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How dental lasers are ‘difference makers’ for pediatric patients

By Rishita Jaju, D.D.S.

How it Started:

When I opened my practice, I set it up as a laser dentistry practice. In fact, even before I finalized my location, I invested in BIOLASE’s dental laser technology. I knew that dental lasers would be the cornerstone of my services for the patients in my practice due to their versatile nature and ability to deliver consistent, excellent results. 

The Waterlase Iplus and Epic lasers allowed me to take my practice to new heights, granting me the resources and technology to cater to all my patients’ specific needs. I use the Waterlase Iplus routinely in my practice and use the Epic when I go to the hospital for severely medically compromised patients with conditions that impede them from being treated in an office setting. Even though we were a brand-new start-up practice, laser dentistry and specialty services allowed us to hit the ground running. Within five years, we expanded our team from one doctor and two team members to two talented doctors and ten fabulous team members.

Waterlase Dentist - Dr. Rishita Jaju

What makes All-Tissue Lasers Impactful in a Pediatric Practice:

Waterlase is one of the only dental lasers that are biocompatible, protective of all tissues, and a multi-purpose laser that can be used for treating hard tissues such as teeth and bony structures, as well as soft tissues like gums, lips, tongue, and more.

Laser soothing and comfort for canker sores, frenectomy, mucocele removal, operculum removal for inflamed gingiva due to food impaction or infection, exposure of unerupted teeth, gingival recontouring, are all examples of other services that would not be possible without Waterlase in my practice.

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Waterlase‘s gentle technology for removing dental decay ensures children will not be stressed or frightened during the treatment of dental cavities. The Waterlase helps desensitize the tooth and removes the decay. Patients do not have to experience the “shot,” a numb feeling, post-op lip biting, cheek biting, tongue biting, drooling, etc. that would be associated with a local anesthetic. Since we do not have to worry about the local anesthetic, we can complete treatment on multiple areas of the mouth safely and efficiently. This ultimately reduces the number of dental visits for the child and makes the overall dental experience so enjoyable – they want to keep coming back!

Infant Oral health:

Waterlase’s soft tissue capabilities allow for a biologically protective method of providing procedures such as frenectomies to our newborns, infants, toddlers, and children with special needs. Pediatricians, lactation consultants, doulas, midwives, chiropractors, speech pathologists, and feeding therapists have joined the ranks to bring our top referral sources. Families travel multiple hours and choose to come to our practice while passing hundreds of dentists on the way to take advantage of our expertise and Waterlase technology. Seeing mothers experience the joy of being able to breastfeed their infants and parents witnessing the happiness and satisfaction that a baby can experience after an efficient and effective feed due to the laser frenectomy procedure is priceless!

Dr. Jaju performing a Waterlase frenectomy.

Patients with Special Needs:

In my practice, I have patients who have sensory issues and do not like the feeling of bristles on their gums. This leads to cavities near their gum line. If I only offered “traditional” dentistry solutions to treat them, there would be a significant amount of bleeding around the gum tissue and this would prevent me from keeping that area isolated. Additionally, they are afraid of vibrations and cannot tolerate the conventional ‘drill’ for their dental treatment as they feel overwhelmed and too stimulated. Waterlase allows for more conservative, gentle, and clinically excellent treatment outcomes especially in these cases that would otherwise be impossible to achieve.

Success during the Covid-19 Pandemic:

Our practice’s ability to treat a variety of patients and reduce the time, money, and resources spent on procedures has been key to our success during the Covid-19 pandemic time. Waterlase generates 98% less aerosols than high-speed handpieces and has allowed me to reduce time spent in the dental chair, resulting in more productivity and fewer visits. I can’t imagine not having my lasers as a part of my professional services. Parents seek out our practice due to the many benefits that the Waterlase provides for their children through word of mouth and referrals due to our practice’s excellent patient care. We take a more futuristic and minimally invasive approach to dentistry, and I would recommend BIOLASE dental lasers to anyone providing or seeking dental care.

Frenectomy Protocol Guide | Waterlase


This exclusive protocol guide demonstrates a minimally-invasive, step-by-step protocol for a simple and effective approach to performing frenectomies. Give your young patients kinder, gentler dental care.

Dr. Rishita Jaju

About Rishita Jaju, D.D.S.

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and Founder of Dentist Smile Wonders

Dr. Rishita Jaju is an American Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. After completing her dental education at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, she received specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC where she continued to serve as a part-time clinical faculty.

She is passionate about Infant and Pediatric Oral Health, Laser Dentistry, and Life-Long Learning! To increase awareness and knowledge of her colleagues and patients alike, she has authored many articles and provided lecture seminars for introducing and promoting the benefits of laser applications in dentistry to fellow dentists, pediatricians, lactation consultants, and speech pathologists. Over the years of building her experience and expertise in Laser Dentistry, Dr. Jaju has had the honor to receive the highly coveted Master Status and Advanced Proficiency Certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry.