It’s a World of Smiles, At World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Michelle Stafford, the owner and founder of World Of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry knew even before completing dental school that she would go on to specialize in kids’ dentistry. She was inspired to become a dentist in the first place after working for her Orthodontist while in high school, and witnessed firsthand the impact he was having on lives of young people. “I wanted to be able to start children off with a positive impression of the dentist from a very young age,” she says, adding, “So much of the fear and anxiety that exists around dentistry for entire generations is easily avoided by starting early, and making it fun!”
How early? Dr. Stafford likes to see kids by age 1, or when their first teeth arrive. This is in line with both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This has as much to do with acclimating kids as it does with educating the parents. Parents can ease their kids into the experience, while learning what to expect about oral health and development, and how to help their kids build strong habits. Establishing a dental home early also proves invaluable when the unexpected happens. Knowing who to call when a tooth is chipped or knocked out provides a lot of peace of mind.
Since it was founded back in 2008, World Of Smiles has continued to grow and evolve. About two years ago, Dr. Stafford noticed that she was running out of room in the schedule for new patients and had to “graduate” kids out of the practice as they reached double digits. The solution seemed obvious! So, in December of 2017, she expanded across the hall to create a Teen office, allowing her patients to remain in the practice for many more years. Dr. Devin Bowyer joined the team as well to provide care for the teen population, and even their parents!
More recently, World Of Smiles welcomed Dr. E. Chioma Onwuka to the practice! She is a board-certified pediatric dentist who recently moved to the area from California. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Onwuka values preventive dentistry as the core of her practice philosophy. For this reason, she strives to build strong relationships with her patients and their families in order to provide adequate oral health education and in turn quality, comprehensive dental care.
World Of Smiles is excited to see what the next ten years will bring! They continue to invest in education and professional advancement for their team in order to bring the best technology and resources to their patient families. As always, they remain committed to inspiring children through a uniquely positive dental experience by creating an atmosphere of imagination, travel and adventure.
For more information, visit us at: www.visitworldofsmiles.com. 11790 SW Barnes Road, Bldg A, Suite 280, Beaverton, (503) 626-9700