Orthodontic Practice “Busciglio Smiles”Welcomes Dual Certified Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist, Dr. Dana Busciglio
Story By Cheryl Johnston | Photos By Anthony Sassano
Dr. Dana Busciglio has a new reason to smile. After more than 12 years of specialized dental education and training, Dr. Dana now works with her brother, Dr. Derek Busciglio, in the family’s dental practice founded more than 40 years ago by their father, Dr. John Busciglio.
And families in Plant City have reason to smile, too. In addition to the Busciglio Orthodontics’ offices in Brandon and Wesley Chapel, the brother and sister dental experts have expanded the location here at 623 E. Alexander Street. In addition to treating orthodontics for children and adults, Dr. Dana Busciglio will now be serving the pediatric dental needs of Plant City’s infants, children and teens.
There’s no question — the Busciglio family knows smiles. In fact, this knowledge has prompted a name change for their practice in all three locations – from Busciglio Orthodontics to Busciglio Smiles. It even sounds like fun.
The doctors believe dental office visits should be something their patients look forward to because with proper care they can expect to have a healthy mouth for the rest of their lives.
Parents and patients of all ages can take comfort in the team’s experience. Dr. Dana has been around her father’s dental offices all her life. Presently, she will be the only Board Certified Pediatric Dentist practicing in Plant City and one of only five dual-certified pediatric dentists/orthodontists in Florida.
Both Dr. Dana and Dr. Derek credit their parents, Dr. and Mrs. John and Diana Busciglio, for their encouragement and support as they followed in their father’s career path. Their desire is to continually enhance the highly regarded reputation he built through Busciglio Orthodontics.
Dr. Dana said, “Our father is a happy man because he has loved his work and we’ve maintained that positive environment. He created in both Derek and me a passion for dental health. We’re privileged now to be his colleagues and to carry on the tradition.”
Dana and Derek both earned degrees and trained at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. “Once you’re in dental school you have to feel out different specialties,” says Dr. Dana, who became a dentist in 2004. “When I was in my pediatrics rotation, I realized that working with children comes naturally to me and they respond well to my care. I enjoy it.”
Following her training in Boston, the bi-lingual (English/Spanish) Dr. Dana completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and the prestigious Miami Children’s Hospital in 2006 and became Board Certified soon thereafter. Dr. Dana worked the next three years with her father before completing her specialty training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, also at NSU.
“Thankfully,” she added, “the interactive approach to dental care works beautifully. The Busciglios encourage young patients to upload photos of their smiles to the company website and to enjoy games in the office about making good choices.
Many patients in Plant City have been traveling to the Brandon location for appointments and will obviously enjoy the convenience of the office here. Dr. Dana explained what they can expect. “Our facilities are state of the art with the most current technology, paperless chart files, and digital x-rays which mean less exposure to radiation.”
Busciglio Smiles also provides orthodontic care for their patients. In addition to traditional treatment options such as braces, they also provide the most esthetic treatment option for straightening teeth called Invisalign. Moreover, Busciglio Smiles is the only Elite provider for the Invisalign system in eastern Hillsborough County. This denotes an extraordinary level of expertise with the system and should be highly valued when choosing a provider. “Offering Invisalign and Invisalign TEEN has been a tremendous service to our younger patients and their parents who desire the clear alternative to traditional treatment,” says Dr. Derek.
This good news also applies to adults. The Busciglios treat all ages from infants and children to teens and adults.
What Dr. Dana appreciates about her dual certification is that Busciglio Smiles patients benefit most. She explained, “Doing both offers our patients the best of both worlds. When we begin seeing them at an early age, the children become very comfortable in our offices. They have no fear and they’re excited about their dental health. It’s also nice to be the one-stop provider.”
Pediatric dentistry involves learning dentistry of small teeth along with learning behavior management with children. Dr. Dana offered, “Basically it’s the art of distraction in three basic steps: You tell the child what you’re going to do, then show him what you’re going to do, and then you do it. What’s important to me is that there are no surprises for the child.”
ISSUES with CHILDREN and TEETH
As a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD), Dr. Dana has advice for parents regarding their children’s teeth. ”Children should have their first visit to a pediatric dentist no later than one year of age,” Dr. Dana explained, “Many parents wonder why they should bring their child to the dentist so young. This early visit educates parents about providing good oral hygiene for the child and makes the child comfortable in a dental setting.”
It’s a concept the AAPD calls “dental anticipatory guidance,” helping parents know what to anticipate at each age/stage. Informed parents will know the importance of caring for their children’s teeth and keeping their children as cavity free as possible.
Dr. Dana follows AAPD in making recommendations for parents concerning children and dental care. Here are a few tips:
Milk – “Yes, milk provides minerals and vitamins for the teeth and bones,” she says, “but milk can also have a negative effect on teeth if not cleaned properly. It’s important to clean the teeth with a soft toothbrush or a rinse of water to remove the sugar from the teeth.”
Candy and Sodas – Dr. Dana says it’s okay to have candy, and that it’s not so much what you eat, but how often you have it. “So let’s say you have candy at night and you brush your teeth. That’s okay. But if you’re sipping on a Coca Cola all day long, that sugar sticks on your teeth all that time and that’s where the bacteria grow.” Brush or at least have water afterwards to rinse the sugar off.
Braces – The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends the first visit no later than age 7 to evaluate the child for any interceptive treatment necessary, such as crossbite and abnormal jaw growth. Dr. Dana cautions, “You don’t see a lot of things happening in the back of the mouth. If untreated, asymmetry of the jaw can cause further damage. Early Interceptive Orthodontics can prevent problems that lead to crowded teeth and poor bite relationships. “
Busciglio Smiles Tooth Fairy – Dr. Dana says, “Yes, absolutely, you should you have a tooth fairy at your house! And,” she continued, “be watching your child’s school news for the Busciglio Smiles Tooth Fairy coming soon.” (Reports say there will be a good tooth fairy and a rotten tooth fairy to teach dental hygiene in area schools.)
Happy to be Home Again
Dr. Dana Busciglio is the youngest of six Busciglio children. The Brandon High School graduate (1996) and University of Florida alumni (Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, 2000) is happy to be back in the Tampa Bay area with her large extended family.
Community involvement also comes natural to Dr. Dana. She holds professional memberships in the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Hillsborough County Dental Society, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Association of Orthodontics. During college she volunteered in the Shands Hospital dental clinic, organized outreaches to underserved children in Boston, and served on missionary trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. At Tufts she was a voting member of the admissions committee and President of the Hispanic Dental Association. Upon graduation, she received the Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association Student Community Service Award and the Esther Kaplan Colchamiro and Ralph Colchamiro endowed prize fund for Community Service and Public Health. Obviously, Dr. Dana is a doer and a giver. Of her return to eastern Hillsborough County, she says, “I look forward to helping out in the local community.”
In short, Dr. Dana is just happy to be a part of the dental practice her father started in 1972. What she’s learned is that the Busciglio Orthodontic offices are “still the happy places I remember them being when I was a kid. Derek and I are very close and we love working together as colleagues and mentors. We’re especially excited now about the opportunity to serve the families of Plant City.”
Busciglio Smiles is now scheduling new patient exams for Pediatric Dentistry at the Plant City location and continues to provide orthodontic treatment at all three locations. Call 813-759-9474 today for a consultation appointment. Feel free also to invite the Tooth Fairy to visit your student’s school.