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Marci Mendola-Pitcher, D.D.S.

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Pitcher joined in 1999 and became the owner of the Rosen Pitcher Dental Group in January 2003. She is a Pittsford native and even attended St. Louis School located across the street from her office. After graduating from Our Lady of Mercy High School, she received her Bachelors of Science Degree from William Smith College; then she became a graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, thus fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a dentist. Her Pediatric Post-Graduate training was completed at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester. After extensive testing and case presentations, she is honored to be a Diplomate of The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and Fellow of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  Additionally, Dr. Pitcher is a NYS Certified Sedation Provider. These accolades require above and beyond continuing education annually.  Dr. Pitcher and her family live in Rochester and enjoy recreating in the Finger Lakes. She takes pride in her work caring for her patients as if they were her own children. “Children should be treated with dignity and compassion, and with the finest quality care they deserve!”

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As published in the Nov – Dec 2014 edition of the (585) magazine, Dr. Pitcher has been awarded subsequent years as a Top Dentist as evaluated by her colleagues when asked, “If you had a patient you needed to refer, who would you send them to? Dentists and patients are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies, and of course physical results.”

Dr. Pitcher’s certifications and memberships:

  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry – Diplomate
  • Member of the prestigious College of Diplomates
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry – Fellow
  • Conscious Sedation Certificate by New York State
  • NY Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • NYS Dental Association
  • Seventh District Dental Society
  • Monroe County Dental Society
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) Certified through the American Heart Association
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) Certified through the American Heart Association
  • NY Top Doc’s – click here

Pediatric Dental Boards

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Elaine S., R.D.H.

A life long Fairport native, Elaine earned her degree in Dental Hygiene in 1992. In college, she was president of the “Students of the American Dental Hygienists Association,” received the Rochester Area Colleges Outstanding Adult Scholar Award, the Dental Society of the State of New York Albert H. Stevenson Award, Dental Hygiene Association of the State of New York President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Participation, Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, Outstanding Student Clinician Award, and was elected to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Elaine has two grown children and a grandson. Her interests include traveling, viewing nature & wildlife, gardening and reading. Elaine’s soft, confident voice and nurturing way puts her children patients at ease!

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Pam H., Front Desk

Pam joined our team with 27 plus years of customer service experience.  As the mother of a grown son, she is excited for the opportunity to interact with the children and their parents to assist with positive and seamless dental visits.  When Pam is not working she enjoys traveling with her husband, baking, and outdoor activities with her Boston Terrier.

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Catie V., R.D.H.

Catie is a registered dental hygienist and a graduate with distinction, of Monroe Community College’s Dental Hygiene program.

She has been working with children since the beginning of her hygiene career.  Catie loves teaching her patients how to care for their teeth and watching them grow.

In her free time, you can find her training for a 5k or spending time with family and friends.

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Rebekah K.

Rebekah is a graduate of Monroe Community College Dental Hygiene Program where she was awarded the Albert H. Stevenson Award and the Presidents Volunteer Service Award.

Rebekah was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Rebekah also achieved Dean’s list and was a SADHA Officer.

She has experience working with children and in her free-time Rebekah enjoys hiking and spending time with family and friends.

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Caring For Your Teeth

Dental Care

Decay is not inevitable.

There are three things that must be present at the same time in order to get cavity:

Teeth:

Obviously, without teeth, you cannot get a cavity. Teeth have pits and fissures that trap food and germs. Teeth also can dissolve in the presence of acids, which is what bacteria produce when they rest on teeth. To protect teeth, we apply sealants which fill grooves, pits and crevices to keep food and bacteria out. We also apply fluoride to “harden” the enamel so that acids cannot penetrate as quickly.

Bacteria.

If we lived in a germ free bubble, we could eat all the candy we want, and we’d never get a cavity, even if we never brushed! Teeth can only decay in the presence of bacteria. Of course, we cannot live in a germ free world under normal circumstances, but we can keep the bacteria count reduced to a level where there are not sufficient numbers to do damage. To accomplish this, we need to floss as well as brush to remove plaque, or bacterial colonies. The bacteria that live between the teeth are the most damaging, and the hardest to reach. If we floss just once a day, there are not enough bacteria left to cause decay to grow quickly. Flossing and brushing are equally important.

Food

We all need food to survive, but certain foods are more damaging to teeth than others. Starches and sugars of any kind are attacked by the bacteria in your mouth and in only 20 seconds, acids are already dissolving your teeth. Depending upon the nature of the food, the dissolving may continue for 20 minutes (soft drinks) or up to 90 minutes (fruit roll type snacks). The stickier the food, the longer it stays on the teeth, and the more damage it does. The more frequently one snacks, the more dissolving of teeth occurs. If you eat 500 M&Ms™ all at once, you will not get decay, but if you eat 500 M&Ms one per minute, your teeth will decay very fast. It is not as important how much sweets you eat as it is how often! If your child must snack, make sure it is cheese, carrots, celery, or some other healthy food. The best beverage is plain old water. Save the treats for dessert with meals. When we are not eating, the saliva in your mouth, which contains minerals, actually re-hardens enamel. The more time resting between snacks, the more repair of enamel that occurs.

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Baby Teeth

Baby teeth are necessary to aid in proper nutrition, speech, and maintaining space for future permanent teeth.

If a baby tooth is loosened or lost due to injury, or darkens in color, call your child’s dentist. The dentist will evaluate the situation and discuss with you any needed treatment.

If you see an adult tooth growing in where a baby tooth is still present, contact your child’s dentist for guidance. This can lead to misaligned teeth that can be costly to correct.

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Thumb Sucking

The sucking of thumbs, fingers, and pacifiers can distort your child’s bite, as well as lead to speech impediments and future orthodontic problems.

It is wise to have your child’s mouth evaluated for potential damage or distortion. The dentist will offer advice specific to your child and can recommend home remedies or dental appliances to encourage your child to stop their sucking habit.

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