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Dr. Dobbs

Introducing Dr. Dobbs

 

Assiniboine Dental is thrilled to announce that Dr. Tom Dobbs has joined our team.

 

Dr. Dobbs received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. He practiced general dentistry for 2 1/2 years before completing his specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg.

 

He has served on various committees of the Manitoba Dental Association( MDA) and was president of the MDA in 1994.

 

Dr. Dobbs is a Specialist member of the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and member of the Winnipeg Dental Society. He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentist and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

 

Dr. Dobbs enjoys part-time teaching at the Faculty of Dentistry, amateur theater, and hiking.

What Is Pediatric Dentistry?

All general dentists are well trained in pediatric dentistry as part of the regular dental school curriculum and are predominantly taught by pediatric specialists. However, a Pediatric dentist is a dental professional that has completed a specialized course of dentistry that caters to children. Especially children who have special needs or might need gentle care.

 

A Pediatric dentist can treat children from birth right through to college. If a child has unique developmental issues or needs to be seen in a hospital setting due to another medical condition, or just needs a little extra reassurance at the dentist, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to provide that specialized treatment. In addition to prevention and treatment, educating parents and other dental professionals on how best to treat children brings incredible value to any practice.

When and Why Should You Visit a Pediatric Dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that an infant be assessed by a dentist within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth, or by one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth. In most cases, a dental exam every six months will let your child’s dentist catch small problems early. Pediatric dentists have specified training in treating children’s teeth and their development and understand the unique problems that children face, such as cavities and gum problems. They also understand the uniqueness and complexities on how teeth grow and can keep a close eye out on their development for potential problems. Add to that, pediatric dentists also trained to handle the dental experience with children, which can be a frightening experience, in a child-friendly environment.

 

A pediatric dentist is good for parents, too, helping them to understand preventative care –tactics to ensure a lifetime of good dental health.

Let’s start your treatment today.