Dentist Lisa Bienstock puts her young patients at ease
Dr. Lisa Bienstock turns a visit to the dental chair into a positive experience for children.
By Kristin Caliendo
North Valley pediatric dentist Lisa Bienstock, DMD, is the sort of doctor that most adults wished had been around when they were kids. With a kind, caring, and compassionate manner, Dr. Bienstock instantly puts not only her young patients at ease, but their parents too.
An Arizona native, Bienstock is as passionate about preparing children for a lifetime of oral health as she is about the state she was born. “The North Valley is just such a rapidly growing and exciting area. When I grew up here, the North Valley was all undeveloped. It was all dirt. It’s really cool to be part of the growth the North Valley is having,” says Bienstock, who has made it her mission to create a positive and comforting dental experience for all area children who come through the door of Every Kid’s Dentist & Orthodontics.
Located on the southwest corner of Third Street and Bell Road, next door to Pei Wei in the Sprouts shopping plaza, Every Kid’s Dentist & Orthodontics offers a calming and relaxing environment for children. Putting children at ease in the dental chair is an important aspect to pediatric dentistry and helps set the stage for a lifetime of good oral health. To do this, Bienstock, and the team behind Every Kid’s Dentist & Orthodontics, incorporate innovative techniques and cutting-edge technology to decrease patient anxiety.
Technique and technology are an integral part of pediatric dentistry and with pint-sized attention spans, it’s important to keep this in mind. “It is so much easier to provide quality treatment when you have the appropriate tools to work with like dental radiographs, intra-oral cameras, and lasers. I actually geek out over some of the new equipment and technology that comes out every day,” says Bienstock.
“I might be biased, but it is not like it was when we were kids. We certainly try to make it more fun for the kids so that they actually love going to the dentist. We only do what you and your child feel(s) comfortable with. Oftentimes, it takes a few ‘happy visits’ to desensitize a child,” says Bienstock, who’ll even make house calls for children with special healthcare needs. “I try to do whatever it takes for a child to have a positive experience.”
Drawn to dentistry from an early age, Bienstock has been fortunate to have many role models to help guide her. “My older brother is a general dentist and he helped me decide that dentistry was the right career choice,” says Bienstock. “However, when I started school, I was not enamored with treating adults––they would sort of blame me if they had cavities. I love kids, so pediatric dentistry was just a natural fit and more rewarding for me.”
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child visit a dentist by age 1 or when the first tooth erupts because cavities have become the most common chronic disease in children. Surprisingly, cavities are actually five times more common than asthma, and seven times more common than hay fever. But, with consistently proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet, cavities are largely preventable.
5 Books to Get Your Child Excited About the Dentist
Dr. Bienstock recommends parents read their kids a few books about going to the dentist prior to an initial dental appointment.
The Tooth Book: A Guide to Health Teeth and Gums
By Edward Miller
Melvin the Magnificent Molar
By Julia Cook
Sugarbug Doug: All About Cavities, Plaque, and Teeth
By Dr. Ben Magleby
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
By Stan Berenstain
The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth
By Jeanette Lane
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