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Pediatric dentist Jonathan Shenkin attacks tooth decay the fun way

from Morning Sentinel

Arcade games, teddy bears, televisions and hobby horses are as common as patient chairs, digital X-ray equipment, dental instruments and baskets of toothbrushes at Augusta Pediatric Dentistry. "We create an environment that is friendly and hospitable to kids and not as clinical," said dentist Jonathan Shenkin. One of 12 pediatric dentists in Maine, Shenkin recently expanded his practice to a satellite office in Waterville. Two pediatric dentists have practices farther north in Brewer and Bangor. There's a need for pediatric care, according to the May 2011 report "The State of Children's Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter," by The Pew Center On The States. Tooth decay, according to the report, is the most common disease of childhood; it is five times more common than asthma. more

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