Roya Pilcher, DDS | Bethesda Magazine

Dentist Profiles


Roya Pilcher, DDS

4910 Massachusetts Ave.

Washington, DC



Q: My kids are so nervous and scared around dentists – can you help?

A: Definitely. As a pediatric dentist, I’ve developed an approach that really works for families. It’s called SAFE—Sequential Approach to Familarize and Engage. What it means is moving slowly with a child, at their own pace, so they’re completely comfortable. Sometimes a first visit is coming in and only saying hi, or just sitting in the chair. I want kids to feel in control when they’re in the office with me, so I’ll give them choices: Which sticker do you want? What flavor toothpaste? This can help with toddlers as well as older kids. Parents are always involved and learning alongside their child, too, so a dental visit becomes a family effort.

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