“Every parent should take their child to see a dentist that fits within the framework of their parental philosophy. The pediatric dentists in the state of Washington are all excellent, but just like parents, dentists also have varying practice philosophies. In my practice, my associates and I utilize what we call the Parent-Directed Approach during patient examinations. This means that we design the child’s dental treatment around specific parental ideologies about topics such as fluoride, white vs. silver fillings, the child’s medical history, specific oral habits of the child, and familial dietary habits. In that respect, parents are welcomed during the examinations and treatments and are always informed and included in the decision-making process.
“At A Kids Place Dentistry, the most common compliment that we continuously hear from clients is that their child can’t wait to go back to see the dentist and how much fun their child had. The second most common question is usually, ‘How did you make my child so motivated to brush their teeth?’ We work very hard to make the environment at A Kids Place Dentistry comfortable, fun and informative for both the child and the parents. On some days one might think that they’ve entered a carnival or circus with balloon animals, magic tricks and bouncy balls! We’ve had the pleasure of serving the Renton Highlands community for over 7 years with excellent success. That office space is solely a pediatric dental office, so the colors are brighter and the design of the office is tailored specifically for kids. In our new West Seattle location, we share the space with our new partners, Sound Orthodontics, so the office design and colors are little more subdued, though still very comfortable and inviting. Our great ‘A Kids Place’ energy, along with the balloons, magic tricks, and bouncy balls are still in full force; however, and it’s a beautiful space for which we are so privileged with this opportunity to serve the West Seattle community.
“What keeps our patients coming back is the caring and honest approach of our staff and doctors. We change the lives of concerned parents and timid children every day, and it’s a joy to see those families return with smiles on their faces and excitement in their eyes!”
Dr. McDonald believes in community involvement: “Besides working with community groups and schools, I am also very involved in organizations that help strengthen the oral-health safety net in our state. I’ve served three years as a Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) state delegate, I am past president of the Seattle Pediatric Dental study club, and I currently sit on two boards – The Washington Oral Health Foundation (the dental foundation of the WSDA) and the Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Executive Board. I also serve as a Seattle-King County Dental Champion for the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program, a state program designed to assist the underserved with accessing dental care.”
A Kids Place Dentistry is at 2617 California SW, 206-933-5437, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can request an appointment online via the A Kids Place Dentistry website, akidsplacedentistry.com.
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