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Meet the Doctor

Dr. Emory – is a Pediatric Dentist who has served the dental needs of children in Boise since 1983. Prior to practicing in Boise, he spent two years treating children on the Navajo and Duck Valley Indian Reservations. He is a 1979 graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, GA and completed his residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the same institution in 1981. Dr. Emory is a member of the ADA, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the International Academy for Sports Dentistry, and the state and local dental societies. He served a six-year term as the Northwest Representative on the board of the American Society of Dentistry for Children and was a fellow of that organization, which recently merged with the AAPD. He and his wife, Tanya, have three children, Erica, Brian, and Logan. His interests include backpacking, fly fishing back country lakes (often with Brian), cross country and downhill skiing, reading, and 60's rock `n roll music.

Our Philosophy

Every child is an individual. The experiences that they have as a child help to mold them into the adult that they will become. Dental experiences are no exception. The dental experiences a person has as a child and the habits that they develop have a great impact on the long-term oral health of that individual.

It is our goal to help a child develop the habits that are necessary to maintain good oral health throughout their life. Prevention of dental disease is to be preferred over treatment. Good preventive habits, developed early, usually translate into better individual oral health which means less dental treatment is required over the person's life. Consequently, prevention is a major component of what we do.

When treatment is required, it is our goal to accomplish the necessary treatment in a compassionate manner, making things as comfortable as possible for the child. We recognize that dental treatment is not always pleasant and that different children respond differently to the same procedures. We do our best to individualize the treatment approach based upon the type of treatment required and the child's ability to cope with what is necessary.

We always strive to do what is in the best interest of the child. We feel that it is best to have a child in the care of those that are best trained to handle any given situation and so we will refer to other specialists when it is appropriate to do so. An example of this is that, although we follow and document the growth and development of a child's teeth and jaws very closely, when it is time for active intervention, we will refer to an orthodontist for braces.

As a general rule, we want parents to be in the treatment rooms with us when a child is examined and when treatment is rendered in the office.