A Safari Dental Makes Both Parents and Kids Smile!

Published on 22 June 2014 in Business
Dara Tucker (author)

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Frank Pettinato II, DMD (center) and his staff at A Safari Dental focus on making your child’s dental experience so positive that they will actually want to go to the dentist!

Frank Pettinato II, DMD (center) and his staff at A Safari Dental focus on making your child’s dental experience so positive that they will actually want to go to the dentist!

I want the best for my children. Not the best clothes or latest toys, but the best experiences; especially the ones that will set the foundation for their future. As parents, our hope is the choices we make now regarding our children’s health and education will stay with them as adults, and that they will value both. As an adult who had a great pediatric dentist, I am amazed how many of my peers will endure the agony of a toothache, rather than see a dentist – often because of a bad experience they had when they were younger. Dr. Frank Pettinato II at A Safari Dental, on Rowan Rd. in New Port Richey is creating a great dental health foundation for my children, and many others in our area.

Frank Pettinato II, D.M.D, M.S. earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2001 from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville. He attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond where he completed two years of pediatric residency and earned both his Certificate of Specialty Training in Pediatric Dentistry and a Master of Science degree. “When I first entered dental school I was trying to decide which area I wanted to specialize in,” explained Dr. Pettinato. “My wife pointed out to me that whenever the opportunity was available, I was in the pediatric clinic helping out. It became obvious that dental pediatrics was the specialization for me.”

Dr. Pettinato’s father, Frank Pettinato, Sr., is a longtime pediatric dentist in Tampa. “I always enjoyed helping out during the weekends when my father would go into the office,” said Dr. Pettinato. “Now myself, and two of my sisters all practice pediatric dentistry,” said Dr. Pettinato.

A Safari Dental makes kids a priority. Children’s movies play on a TV in the waiting room (same movie is playing in each of the exam rooms, so your child won’t miss even a scene), as well as eight TVs hooked up to video games. Brightly colored jungle animals in the waiting room exam rooms reflect the safari theme. The exam area features two different child-sized sinks and mirrors, as well as smaller dental chairs, which are much less intimidating.

I love how the dental hygienists take time to call the children by their name, and introduce themselves to the children. Parents can choose to go back with their child, or stay in the waiting room. The dental hygienists communicate over a headset system to let the doctor know the patient is ready without having to leave the room. They can communicate if it’s a first dental visit, or even if they need extra assistance.

 

Frank Pettinato II, DMD (center) and his staff at A Safari Dental focus on making your child’s dental experience so positive that they will actually want to go to the dentist!

Frank Pettinato II, DMD (center) and his staff at A Safari Dental focus on making your child’s dental experience so positive that they will actually want to go to the dentist!

 

When Dr. Pettinato examined my daughter, and counted her teeth, “One princess tooth, two princess teeth . . .” she beamed.

Superior attention, a child-centered philosophy, state-of-the-art sterilization and technology are just a few reasons to choose A Safari Dental. And, Dr. Pettinato really cares. If your child has a dental emergency such as injury or an abscess, even on the weekend, you can call the office.

Dr. Pettinato also performs orthodontic work in his office, and offers sedation for dental work.

A Safari Dental accepts most major insurances, and the state program, Florida Healthy Kids. And the kids will love their goodie bag and a token for the treasure towers!

A Safari Dental is located at 4427 Rowan Rd. in New Port Richey and is open Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m., and one Saturday a month for your convenience.

To set an appointment, please call 727-834-8585.

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