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Kent Island Pediatric Dentistry

Oct 17, 2014 12:04PM ● By Cate Reynolds
 Dr. Margaret C. McGrath, one of this year’s top dentists, is a board certified pediatric dentist providing all aspects of dental care for children ages 0-18 years. Dr. McGrath opened Kent Island Pediatric Dentistry in Stevensville almost five years ago and has really enjoyed practicing on the Eastern Shore and being involved in the local community.

Most children hear the word dentist and want to run! We understand this and have done our best to make the atmosphere at Kent Island Pediatric Dentistry warm, friendly and inviting for children (and parents too!). The goal of the entire staff is to make each child’s visit to our office enjoyable and fun. This is especially true for a child’s first visit. We are often told how children who never would set foot in a dentist’s office without a scene, somehow become excited to come back to see us. Even the most reluctant children find themselves leaving our office with a positive experience that they will remember and build upon.

Dr. McGrath’s training includes having earned both her undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She obtained her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry from Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, in conjunction with Yale University School of Medicine. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Additionally, she has worked and volunteered for organizations that promote access to dental care including the Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy. Dr. McGrath is on the medical staff at both Anne Arundel Medical Center and Shore Health System at Chestertown where extensive dental cases are performed in the hospital setting.

 We are excited to introduce Dr. Karen Benitez, who we welcomed to our office this spring. Dr. Benitez completed her dental school education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and then completed two advanced dental training programs in New York City. She first completed a General Practice Residency at Jacobi Medical Center and then completed her pediatric specialty training at St. Barnabas Hospital. Dr. Benitez is also a board certified Pediatric Dentist. Dr. Benitez shares a similar practice philosophy and has been a wonderful addition to our team. She often can be heard singing to her patients and telling jokes to lighten the atmosphere!

Both Dr. McGrath and Dr. Benitez pride themselves in providing high quality care, and ensuring that all children leave the office having had a pleasant experience, whether it is for a cleaning or more extensive treatment. They have a very friendly and outgoing staff who go out of their way to ensure the children have a positive experience at the dentist. We would be happy to help your child enjoy the dentist too! Give us a call today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Lane Building
160 Sallitt Drive, Suite 106
Stevensville, MD


Q. Should I be concerned if my child grinds their teeth at night?

A. Nearly half of all my patients under the age of six show signs that they grind their teeth. Some parents find it disturbing to hear their child grinding their teeth in their sleep and ask me what they should do to stop it. While it is really not as big of a problem for kids as it is for adults, it is still proper to bring your child to a dentist so that their teeth are checked. Children normally outgrow their teeth grinding habits.

Dr. Maggie McGrath, Kent Island Pediatric Dentistry