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Catonsville Office, Smiles4children, 1134 North Rolling Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228
Ellicott City Office, Smiles4children, 10045 Baltimore Nat'l Pike, Suite A-1, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Eldersburg Office, Smiles4children, 5961 Exchange Dr., Suite 116, Eldersburg, MD 21784


Pediatric Dentistry

Why choose a Pediatric Dentist? "We are The Big Authority on Little Teeth" Pediatric dentists deal exclusively with infants and children and have advanced knowledge of the particulars of childhood dental disease. After dental school, they received two to three years of additional training, including pediatrics, anesthesia, pharmacology and child psychology.

Our doctors are specialty trained to care for the the oral health and dental development of infants, children, adolescents, and special needs patients. Attuned by nature and by training of the various stages of a child's oral and psychological development, the pediatric dentist is to dentistry what the pediatrician is to medicine.

Our practice is dedicated to the long-term oral health of your child. We accomplish this goal by getting children involved and excited about the care of their teeth. We talk to parents about the special things they can do at home to help. Lastly, we gently treat the problems that do occur and work to prevent new ones from happening. 

The First Visit

Welcome to the wonderful world of pediatric dentistry and our dental practice designed specifically for children! We want you and your child to experience a lifetime of optimal oral health, and positive dental experiences.

In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics our office recommends that you schedule your child’s first dental visit by his/her first birthday. More than 1 in 4 children in the U.S. have cavities by the time they are 4 years of age. The earlier we begin dental care, the greater the chance of preventing dental problems. To prevent the development of early childhood cavities, parents need to find out their child’s risk of developing cavities, learn how to manage diet, oral hygiene and fluoride to prevent problems before they start.

Before the first visit, a health questionnaire and patient information form will be mailed to your home. You will bring this with you to your first appointment. These forms will be reviewed with you and the doctor at your child’s visit.

On your child’s first visit we will ………

  • Examine your child’s teeth and gums. Often due to age and behavior a “knee to knee
    examination “will take place so that your child feels you close by, on your lap, while
    we examine and provide treatment for your child.

  • Clean your child’s teeth and apply a topical fluoride.

  • Discuss your child’s overall oral health including; growth and development, teething,
    pacifier and sucking habits, cavity risk factors, trauma and accident prevention.

  • Discuss feeding habits by nursing, bottle-feeding, and/or the use of sippy cups.

  • Demonstrate to both the parents and the child how to properly clean your child’s teeth.

  • Take x-rays if necessary.

  • Make recommendations about daily home care including hygiene, diet, and fluoride use

  • Review follow-up recall schedule.

  • Answer any questions you may have and discuss any treatment needs for your child.

Our goal is to have this visit be as positive as possible. Fussing or crying is age appropriate behavior for some children and does not determine a positive or negative experience.

We encourage parent’s presence during our visits, but we ask that you allow our staff to establish a rapport with your child to gain his/her trust and confidence. We ask that you are a “silent observer” during the visit so that your child can concentrate on our kind, gentle, and non-threatening instructions.

Preparation for this visit should include simple and positive explanations of the visit. Please refrain from using words and phrases like: pain, shot, drill, needle, cavity, and “it won’t hurt.”

Explain that going to the dentist is natural, and fun, and an important part of maintaining good health. If you have any questions regarding the visit, just ask one of our staff members, or tell your child to ask the dentist.



As parents and as practitioners, we understand emergencies and accidents happen with children. Often times, they occur when the parent is not present. Please take a moment to remain calm, evaluate your child's accident prior to calling the office. This way we will be better able to access the individual needs for your child.

Please call our office as soon after an accident as possible. If needed, we will see your child immediately.

We will do our best to accommodate an injured child. In doing so, our daily schedule may be delayed. Please accept our apologies ahead of time should this occur during your appointment. Understand we will do exactly the same if your child is ever in need of emergency care.


As needed during all examinations we will discuss your child's...

  • brushing, flossing, and home care

  • preventive and restorative treatment needs

  • growth and development

  • need for an orthodontic and/or other specialty evaluations


smiles4children voted
Top Pediatric Dentist 2011 (second year in a row)! 

smiles4children voted
Top Pediatric Dentist 2010! 
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Our Doctors:
Edward L. Ginsberg, D.D.S.
Rachael L. Simon, D.D.S.
Deven V. Shroff, D.M.D.
Choti Jahnigen, D.D.S.

Nathinee Jaiarj, D.D.S.

Rebecca Turner, D.D.S.

Catonsville Office:
1134 North Rolling Rd.
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: (410) 788-4555
Fax:   (410) 744-0142

Eldersburg Office:
5961 Exchange Dr., Suite 116
Eldersburg, MD 21784
Phone: (410) 549-1212

Ellicott City Office:
10045 Baltimore Nat'l Pike, Suite A-1
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Phone: (410) 203-2410
Fax:   (410) 203-9227

*Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
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