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Pediatric Dentistry of Florida Statement on Coronavirus

At Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, the health and safety of our patients, dental team, and all of their families is our number one priority. The past few days have been challenging as we monitor and sort through all of the newly available information regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. We know that any decision we make will affect our patients, dental team and our community.

In accordance with the recommendation from the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), we have made the decision to limit any treatment to true dental emergency cases. Pediatric Dentistry of Florida emergency phone number is (239) 482-2722.

In this time of uncertainty, as healthcare providers, we have to abide by the oat we took to, “first, do no harm”. Our hope is that we are doing our part to help decrease the spread of a virus that we are continuing to learn about. Thank you for understanding and doing your part as well.

  • We are rescheduling all patients from 03/20/2020 – 05/08/2020
  • We plan to resume normal patient care on 05/09/2020, but this is subject to change.
  • We will be available for dental emergencies through our emergency phone number. As the hospitals and emergency rooms are already strained, we encourage you to call us with true dental emergencies such as swelling of the face or trauma.

We understand this is an inconvenience for many families, and just like you, we are hoping for a return to normalcy sooner rather than later. Thank you for your understanding, please stay safe.

Sincerely,
Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD

Dr. Tim Verwest Re-Nominated for America’s Best Dentist 2020


The National Consumer Advisory Board re-nominated Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD as one of America’s best dentists for 2020. Dr. Verwest selection is based on a proprietary assessment of a dentist’s experience, training, continuing education, and commitment to excellence to ensure the most impartial unbiased review of all applicants.

He’s is a board-certified diplomat of the National Board of Pediatric Dentistry with professional interests in the areas of pediatric pharmacology, biomaterials, and pediatric anesthesia. He believes in lifelong learning and continues his education by taking courses in pediatric sedation, pediatric oncology, sealants, prosthetics, pediatric cosmetic dentistry, pediatric materials, childhood growth and development, and more.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates continues to provide pediatric dental care to children for over 28 years. Areas of service include comprehensive dental exams, cleanings, composite fillings, dental hygiene education, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, sedation dentistry, space maintainers, x-rays and tooth nerve treatment. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com or (239) 482-2722.

Pediatric Dentistry of FL 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck

Touch A Truck Flyer 2020

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates is hosting the fourth annual family-friendly ‘Touch-a-Truck’ Fort Myers on Saturday, April 25, 2020, from 11 am to 2 pm. This free interactive experience creates a safe place for children to learn about work vehicles in their community.

Touch-a-Truck is a hands-on experience where children will be able to learn about their favorite trucks and vehicles, plus interact with those who drive them. Children will be able to be as if they were the true professional behind the wheel. Featured vehicles will include emergency service, law enforcement, military, public service, and local commercial businesses.

Other activities include trackless train rides, face painting, and costume characters. For entry, please bring can food donations directly benefiting the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

There will be a special ‘horn-free’ hour from 11 am to 12 pm for children with special needs and sensitive ears. Touch-a-Truck is free to the general public and is located at Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, 8016 Summerlin Lakes Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

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Pediatric Dentistry of Florida Sponsors C’MON Jingle Bell Bash

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD & Associates are sponsoring the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples Jingle Bell Bash on December 6. Attendees will get a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as take part in the tree lighting ceremony. There will be many children-friendly activities along with a few winter surprises. For more information visit,  https://cmon.org/event/jingle-bell-bash-2019/.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates are celebrating its 27th anniversary this year and provides a full complement of pediatric dental care to children throughout Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com, or (239) 482-2722.

Orthodontist Joins Pediatric Dentistry of Florida

Now Offering Orthodontics!

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD & Associates have added full-service orthodontic services and treatment to compliment the variety of pediatric dental services. Experienced orthodontist Dr. Joseph Whitesides, DDS will provide exclusive oversight for patients of the practice.

“Dr. Whitesides is a great addition to our team. It will allow us to provide comprehensive oversight of the full dental experience when it years past we had to refer orthodontics to other offices,” said practice owner, Dr. Tim Verwest.

Complimentary evaluations for braces are being offered to the general public and patients of the Pediatric Dentistry of Florida. The dental office is encouraging those to refer their friends for braces.

If you refer a friend and they sign up for orthodontic services you will receive your choice of (2) two tickets to (1) one of the following theme parks – Disney, Busch Gardens or Universal Studios. To schedule a complimentary orthodontic evaluation call (239) 482-2722.

Best of Fort Myers Makes Dentist Smile

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim M. Verwest, DMD & Associates has been voted the best pediatric dentist of Fort Myers by the 2019 News-Press Readers Poll. The News-Press 29th annual best-of awards recognize the top businesses in the community selected by their readers.

Dr. Verwest is a board-certified Diplomat of the National Board of Pediatric Dentistry with professional interests in the areas of pediatric pharmacology, biomaterials, and pediatric anesthesia.  He believes in lifelong learning and continues his education by taking courses in pediatric sedation, pediatric oncology, sealants, prosthetics, pediatric cosmetic dentistry, pediatric materials, childhood growth and development, and more.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates are celebrating its 27th anniversary this year and provides a full complement of pediatric dental care to children throughout Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com, or (239) 482-2722.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida Sponsors Run for Prevention

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida will be a red ribbon sponsor of the 2019 Busey Bank Run for Prevention, hosted on October 5th at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. This run is in support of the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida and helps make many of their initiatives throughout the year.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates are celebrating its 27th anniversary this year and provides a full complement of pediatric dental care to children throughout Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.DrVerwest.com, or (239) 482-2722.

The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida was founded in 1989 by Jim Nathan and a group of community activists from a mutual concern about the increasing use of drugs by youth in Lee County. For more information on the Run for Prevention, please visit www.drugfreeswfl.org.

Shark Teeth!

Courtesy of the Business Observer! 

NAPLES — When it comes to alleviating children’s anxiety over visiting the dentist, Pediatric Dentistry of Florida provides an undersea environment of whimsical whales, sharks and other sea life to help take a bite out of their apprehensions. Practicing in Fort Myers since 1992, Dr. Tim Verwest reinvented his approach in 2013 when he rebranded the business and opened a new office that is part theme park at 8016 Summerlin Lakes Drive.

When his next location opens in mid-July, Verwest will expand his footprint into Collier County with a new, 4,000-square-foot office at 1035 Piper Blvd., Suite 103 in Naples. Just as at the Fort Myers location, when parents bring their kids to see the dentist, they will be immersed into a world of aquatic wonder.

“We wanted to create an office to take the brand we have built in Fort Myers and create something inviting not just for the kids, but to the parents as well,” Verwest tells Coffee Talk. “Sometimes when you put things together as a clapboard office, it doesn’t delver then results you want. We want to make a unique and pleasant experience for everybody.”

From the reception desk to the waiting room to the six-bed open bay to the three private treatment rooms, the practice transports young patients to a world of an underwater shipwreck and sea life including a coral reef, various species of tropical fish, stingrays, a mermaid and a 16-foot whale shark and blue whale suspended from the ceiling.

Verwest is also becoming a landlord. The entire building is 10,000 square feet with 6,000 square feet being leased to a urology practice. Verwest has invested $2.5 million in the building, with build-out by Lee Berchtold of Fort Myers and whimsy provided by Imagination Dental Solutions of Alberta, Canada, with a Florida office in Pompano Beach.

Declining to disclose build-out costs compared to a traditional dental practice, Verwest says the investment will pay off in more ways than patient comfort.

“I think the environment helps attract quality personnel,” he tells Coffee Talk. “When they see you have created an office space that is comfortable, that is up to date technologically and is a pleasant space to work in, it gives them a sense that this is a real practice.”

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida Sponsors 7th Annual Castles for Kids

NAPLES, Fla.  – Pediatric Dentistry of Florida is sponsoring the 7th annual Castles for Kids sand-sculpting contest presented by the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. This children-friendly event is on August 7th at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples. Teams compete in a classic sand sculpting competition. Awards in multiple categories highlighted by the biggest sculpture to best Florida theme.

This is the first sponsorship for the pediatric dental group in conjunction with Pediatric Dentistry of Florida’s opening of their new office located at 1035 Piper Blvd, Suite 103 in Naples.

For more information on the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples 7TH Annual Castles for Kids, visit cmon.org/event/castles-kids-2019/.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida was founded by Dr. Tim M. Verwest in 1992. With locations in Fort Myers and Naples, the Pediatric Dentistry of Florida creates an entire underwater world for patients to enjoy when visiting the dentist.  For more information, visit DrVerwest.com, or (239) 482-2722.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida Opens New State of the Art Facility

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida opened their new office, located at 1035 Piper Blvd, Suite 103 in Naples. The practice expands on the previous beach themed Fort Myers location in hopes of providing world class pediatric dental care to children throughout Collier County.

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The 4,000 square-foot space provides a pleasant visual experience, boasting a 16 foot-long whale shark and blue whale suspended from the ceiling inside the building. While describing the anticipated patient reactions to the new building Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD said, “We want to have an experience where children run towards the front doors in anticipation of their appointments.”

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The beach theme and 3D Characters continue throughout the interior with an underwater shipwreck in the lobby for photo opportunities and other ocean sea-life including a coral reef, various species of tropical fish, stingrays and a mermaid.

The state-of-the-art kid friendly office provides three private treatment rooms, a six patient dental bay to serve children and teens, consultation rooms, administrative offices and a game area. There will be three board certified pediatric dentists to serve the needs of children in Collier County.

“Naturally the thought of visiting the dentist has a negative connotation. We want to give the children a distraction and reason to view visiting the dentist in a positive light. When parents tell their children they are visiting the dentist we want them to be excited and not be afraid of us – and we think this new Naples facility will be an extension of our commitment to that philosophy in Fort Myers,” said Verwest.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida opened their first kid-friendly dental building during 2013 in Fort Myers.  They since have made a positive impact on tens of thousands of children during that span. “We found the impact of the Fort Myers location so positive, we thought it was a natural fit for our friends in the greater Naples community to enjoy,” said Verwest.

In conjunction with the opening the dental practice is hosting a grand opening celebration from 10 am to 2 pm, on July 20, 2019 at their new Naples office located at 1035 Piper Blvd, Suite 103, Naples FL 34110. There will be face painting, balloon twisting, along with meet and greet with staff members. For more information on the grand opening celebration, click here.

Pediatric Dentistry of Florida was founded by Dr. Tim M. Verwest in 1992. Dr. Verwest is a graduate of the University of Florida earning his specialty certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. With locations in Fort Myers and Naples, Pediatric Dentistry of Florida creates an entire underwater world for patients to enjoy when visiting the dentist.  For more information, visit DrVerwest.com, or (239) 482-2722.