Brecksville Kids Dentistry makes going to the Dentist a Fun Adventure
If your child loves camping outdoors or plays with dogs, then Brecksville Kids Dentistry makes going to the dentist a fun adventure. A Bichon Maltese dog greets patients and does double duty as a “dental assistant.” Affectionately called Balto, this certified therapy dog comforts children by putting its chin on the patient’s lap or sitting in the dental chair. It’s all part of the caring, child-centric philosophy of Jennifer Bryk Hechko, DDS. Instead of a clinical feel, there is a log cabin mural in the reception area and a tree-dense forest leading to treatment rooms.
placed over the teeth to cover the yellow spots. I partner with parents to determine the best treatment and encourage them to be an active part in their child’s dental health.” A mother of three young children, Dr. Jen graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and worked in private practice for 14 years.
“By creating a dental adventure, we instill in kids at an early age not to fear going to the dentist,” says Dr. Jen. “We build a foundation of excellent oral health and create a ‘dental home’ where patients feel comfortable.” Here the “drill” is called the “water blaster,” and kids can hold the dental instruments as the staff explains how they work prior to the treatment.
“It’s exciting to be part of the community and bring advanced dental care to children of all ages,” she says.
“This tell-show-do approach educates children and makes them comfortable with dental procedures, and is appreciated by our patients and parents,” says Dr. Jen. Brecksville Kids Dentistry offers preventative checkups, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, crowns, tooth extractions and custom mouth guards. They also offer nitrous oxide and sedation dentistry, as an anesthesiologist comes into the office monthly to provide IV sedation. For cases that require advanced medical care for medically compromised children and special needs adolescents, Dr. Jen belongs to Fairview Hospital and Medina Dental Surgery Center. She recommends that children see a dentist when their first tooth appears or by the age of one. “Preventive checkups are key to good oral health as dental decay is the No. 1 infectious disease,” says Dr. Jen. “I also am an advocate of cosmetic dentistry if it helps a child’s confidence. For patients with enamel hypoplasia, a whitening sealant is Dr. Jen is welcoming new patients!
Brecksville Kids Dentistry is located at 8801 Brecksville Road, Suite 5. Office hours Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and select Fridays by appointment. Call 440-838-5445 or visit www.brecksvillekids.com. 12
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