Although our focus is on the prevention of oral health disease and in the maintenance of optimum oral health, our primary goal is always to try to provide a positive dental experience for our patients. As such, we believe it is vital to create an environment of partnership with parents. Only by working together can we succeed in achieving the best oral health outcomes. We want parents to be involved in all aspects of treatment whenever possible; including allowing parents to be with their children during exams, cleanings, and procedures. We recognize how difficult coming into a dental office can be for children and parents alike. Be aware that at Gators Tooth Team we will never force any procedure; we want parents to be comfortable with our recommendations and enhance your child's dental experience.
At Gators Tooth Team we know that no two children are the same. Therefore, we expect different challenges in each case and are prepared to be flexible. Whenever possible, we will halt treatment at any sign of discomfort and if necessary try again on a different day, find an alternative to the treatment or make particular accommodations for your child. We are willing to go the extra mile to make your child's treatment a success.
As pediatric dental specialists, we are sensitive to parents wishes to limit exposure of potentially harmful substances; therefore we choose our products wisely. For instance, our sealants are BPA free and our cleaning pastes are gluten free. Also, we only use 'white colored' fillings and have the latest in digital x-rays hence limiting your childs exposure to a minimum. In order for us to provide a comprehensive pediatric dental experience for our patients, we also offer use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), IV sedation services, and treatment under general anesthesia.
We are aware of our social responsibility as health care providers. We believe access to oral health is a right and therefore we have made a decision to participate in most government-subsidized dental programs.At the end of the day, our biggest satisfaction is to know are able to serve every single child who requires our services regardless of insurance type or socioeconomic status.
Dr Arevalo brings to Gators Tooth Team a strong background in academic, clinical and public health dentistry. He completed dental school at Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia and completed post-doctoral studies at Boston University, Temple University and the University of Puerto Rico. He is dually-trained in pediatric and public health dentistry. Dr A is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Board of Dental Public Health.
As an academician, he has held leadership positions in academic institutions including the Kornberg School of Dentistry, the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and currently at the Nicklaus Childrens Hospital - formerly known as Miami Childrens Hospital - Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program. Dr Arevalo is an active member of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Public Health Association where serves as past chair of the Oral Health Section. He has lectured nationally and internationally and published on professional peer-reviewed journals on topics including epidemiology, health disparities, delivery and financing of dental care; program evaluation; educational, training, and workforce issues; advocacy and health policy.
Dr Arevalo believes the role of the pediatric dentist goes beyond the dental office. Therefore, he is actively involved in advocacy activities at the State level, he currently servesas Chairperson of Oral Health Florida and the legislative committee of the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr Arevalos programmatic activities have been funded by state and federal agencies and private foundations. He serves as an advisor for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In his spare time Dr A enjoys reading, running and cultural activities.