Dental School | University of Pittsburgh
Andrea Rick-DiPaul, DMD
Dentist, KidsPeace Residential
Dr. Rick-DiPaul’s interest in dentistry grew from her desire to combine art and science. Hearing at a young age to “find a job you cannot wait to go to!” she took this to heart and found the perfect career by combining her favorite subjects.
Dr. Rick-DiPaul’s passion in life is children. “I am amazed by how they find joy in the smallest things. This is a reminder that life truly is a gift,” she says. KidsPeace has given her the opportunity to align her career with her passion.
Her goal at KidsPeace is to provide gentle, quality dental care in our state-of-the art dental office. She tries hard to earn her patients’ trust by letting them know she has their best interest in mind. “If you wish to see the best of others, you need to show the best of yourself, she says.Dental Cavities: Impact on Children and Adolescents:
Dental caries (cavities) is a chronic, common disease in children. A child’s quality of life can be severely affected by this disease. Cavities cause pain, disfigurement of the skeletal jaw and face, sleep disruptions and diminished ability to learn. Cavities also interfere with a child’s overall nutrition, weight and growth. This disease can have a lasting effect on a child’s developing mind and body, which becomes evident when adulthood is reached.
The change in diet in recent times has caused an increase in this epidemic. The consumption of refined carbohydrates, soda and other processed foods has significantly increased caries and the loss of teeth. It is important that the entire medical field comes together to provide preventative guidance to parents and young children. Although dental caries is a common disease in children, it is one that is preventable with education and routine dental care.