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Pediatric Dental Specialists

Oct 17, 2014 04:34PM ● By Cate Reynolds
 Do your kids get excited to go to the dentist? Our pediatric dental patients do! At Pediatric Dental Specialists, Drs. Tull, Behling and Decere, along with their entire staff, welcome your children with their friendly smiles into their warm and comfortable environment. Kids love to climb on the playhouse in the waiting room. State-of-the-art video games are ready to be played and movies in the treatment rooms are ready to be watched. All these fun things make it very easy for kids to forget that they are at the dentist.

It isn’t all fun and games though; Drs. Tull, Behling and Decere are there to provide comprehensive care using the latest cutting-edge technologies for their young patients. In addition to the general pediatric dental care that all three doctors provide, Dr. Tull provides top-notch orthodontic care. This has been a passion of his for the past 30 years.—and his presence is a wonderful perk to this unique practice because if your child needs orthodontic treatment you have the option of staying within the same practice and not having to start with someone new.

Why should a parent choose a Pediatric Dentist over a General Dentist? A pediatric patient not only has a different dentition than adults, he/she may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child. When choosing a pediatric dentist you are getting a dentist who not only completes their four years of dental school, but then goes on to get certified with an additional two- to three-year specialized internship in Pediatric Dentistry. Drs. Tull and Behling are both board certified and completed their specialized residencies at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Dr. Decere completed hers at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Please visit our website to learn more about the practice or stop by our Arnold office.

To become a patient of Pediatric Dental Specialists, Call 410-757-KIDS (5437).

Arnold Executive Center
1507 Ritchie Highway, Arnold, MD
410-757-5437 |


Q. At what age should my child have their first dental visit?

A. Similar to the establishment of a “medical home”, finding a “dental home” is just as critical. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive care and routine oral health care. Our practice follows the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation that a child’s first visit should occur six months after the first tooth erupts, or by age 1. This first visit allows the dentist the opportunity to provide guidance to families on a variety of topics, including oral hygiene, diet, and fluoride.

Michelle Decere, DMD, Pediatric Dental Specialists