Dr. Collins, Bross and Associates Pediatric Dentistry
Oct 17, 2014 02:36PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
Dr. Collins says, “Preventative dentistry is our primary focus. We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and are well prepared to see children at age 1.” Being specialized in pediatric dentistry requires a dentist to receive two to three years of additional training and understand the psychology behind children’s fears of going to the dentist.
Dr. Collins has been in operation for 24 years and is very proud of her team. The practice only hires those who have a strong passion for kids, which Dr. Collins says is what makes the practice so successful. In fact, the practice has four board-certified pediatric dentists to ensure timely care of all patients concerns. She goes on to say that every single staff member in the office carries the same caring philosophy. “Some people who have worked here are now gone, but the new staff members are just as excited and happy to be here as the staff member who has been here 15 years. They all give the same level of care and love.” It is for this reason that Dr. Bross, who recently became partner, has fit in so well with the practice for the past four years. He shares the same philosophies and commitment upheld by the practice for more than two decades.
Dr. Collins and her associates understand babies, toddlers, and teens alike and are skilled at making all ages feel comfortable. Younger children are examined while sitting on their parent’s lap to help familiarize the child with the dentist’s office. If a child begins to cry, the team is sympathetic and they empower the child by explaining everything at their level. Teens are provided private examining rooms if requested, as many don’t want to be in an open bay area with younger children. When a patient reaches the age of 21, the office aids in the overall transition to a general adult practitioner. One of Dr. Collins’ greatest joys is seeing past patients return with children of their own, which happens quite frequently.
Preventive care is emphasized strongly at the practice. Dr. Collins says, “Prevention in dentistry is crucial and we try to educate our patients about how they can prevent almost any kind of dental problem.” This begins with helping families understand that children need assistance brushing until age 8 and flossing until age 10.
Dr. Collins earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine and Master of Dental Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is constantly named “Top Dentist” by Baltimore, Washingtonian, and What’s Up Annapolis magazines.
Dr. Collins, Bross and Associates Pediatric Dentistry 129 Lubrano Drive, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 410-224-0018 | www.DrCollinsandAssociates.com
Q. Why is flossing so important?
A. Believe it or not, flossing children younger than age 10 is just as important as brushing, if not more important. Seventy-five percent of cavities in children younger than 10 occur between the baby molars, which do not “fall out” until 10 or 12 years of age. The dexterity for flossing is not achieved until age 10. Therefore, we recommend that parents help children floss until then. Eighty percent of cavities on permanent teeth occur on the biting surface, but this can be prevented with sealants.
Dr. Collins, Bross & Associates