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A Safari Of Smiles

5 of 5 stars 13 Reviews

Because we Specialize in Children
4427 Rowan Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34653
(727) 834-8585
 
A Safari Dental provides the most comprehensive pediatric dental services to the Trinity / New Port Richey / Odessa / Hudson / Palm Harbor / East Lake / Spring Hill / Tarpon Springs / Holiday areas. Whether your child visits the children's dentist for...read more
A Safari Dental provides the most comprehensive pediatric dental services to the Trinity / New Port Richey / Odessa / Hudson / Palm Harbor / East Lake / Spring Hill / Tarpon Springs / Holiday areas. Whether your child visits the children's dentist for the first time at Safari Dental, you are seeking care following a recent visit to another practitioner or you seek to establish a new place of service for a child used to regular dental visits, we hope you will call us your dental home. Some of the services provided include: INITIAL EXAMINATION As a children's dentist, our doctor is trained to diagnose disease, the examination includes screenings for oral pathology, evaluation of growth and development, orthodontic needs assessment, gum disease evaluation, visual examination for tooth decay, as well as evaluation of any current restorations, concerns or complaints of the patient/parent. Risk factors for disease will be discussed, oral hygiene instruction will be provided and nutritional counseling will also be covered. CLEANING Also known as Dental Prophylaxis, this process removes plaque, a substance formed in the mouth from food, saliva, and bacteria. If present, the cleaning also removes calculus, which is plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface and requires professional instrumentation to remove. In addition, the cleaning helps polish the teeth to make them smooth and remove stains from the teeth. In the cooperative patient, a special dental cup and gritty toothpaste are used to achieve these goals. FLUORIDE Following the cleaning and flossing procedures, fluoride will be applied to your child?s teeth to help maintain the enamel in its strongest condition. The foods we eat and the things we drink can dissolve some of the mineral content out of the enamel, which is the first stage of a three part process in creating a cavity in a tooth. The fluoride reinforces the tooth structure and can actually reverse a small cavity that is present in only the enamel. Fluoride varnish is the treatment of choice in this practice since its effects on the enamel last up to thirty six hours. Varnish is a sticky fluoride application that remains on the tooth throughout the day and is gradually absorbed into the enamel. Because it actually binds to the tooth, the patient can eat or drink immediately following this fluoride application. X-Rays X-rays are a very important part of the diagnosis of dental disease as they allow the dentist to see portions of the mouth that cannot be seen by the eye. These items include decay in between the teeth, tumors or cysts present in the bone or surrounding undeveloped teeth. The radiographs also determine the presence or absence of permanent teeth and their placement. Modern dental radiographs are very safe and the state-of-the-art digital equipment utilized by A Safari of Smiles uses 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays. SEALANTS Sealants are a tough, plastic material designed to stick to the enamel of the tooth in the grooves where food collects. The tooth is prepared with a special cleanser that is quickly applied then rinsed with water. The sealant material is brushed onto the surface of the tooth and dried with a special curing light to make it hard. The process is very similar to applying nail polish to a fingernail and the teeth do not need to be numb. Sealants reduce the risk of cavities forming in these grooves that can be difficult to keep clean. These sealants do not last forever and will need to be replaced as they wear away from the tooth surface. Not all teeth are good candidates for sealants and the doctors will determine which teeth could receive the most benefit from the application. RESTORATIVE PROCEDURES When dental decay has invaded a tooth, various procedures can be used to treat the disease. Some of the procedures include: White Fillings ? A composite (white) filling is a tooth colored material used to fill small cavities in teeth
 
 

Business Details

Categories


Dental Hygienists, Dentists, General Anesthesia & Sedation Dentists, Orthodontics Dentists, Pediatrics Dentists

Hours of Operation

  • Mon 08:00 AM-06:30 PM
  • Tue 08:00 AM-06:30 PM
  • Wed 08:00 AM-06:30 PM
  • Thu 08:00 AM-06:30 PM
  • Fri 08:00 AM-06:30 PM
  • Sat 08:30 AM-02:30 PM

Additional Information

  • A Safari Dental

In Business Since

  • 2007

Customers Served

  • Residential, Commercial, Industrial

Emergency Service

  • Emergency service available

Products & Services

  • Accepting New Patients
  • Anxiety Free Dentistry
  • Bonding Treatments
  • Braces
  • Check-Ups
  • More
  • Children Welcome
  • Children's Dentistry
  • Crowns
  • Dental Sealants
  • Dental Service Plans
  • Dentistry
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Drop-In & Emergency Care
  • Endodontics
  • Extractions
  • Family Discounts
  • Fillings
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • General Dentistry
  • Military Discounts
  • Most Insurance Accepted
  • New Patient Discounts
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Parking
  • Payment Plans
  • Pediatrics
  • Preventive Care
  • Referrals
  • Restoration
  • Root Canals
  • Same Day Appointments
  • Sealants
  • Sedation Dentistry
  • Senior Discounts
  • Sliding Scale Avail, Cash Discount Avail
  • Teeth Cleaning
  • Warranties & Guarantees
  • White Fillings A composite (white) filling is a tooth colored material used to fill small cavities in teeth. These fillings match the color of tooth structure and are very attractive. They require the most minimal tooth preparation, so less healthy tooth structure is removed. These fillings are the material of choice in this practice when the decayed tooth meets the proper criteria for their placement. These fillings do require more careful attention to home care (diet and hygiene, particularly flossing) than amalgam fillings (silver) or stainless steel crowns (silver caps). Many insurance companies do not pay for the increased cost of these fillings and the parent will be responsible for an increased expense.
  • X-Rays
  • Less

Specialties

  • Pediatric Dentistry

Payment Options

  • Discover
  • Financing Available
  • MasterCard
  • Personal Checks
  • VISA

Certification & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association
  • American Orthodontic Society
  • Former Part- time Faculty at Dental School
  • Pasco County Dental Resource Officer
  • Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • More
  • Specialist in Children and Teenagers
  • Tampa Bay Pediatric Dental Study Club
  • Less

Areas Served

  • Pasco

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
 
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5 of 5 stars
Jun 4, 2014
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
My children ask me when we are going back to the dentist whenever we see his billboard, it makes me me feel so knowing I made the right choice in choosing the right dentist. They are all so kind and helpful and the whole office is child friendly lik... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Jan 19, 2014
by anonymous
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
i.e., A local favoWe have gone to Dr. Pettinato for 8 years and every experience is wonderful. My daughter loves going and reminds me every 6 months that it's time to go back. My son confidently hops in the seat for his cleaning. They allow paren... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Jul 26, 2012
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
Awesome place, friendly and professional staff, their performance is so precise, children never have a chance to realize whats going on. I was impressed, my son David had a few things done in his mouth and he did not even know. I highly recommend th... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Jun 15, 2011
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
I love them. The practice is really great and it is easy to make an appointment they always get me right in. My son looks forward to going there.
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5 of 5 stars
Jun 4, 2011
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
I am so happy I found safari of smiles. The safari dentist was gentle and explained everything. The office was very clean, pretty busy but they said it gets like that in the afternoons. My son had an extra tooth coming in and so he needed it pulled.... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
May 22, 2011
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
I am super impressed with A Safari Of Smiles. I had an emergency on a Sunday and called every dentist possible finally my pediatrician recommeded them. I was shocked when someone answered the phone and even paged the doctor for me. I was in the offi... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
May 21, 2011
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
Loved it. Fun child centered dentist office. I really like my dentist but it is set up for adults, I bring my son to a pediatrician so I thought a childrens dentist would make Neal more comfortable. I was right, they have TV in the ceilings in the r... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
May 18, 2011
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
A great experience. Dr Petinato is so friendly and the hygienist made my 5 year old son so comfortable. The office is so clean and has video games and a prize tower so the children can get a toy afterwards (sooo cute). I loved it and keep coming bac... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
May 12, 2011
by Guest35138
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
Loved the office and doctor. Amazingly clean and high tech. Would recommend to all I know. Wish my dentist was that nice when I was a kid.
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5 of 5 stars
Mar 18, 2011
by Guest37523
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
Can't say enough about safari of smiles! My kids can't wait to go back. Everyone is patient, kind and caring. Thorough exam and explanation of any concerns. Very kid-friendly and parent-friendly.
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5 of 5 stars
Jul 13, 2009
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
Great place to bring your little ones! Super nice and caring staff. Treated my kids very well. They took the time to explain everything they were doing. They call to check up on the little ones after procedure. They also have a great waiting room fo... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
Mar 12, 2008
by Guest41016
business
A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
I'd highly recommend Dr. Safari. They have a really comforting office, state of the art equipment, and everyone who works there is so friendly and helpful. Dr. Safari not only knows what she's talking about, but she is so great at explaining everyth... (More)
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A Safari Of Smiles 4427 Rowan Rd,
New Port Richey, FL 34653
USA
The best decision I ever made!
My daughter used to be afraid of the dentist, but now she loves it!! Thanks to Dr Pettinato and his great staff.
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A Safari Dental provides the most comprehensive pediatric dental services to the Trinity / New Port Richey / Odessa / Hudson / Palm Harbor / East Lake / Spring Hill / Tarpon Springs / Holiday areas. Whether your child visits the children's dentist for the first time at Safari Dental, you are seeking care following a recent visit to another practitioner or you seek to establish a new place of service for a child used to regular dental visits, we hope you will call us your dental home. Some of the services provided include: INITIAL EXAMINATION As a children's dentist, our doctor is trained to diagnose disease, the examination includes screenings for oral pathology, evaluation of growth and development, orthodontic needs assessment, gum disease evaluation, visual examination for tooth decay, as well as evaluation of any current restorations, concerns or complaints of the patient/parent. Risk factors for disease will be discussed, oral hygiene instruction will be provided and nutritional counseling will also be covered. CLEANING Also known as Dental Prophylaxis, this process removes plaque, a substance formed in the mouth from food, saliva, and bacteria. If present, the cleaning also removes calculus, which is plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface and requires professional instrumentation to remove. In addition, the cleaning helps polish the teeth to make them smooth and remove stains from the teeth. In the cooperative patient, a special dental cup and gritty toothpaste are used to achieve these goals. FLUORIDE Following the cleaning and flossing procedures, fluoride will be applied to your child?s teeth to help maintain the enamel in its strongest condition. The foods we eat and the things we drink can dissolve some of the mineral content out of the enamel, which is the first stage of a three part process in creating a cavity in a tooth. The fluoride reinforces the tooth structure and can actually reverse a small cavity that is present in only the enamel. Fluoride varnish is the treatment of choice in this practice since its effects on the enamel last up to thirty six hours. Varnish is a sticky fluoride application that remains on the tooth throughout the day and is gradually absorbed into the enamel. Because it actually binds to the tooth, the patient can eat or drink immediately following this fluoride application. X-Rays X-rays are a very important part of the diagnosis of dental disease as they allow the dentist to see portions of the mouth that cannot be seen by the eye. These items include decay in between the teeth, tumors or cysts present in the bone or surrounding undeveloped teeth. The radiographs also determine the presence or absence of permanent teeth and their placement. Modern dental radiographs are very safe and the state-of-the-art digital equipment utilized by A Safari of Smiles uses 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays. SEALANTS Sealants are a tough, plastic material designed to stick to the enamel of the tooth in the grooves where food collects. The tooth is prepared with a special cleanser that is quickly applied then rinsed with water. The sealant material is brushed onto the surface of the tooth and dried with a special curing light to make it hard. The process is very similar to applying nail polish to a fingernail and the teeth do not need to be numb. Sealants reduce the risk of cavities forming in these grooves that can be difficult to keep clean. These sealants do not last forever and will need to be replaced as they wear away from the tooth surface. Not all teeth are good candidates for sealants and the doctors will determine which teeth could receive the most benefit from the application. RESTORATIVE PROCEDURES When dental decay has invaded a tooth, various procedures can be used to treat the disease. Some of the procedures include: White Fillings ? A composite (white) filling is a tooth colored material used to fill small cavities in teeth