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Meet the Doctors

Alissa Dragstedt, DMD

Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist


Dr. Alissa Dragstedt is a different kind of dentist. With her child-oriented style and fun personality, she gets children excited about their dental care, helping them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Dr. Dragstedt earned her doctorate at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist—a distinction earned by fewer than three percent of all dentists—and a faculty member at the University of Florida Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Each year, Dr. Dragstedt continues to study the latest advances in pediatric dentistry to ensure she delivers the highest level of care for your children.


Ronda Moore, DDS

Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist


Dr. Ronda Moore was born and raised in Tampa, FL. She attended Duke University in Durham, NC for her undergraduate studies. She then received her dental training at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Following dental school, Dr. Moore completed a two year academic and hospital-based residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Florida where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Moore became board certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2015. Dr. Moore holds a part time position at the University of Florida as Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Moore has a passion for service and for children's dentistry. She serves on a pediatric dental mission trip to Andros, Bahamas with the University of Florida College of Dentistry annually.


Brooke Maryak, MD

Pediatric Anesthesiologist


Dr. Maryak received her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, GA in 2009. She completed her internship and residency in Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL in 2013 where she served as chief resident. Dr. Maryak was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 2014 and completed her Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL in 2015.

She lives in Jacksonville, FL with her husband and 2 beautiful daughters.

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Why Should I Visit a Pediatric Dentist?

With two to three additional years of specialized training after dental school, our dentists are dedicated to providing your children the best care. From infancy through the teenage years, we have the expertise to give not only a great experience to kids, but great care.

Cleanings

Professional Cleanings

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We recommend a complete dental exam, a professional cleaning, and a topical fluoride application at 2 to 3 yrs of age. During this visit we allow extra time for your child to become acquainted with our staff and to inspect our facilities. By proceeding at a reasonable pace and explaining procedures in age appropriate terminology, most fears and anxieties are eliminated.

We evaluate your child's brushing skills and correct any deficiencies. X-rays are not a routine part of our exam, and are only administered when further information is necessary to complete an accurate diagnosis.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends radiographs and examinations every six months for children with a high risk of tooth decay. On average, most pediatric dentists request radiographs approximately once a year. Approximately every 3 years, it is a good idea to obtain a complete set of radiographs, either a panoramic and bitewings or periapicals and bitewings.

Pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of their patients to radiation. With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. The risk is negligible. In fact, the dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. Lead body aprons and shields will protect your child. Today’s equipment filters out unnecessary x-rays and restricts the x-ray beam to the area of interest. High-speed film and proper shielding assure that your child receives a minimal amount of radiation exposure.

Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry

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Laser dentistry is a highly-effective, gentle way to treat gum disease, remove bacteria, and re-contour gum lines. Laser dentistry is a more comfortable, accurate way to produce excellent results.

Pulp Therapy

Pulp Therapy

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Dental caries (cavities) and traumatic injury are the main reasons for a tooth to require pulp therapy. Pulp therapy is often referred to as a "nerve treatment", "children's root canal", "pulpectomy" or "pulpotomy". The two common forms of pulp therapy in children's teeth are the pulpotomy and pulpectomy.

A pulpotomy removes the diseased pulp tissue within the crown portion of the tooth. Next, an agent is placed to prevent bacterial growth and to calm the remaining nerve tissue. This is followed by a final restoration (usually a stainless steel crown).

A pulpectomy is required when the entire pulp is involved (into the root canal(s) of the tooth). During this treatment, the diseased pulp tissue is completely removed from both the crown and root. The canals are cleansed, disinfected and, in the case of primary teeth, filled with a resorbable material. Then, a final restoration is placed. A permanent tooth would be filled with a non-resorbing material.

Advanced Sterilization

Advanced Sterilization

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We offer advanced instrument sterilization, high-level disinfection, and cleaning technologies to help raise the standard of care for our patients by providing by protecting children against three main sources of infection: medical devices, the environment, and human contact.

Emergencies

Dental Emergencies

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Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact your child's dentist. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist during business hours. This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary.

Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist.

Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist.

Severe Blow to the Head: Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.

Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Thumb Sucking

Thumb Sucking

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Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of the permanent teeth can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and tooth alignment. How intensely a child sucks on fingers or thumbs will determine whether or not dental problems may result. Children who rest their thumbs passively in their mouths are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs.

Pacifiers are no substitute for thumb sucking. They can affect the teeth essentially the same way as sucking fingers and thumbs. However, use of the pacifier can be controlled and modified more easily than the thumb or finger habit. If you have concerns about thumb sucking or use of a pacifier, consult your pediatric dentist.

Toothpaste

What Toothpaste?

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Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health. Many toothpastes, and/or tooth polishes, however, can damage young smiles. They contain harsh abrasives, which can wear away young tooth enamel. When looking for a toothpaste for your child, make sure to pick one that is recommended by the American Dental Association as shown on the box and tube. These toothpastes have undergone testing to insure they are safe to use.

Remember, children should spit out toothpaste after brushing to avoid getting too much fluoride. If too much fluoride is ingested, a condition known as fluorosis can occur. If your child is too young or unable to spit out toothpaste, consider providing them with a fluoride free toothpaste, using no toothpaste, or using only a "pea size" amount of toothpaste.

Orthoontics

Orthodontics

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Developing malocclusions, or bad bites, can be recognized as early as 2-3 years of age. Often, early steps can be taken to reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age.

Stage I – Early Treatment: This period of treatment encompasses ages 2 to 6 years. At this young age, we are concerned with underdeveloped dental arches, the premature loss of primary teeth, and harmful habits such as finger or thumb sucking. Treatment initiated in this stage of development is often very successful and many times, though not always, can eliminate the need for future orthodontic/orthopedic treatment.

Stage II – Mixed Dentition: This period covers the ages of 6 to 12 years, with the eruption of the permanent incisor (front) teeth and 6 year molars. Treatment concerns deal with jaw malrelationships and dental realignment problems. This is an excellent stage to start treatment, when indicated, as your child’s hard and soft tissues are usually very responsive to orthodontic or orthopedic forces.

Stage III – Adolescent Dentition: This stage deals with the permanent teeth and the development of the final bite relationship.

Sedation Dentistry

We offer complete options for sedation based on your child’s needs

Nitrous Oxide

This treatment allows your anxious child to relax during treatment and is extremely safe. Your child stays fully conscious and retains natural reflexes.

I.V. Sedation

If your child is very young, apprehensive, or has special needs we recommend I.V. Sedation.

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Alissa Dragstedt, DMD

Ronda Moore, DDS

Board-Certified Pediatric Dentists

231 NW 137th Dr
Jonesville, FL 32669

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