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Meet our team

WE ARE ALL HERE TO HELP YOU

Dr. Javier F. Girardot

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. John R. Smith

Orthodontist

Our Office

At Orlando Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we provide individualized care oriented towards your child’s age and maturity level. We focus on developing trust and confidence with your child and strive to make each dental appointment a fun and positive experience. Our offices include state-of-the-art equipment, comfortable and spacious rooms, and a courteous staff that attends to your child in a gentle and enthusiastic manner.

Our Doctors are specialists in their fields. In addition to providing dental services in the office,  Dr. Girardot can provide dental treatment in a hospital setting for children that cannot be treated in the office using nitrous oxide and/or IV sedation.   Dr. Girardot has privileges at Florida Hospital and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Our Mission

WHAT’S OUR GOAL

“We are dedicated to providing excellent dental health care for infants, children, and adolescents in a caring and gentle environment to give them a lifetime of beautiful smiles and a positive dental experience”

Our friendly, caring, knowledgeable team of professionals is eagerly waiting to address your child’s needs. Our goal is to deliver the best possible dental care while showing that there is nothing to be afraid of when coming to the dentist. We are committed to educating you and your child in maintaining a healthy and happy smile.

Services We Offer

Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Girardot is a caring Pediatric Dentist who specializes in dental care for infants, children, teens, adolescents, and those with special needs. Parents and kids love his friendly and calm personality. He welcomes new patients.

Pediatric Dentistry Services
  • Regular Check-ups
  • Teeth Cleanings
  • Fluoride
  • Sealants
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Space Maintenance
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • I.V Sedation
  • General Anesthesia
  • Emergency Dental Care

Orthodontic Services

Dr. Smith is a trusted orthodontist who strives to deliver high quality orthodontic care for children, teens, adolescents, and adults by utilizing the latest orthodontic advances. He addresses each individual’s needs and concerns, and presents treatment accordingly.

Orthodontic Services
  • Braces for Children
  • Braces for Teens
  • Braces for Adults
  • Lingual Braces
  • Insignia Braces
  • Inspire Ice™ Clear Braces
  • Damon® System Braces
  • Invisalign®
  • Invisalign Teen®

Convenient and Caring

Our friendly and caring staff look forward to seeing your child. Our office is located in Baldwin Park  and convenient appointment are available. We are accepting new patients.

Dental Insurance Providers

MOST PPO PLANS ACCEPTED, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LISTED BELOW

Cigna Dental

Delta Dental

Ameritas Group

Principal Finance Group

TheStandard

Reliance Standard

DHA

Assurant Health

Aetna

Humana

Compbenefits

Met Life

United Health Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida

MCNA Dental Plans

Careington

Guardian

United Concordia

Lincoln Financial Group

Dentemax

Contact Us

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907 Outer Road Suite A

Orlando, FL 32814

Ph. 407-898-5437

Fax 407-898-5576

Email info@orlandopediatricdentistry.com

Office Hours

Mon to Thr: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri: 8:30am – 12:00pm

Ms. Lynette Williams

“A people person!” best describes Lynette’s personality. From parents to staff, everyone loves Lynette’s demeanor and friendly smile. Lynette is committed to providing excellent customer service.

She grew up in Wewahitchka Fla , a small town located near Panama City. After a career in banking and a 20 year financial background, she relocated to Orlando.

Lynette says: “In 2007, I moved to Orlando to begin an exciting career of managing Orlando Pediatric Dentistry. Since arriving here, the staff has become like family. I have 2 dogs, a husky named Lobo and a miniature yorkie named Sugar. When I am not working I enjoy traveling, trying new cuisines, meeting new people, and spending time with family and friends.”

Dr. Roshni Patel

Born in Houston, Dr. Patel’s family moved to Lakeland, FL when she was age of 3. Dr. Patel was admitted into the honors combined BS/DMD program at the University of Florida. This allowed her to receive both her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees in seven years.

Dr. Patel continued her specialty education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she completed her pediatric dental residency. During this time, She had the opportunity to serve as chief resident. After completing her residency, she practiced in Jacksonville for three years.

Dr. Patel is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and the Dental Society of Greater Orlando.

Dr. Patel says: “I am an avid fan of the University of Florida, GO GATORS! Recently I have grown to love Pure Barre workouts. When I am not at the studio or gym, I enjoy traveling, reading and cooking. I am thrilled to be back in Central Florida, which is closer to my parents who still reside in Lakeland.”

Early Infant Dental Care

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first dental exam?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. (www.aapd.org)

How often should my child see the dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.  (www.aapd.org)

When should I start cleaning my child’s teeth? Is it ok using toothpaste on my child and what kind should I use?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop and perform or assist your child’s tooth brushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively.  Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.  If your child is unable to spit the toothpaste, wipe it off with a small towel or gauze. (www.aapd.org)

Can nursing cause decay? If so, how can I prevent it?

Nursing can cause decay. Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth. Take your child to a pediatric dentist regularly to have his/her teeth and gums checked. The first dental visit should be scheduled by your child’s first birthday. (www.aapd.org)

What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

You can clean his/her teeth with water and a washcloth, a finger toothbrush or a child’s toothbrush with soft bristles. Either one of these options will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.

Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits bad for my child’s teeth?

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, talk to your pediatric dentist to look at different options to address the habit. (www.aapd.org)

Adolescent Dental Care

Can my teenager use whitening products for his/her teeth?

Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help your teenager improve the look of your teenager’s smile. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily brushing and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, but if your teenager decides they would like to go beyond this to make their smile look brighter, speak to your teenager’s pediatric dentist to learn about all whitening options. (www.mouthhealthy.org)

Are tobacco products harmful to teeth?

Smoking is bad in general, so it should be no surprise that all forms of tobacco are also harmful to your oral health. For one, they can cause bad breath, but that’s only the beginning. Other possible oral health impacts include: stained teeth and tongue, dulled sense of taste and smell, slow healing after a tooth extraction or oral surgery, difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems, gum disease, tooth loss, and/or oral cancer.

Is grinding harmful to my teenager’s teeth?

Teeth grinding (bruxism) can be caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. The symptoms of teeth grinding include: dull headaches, jaw soreness, teeth that are painful or loose, and/or fractured teeth. If you’re concerned about your teenager’s teeth grinding, ask your teenager’s pediatric dentist about the potential causes and, if necessary, the possible solutions. (www.mouthhealthy.org)

Prevention

How can I prevent tooth decay on my child?

Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits. (www.aapd.org)

Can nursing cause decay? If so, how can I prevent it?

Nursing can cause decay. Avoid nursing children to sleep or putting anything other than water in their bed-time bottle. Also, learn the proper way to brush and floss your child’s teeth. Take your child to a pediatric dentist regularly to have his/her teeth and gums checked. The first dental visit should be scheduled by your child’s first birthday. (www.aapd.org)

When should I start cleaning my child’s teeth? Is it ok using toothpaste on my child and what kind should I use?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop and perform or assist your child’s tooth brushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively.  Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.  If your child is unable to spit the toothpaste, wipe it off with a small towel or gauze. (www.aapd.org)

What is fluoride and how does it help my child?

Fluoride is a mineral that helps fight tooth decay. It is found in public water supplies, toothpaste and many other dental products. Fluoride helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay can be seen. Research shows that fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities. When you brush your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste, or use other fluoride dental products, you are preventing cavities and strengthening his/her teeth’s enamel. (www.mouthhealthy.org)

How do I prevent bad breath (halitosis) in my child?

It is very important to brush your child’s teeth, gums, and tongue, and floss every day. We do not recommend that children or teenagers use alcohol-based mouth rinses. Bad breath can also be seen in children with allergies, asthma, sinus infections, or gastrointestinal problems. If you are addressing your child’s dental health and the bad breath is still present, we recommend you have your child be seen by their pediatrician to address the primary cause.

What are dental sealants?

Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years. (www.aapd.org)

Is chewing gum good for my child’s teeth?

Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. In the other hand, Chewing gum with sugar is bad for your child’s teeth. Look for chewing gum with the ADA seal because you can be sure it’s sugarless. (www.mouthhealthy.org)

Are gummy vitamins, fruit snacks, fruit roll-ups or any other sticky snacks bad for my child’s teeth?

Gummy Vitamins, Fruit Snacks, Fruit Roll-ups and sticky snacks such as raisins and/or dried fruit are not healthy for your child’s teeth. They contain sugar and because of their texture, they stick to the teeth and remain in your child’s teeth for long periods of time. The daily intake of these items, coupled with the amount of sugar and stickiness, can cause cavities. A few options to replace these are items are as follows: For gummy vitamins, try to look for sugar-free gummy vitamins. If unable, try to replace them with children’s liquid vitamins or chewable vitamins. For Fruit Snacks and Fruit Roll ups, try to replace them with providing your child with actual fruits in their diet. (Orlando Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics)

General Topics

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. (www.aapd.org)

Why are baby (primary) teeth so important?

Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. (www.aapd.org)

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first dental exam?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. (www.aapd.org)

How often should my child see the dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.  (www.aapd.org)

Why does my child grind at night? Is this a problem?

It is very important to brush your child’s teeth, gums, and tongue, and floss every day. We do not recommend that children or teenagers use alcohol-based mouth rinses. Bad breath can also be seen in children with allergies, asthma, sinus infections, or gastrointestinal problems. If you are addressing your child’s dental health and the bad breath is still present, we recommend you have your child be seen by their pediatrician to address the primary cause.

Why does my child grind at night? Is this a problem?

Children exhibit teeth grinding very commonly. Children’s bites are very flexible and subject to changes as they grow. Occasionally, children will exhibit an abnormal bite causing them to grind because of the placement of their teeth. Grinding can also be observed at times of stress/anxiety. A lot of children will stop grinding once their six-year permanent molars erupt. Their permanent teeth bite begins to establish itself once those molars erupt. Grinding in children usually does not cause any damage. (www.aapd.org)

How do I prevent bad breath (halitosis) in my child?

There can be many causes for bad breath: Food, gum disease, dry mouth, smoking/tobacco, and medical conditions such as allergies, asthma, sinus/lung infections, diabetes, and/or gastrointestinal problems. Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating gum disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath. Brush twice a day and clean between your teeth daily with floss. Brush your tongue, too. Mouthwashes can help too. We recommend to use an alcohol-free rinse for your child. If your child’s dental health is being addressed, we recommend you talk to their pediatrician to evaluate other causes. (www.mouthhealthy.org)

What can you do to help my child be comfortable during his/her dental visits?

Our goal is always to provide excellent dental care in the most enthusiastic and gentle manner so that you child always has a positive experience. Our staff has special training in helping children feel secure during dental treatment. We use different techniques in the office such as “Tell-Show-Do”, “Modeling”, and “Praise” techniques. We present dental treatment in different ways based on the age of the patient. For dental treatment we provide topical and local anesthetics, nitrous oxide, in-office IV sedation with an anesthesiologist (deep conscious sedation), or general anesthesia (Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital or Florida Hospital). Our pediatric dentists will recommend the best way to attend to your child depending on their needs. (Orlando Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics)

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)” section. Please scroll on the left categories where you will find many of the questions parents asks us. Of course, you are more than welcome to call our office and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have!!

First dental visit by age 1!

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the first dental visit should by age 1 or within 6 months after eruption of the 1st tooth.

Dentistry for children that are anxious and fearful, medically compromised, and/or special needs!

Dr. Chaudhry and Dr. Girardot are specialists in providing dental care for the medically and developmentally compromised and disabled patients. We can provide treatment in the office with nitrous oxide and/or IV sedation, or in the hospital under general anesthesia.

You are welcome to accompany your child in our treatment areas!

While most children do well for dental treatment without the presence of a parent, we feel that some children may need the added assurance of a parent accompanying them during their dental visit. For that reason, we allow parents in our treatment areas.

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Dr. John R. Smith

Dr. Smith has been an orthodontist in Central Florida for 34 years creating over 18,000 beautiful smiles. While his primary passion is caring for his patients, he lectures internationally on a variety of orthodontic topics. He is a graduate of the University of Florida 71’s (BS Degree), Emory University 75’s (DDS Degree with highest honor) and the University of Washington 77’s (MSD Degree in Orthodontics).

Dr. Javier F. Girardot

Dr. Javier F. Girardot was born in Colombia, South America. At the age of 12, he moved to the US and grew up in Boca Raton, FL. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University. He continued his studies and received a degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University-College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Javier was awarded the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Certificate of Merit Award for his involvement and passion for pediatric dentistry and he was inducted into OKU, the Dental Honor Society. Dr. Javier completed his pediatric dentistry residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where he served as chief resident during his last year.

Dr. Girardot is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and the Dental Society of Greater Orlando.

Dr. Javier and his wife, Crystal, live in Baldwin Park along with their five-pound yorkie, Missy. They enjoy cooking, going to the movies, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Javier enjoys football and basketball and likes to cheer for the Miami Heat, Miami Hurricanes, and Miami Dolphins.