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How to Make Brushing Teeth Fun Infographic

Dealing with a fussy brusher? Utilize this infographic to turn brushing from a chore into playtime! Read more here!

5 Reasons a Healthier Smile Matters

Though we know it's important that our kids maintain good oral health, it can be challenging to sustain healthy habits when we repeatedly struggle to get our kids to brush their teeth, or when we face resistance upon announcing it's time for a first trip to the dentist. Yet, the effort we make to afford our kids healthier smiles really does matter. Why? Consider the top 5 reasons we believe good pediatric oral health is essential. Read more here!

A Simple Guide to Preparing Your Child for Braces

Braces have become a lot more common over the past few decades, and now caring for them is much easier than it was. Despite this, you still have to make sure that your child is ready, and they will be if you take the following advice to heart when getting braces at A Safari Dental. Read more here!

Make Your Child's First Dental Visit a Painless Memory

To most adults a trip to the dentist is nothing out of the ordinary, but to a child it can be a very stressful and scary thing. Maybe your child heard one of their friends talking about how they had a painful trip to the dentist. Read more here!

5 Ways to Make Brushing Teeth Fun for Kids

Is your child less than thrilled about the thought of brushing his or her teeth? For many young children, the morning and bedtime rituals of brushing teeth are met with little enthusiasm and often outright resistance. However, brushing teeth twice a day as a young child instills important habits and sets the stage for proper dental health for years to come. Communicating why brushing our teeth is important often isn’t enough to make a child more motivated about this activity; instead, parents can more successfully change attitudes by making teeth brushing fun for their children. How so? Consider the following 5 tips. Read more here!

See For Yourself Why Parents and Kids Love A Safari Dental: Our Video Blog

For over 7 years now, young patients and their parents in the New Port Richey, Florida area have turned to A Safari Dental for exceptional, individualized pediatric dental care. Thanks to Dr. Frank and his staff’s commitment to quality service and a kid-friendly environment, our patients have found numerous reasons to keep coming back. Just what makes A Safari Dental so special? Find out by reading more about our commitment to dental education, a comforting atmosphere and comprehensive services.Read more here!

Finding Friendly Service at A Safari Dental

When most people think of dentists, their minds are quickly filled with large dental chairs, local anesthetic, and exaggerated dental equipment. While it may be true that oral dental procedures can be intimidating, dentists themselves often receive a bad reputation. Dental professionals provide a much needed service to improve the health and quality of living for their patients. The experts at A Safari Dental in New Port Richey, Fl, take an even greater step in putting the fear of dentists to shame – providing community service to schools and families in the surrounding area. Read more here!

5 Common Kids’ Myths About the Dentist

Going to the dentist can be a frightening thought for many young patients, especially for those that plan to visit the dentist for the first time. The uncertainty of what a check-up entails and the fear of an unfamiliar face can prompt an array of questions inspired by unfortunate, yet popular myths. Your child may express concern about experiencing pain, being intimidated by staff or fear of an unexpected dental procedure.

If you’ve noticed your child is anxious about his or her visit to the dentist, it may be helpful to communicate why the following 5 common myths about the dentist are not to be believed. Read more here!

Why A Safari Dental is the BEST Choice for Your Child’s Dental and Orthodontic Care

The right dental care can transform your child’s appearance, health and self-esteem. When choosing a dental and orthodontics care provider for your child, turn to a practice you know you can trust. At A Safari Dental, we’ve been winning the praise and respect of our young patients for years. Why is A Safari Dental the absolute best choice for your child? Let us tell you!

Qualified Care

A Safari Dental provides care from an exceptionally qualified dentist.  Dr. Frank Pettinato II is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist who holds a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Dr. Pettinato went on to continue his education at the prestigious Medical College of Virginia, where he simultaneously earned his Certificate of Specialty Training in Pediatric Dentistry and Master of Science Degrees, the first dentist to ever do so. In addition, Dr. Pettinato belongs to a number of esteemed professional organizations, including the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Dental Association, and American Orthodontic Society, and has had his work published in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Journal. With his outstanding qualifications and years of professional work, Dr. Pettinato brings unparalleled knowledge and experience to his practice. Read more here!

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Dr. Frank Pettinato II
  • Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
  • Masters in Science Degree
  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry