Pediatric Dentistry of Ocala helps fulfill Marion needs

“Open big like an alligator for me,” Dr. Gayathri Raju says to 5-year-old Loralai Webb during her dental visit Thursday morning, followed momentarily by, “Bring your teeth together like you’re biting down on a sandwich.” 

Moving over to 5-year-old Kingston Brewton for his checkup, she concludes that he has “no sugar bugs,” or cavities. 

“A sugar bugs?” he questions. 

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“Sugar bugs cause cavities, right?” Raju tells him. 

“What’s sugar bugs?” he asks again. 

“The bugs that cause you cavities! Those are sugar bugs,” she explains. 

For a moment, Kingston seems to understand, before asking one more time: “Sugar bugs?” 

Dental assistant Queen Owens uses a portable X-ray machine on Kingston Brewton during his visit at the Pediatric Dentistry of Ocala at 5330 SW College Road, Suite #1, on April 21. It is one of only a few dental offices in town focused on children.

Raju, who is accustomed to communicating with children, laughs. Having just opened her practice, Pediatric Dentistry of Ocala on State Road 200, she has capacity to see dozens of children daily and pursue her passion while helping fill a need in the community. 

“I’m a small business owner,” she said. “It’s a startup. Pure passion and hard work and grit and determination is what it is.”