facebook. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through Thursday, September 28, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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This post is sponsored by DC Pediatric Smiles, however, I only promote products, events, places, and programs that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.

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DC Pediatric Smiles Dental Practice Opens in Bethesda



DC Pediatric Smiles is thrilled to announce the opening of their new office! And they are proud to be the only pediatric dental practice in Bethesda owned and operated by a board certified pediatric dentist.

The brand new state-of-the-art office has ample free parking and is easily accessible for strollers (no elevators or stairs). They work with most insurance providers and are open on select evenings and Saturdays, so you can schedule an appointment that works with your busy life! They also have 24/7 on-call services provided by their pediatric dentist for any after-hours emergencies.

At DC Pediatric Smiles, they understand that a child’s experience with dentistry is a journey. Each child enters their office at a different stage along that journey. Dr. Derek Blank and his team are specially trained to identify how to help your child feel comfortable and develop a patient-provider foundation of trust. Their Laugh.Grow.Smile. approach is critical to this success.

LAUGH.
Teeth aside for a moment, DC Pediatric Smiles wants to start by learning about their patients — your child’s interest in music, sports, language, art, and dance. What makes your child excited? And of course, essential questions like… Paw Patrol or Cars? …Daniel Tiger or Nemo? …Anna or Elsa? (or Olaf?)

GROW.
At each appointment, Dr. Blank and the team at DCPS aim to make a real, direct impression on your child. The goal? To instill one pearl of practical dental knowledge in your child’s memory. This can be a brushing demonstration, a new way to hold floss, or even a healthy snacking tip.

SMILE.
At the end of the first appointment, they strive for your child to leave the office grinning from ear-to-ear. Does this really happen? Yes, most of the time. And when it doesn’t, they work even harder to ensure they improve your child’s level of familiarity and enthusiasm with each subsequent appointment.

DC Pediatric Smiles is now scheduling new patients! For children ages 2 and under, they offer a free initial appointment. And for patients of all ages, stop in for a complimentary office tour. They look forward to seeing your smiling face in their office soon!

DC Pediatric Smiles is located at 5640 Shields Dr. in Bethesda, MD. They can be reached at 301.363.9026.


This post is sponsored by DC Pediatric Smiles, however, I only promote products, events, places, and programs that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.


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