About your child’s pediatric dentist…
Don Peterson, Jr., DDS
Combining professionalism with fun
“As a pediatric dentist who is also a father, I know how very important it is that a child feels good about visiting the dentist. I myself had very positive dental experiences as a child and teenager. I received quality care by friendly dentists who cared about me. They were very professional – but also fun to be around. So unlike many kidz, I never developed a fear of the dentist.
“It is my mission to provide the same type of care to my patients. I consider myself my young patients’ dental coach. I offer them the same type of advice I give my own kidz and the same gentle care, as well. I want to help create a generation of nonphobic dental patients.
“Simply put, Iowa Pediatric Dental Center is a fun, positive environment. And it’s a great feeling when a child walks into my office and says, ‘This is the coolest dental office ever.’ However, nothing gives me greater satisfaction than when a child leaves my office with a smile on their face.”
Pediatric Dental Certificate/Training: Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY; New York University, New York, NY
DDS: University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Iowa City, IA
Advanced Training Includes: Sippy Cup/Nursing Bottle Syndrome (Early Childhood Caries), Thumb-Sucking Syndrome, Laser Pediatric Dentistry, Interceptive Orthodontics, Dentistry for Children with Special Needs, Hospital Dentistry, Zoom2® Power Teeth Whitening
Member: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Iowa Pediatric Dental Association, American Dental Association, Iowa Dental Association, University District Dental Society, Johnson County Dental Society
Staff: Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, IA
President (2007-2008)/Vice President (2006-2007)/Treasurer & Secretary (2005-2006): Johnson County Dental Society
Volunteer Dentist: Provides dental care to underprivileged children through Peoples Community Health Clinic, Waterloo, IA
Volunteer Instructor: Makes dental presentations to day-care and preschool students throughout the year
In his free time, Dr. Peterson enjoys bicycling, golfing, playing water sports, cheering on the Hawks, coaching his son’s T-ball and soccer teams, and just spending time with his family.