We celebrate children everyday!
Our goal to make each and every visit fun, educational and positive.
We are experts at making first
visits easy for patients and parents.
We see children through college.
You'll be surprised how much
they enjoy their visits...
We think kids are a very big deal!
We can't wait to see your child
at their next visit.
Meet Dr. Christie McCarley
Dr. Christie grew up in a small town in Southwest Georgia, near Columbus. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. She attended the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry for her dental training where she graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in May 2009.
Upon completion of dental school, Dr. Christie completed a two year pediatric dentistry residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. During her residency training, she focused on providing comprehensive dental care for children, including oral sedation, general anesthesia in the hospital setting, and management of special needs patients. As part of her residency, she worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite and Egleston campuses where care was focused on medically compromised children and children with special healthcare needs.
Dr. Christie is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. She maintains hospital privileges at Piedmont Columbus Regional.
Dr. Christie is married to her high school sweetheart, Ritchie. They have a son and a daughter, Baylor and Caroline.
Dr. Christie loves cooking and spending time with her family be it outdoors, traveling or just staying home.
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We are all about making your child’s visit special.
•Our team is dedicated to providing the best care
for your child.
•We treat each child as if they are our own!
•An atmosphere that ensures a fun and relaxing
visit for patients and parents including:
- TVs above each dental chair
- Games in the waiting area
- Prizes at the end of each visit
•Provide a dental home for your child and instill
good oral health habits in your child.
•On-Call availability for after-hours emergencies.
Our Pediatric Dental Office
We are available
Monday thru Thursday 8-5 and
Fridays from 8-12.
For after hours emergencies,
please call 706.221.2305
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At Pediatric Dentistry of Columbus, we are all about making your child’s visit special. We understand that you or your child may feel nervous about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to your needs and want to the offer best care possible. It is our goal to make each and every visit fun, educational and above all a positive experience.
Each child is unique, and we strive to personalize their dental experience. We like to build a rapport with each child and earn their trust early on so they will look forward to returning for regular checkups.
We invite you to stay with your child during the first visit and routine recall appointments. For future visits, if restorative treatment is need, we suggest you allow our staff to accompany your child through their dental appointment.
We can usually engage your child and establish a closer relationship when you are not present. Our goal is to gain your child’s confidence and overcome any nervousness. However, if you prefer to accompany your child, you certainly may do so. For patient safety and privacy, any children not being treated should remain in the waiting room with a supervising adult.
What to Expect...
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We strive for on-time appointments, to get them back to their day.
We are committed to
exceptional first visits.
We, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend you bring your child in by his or her first birthday.
During your first visit, you will be introduced to Dr. Christie and her experienced team, given an office tour and discuss your child’s unique smile and ways to keep it healthy and beautiful.
Depending on the age of your child, he or she will either be given a knee-to-knee examination (where your baby’s head will rest on our doctor’s knee while their body is on your lap) or a regular exam in the doctor’s chair.
We request that you complete our First Visit Forms prior to arriving for your appointment. We strive for on-time appointments and having these forms before your visit is very helpful.
Your initial exam will last approximately 1 hour. Oral hygiene instructions will also be given with suggestions to help your child care for their own teeth. In most cases, we will also clean their teeth on this visit, and provide an evaluation that will outline any existing dental problems and proposed treatment.
Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?
Dr. Christie is a pediatric dentist, specializing in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents.
Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric patient not only has a different dentition than adults but he/she may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child. These needs may include orthodontics, dental sealants, fluoride applications or home treatments, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treating existing dental problems, our office focuses on prevention through patient and parent education.
We like to feel that you and your child do not come to our office to have their “cavities fixed” but rather to prevent them. Our mission is to provide all of the educational tools necessary for our patients to enjoy a cavity-free future.
What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?
When a Pediatric Dentist is Board Certified it means that the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry or ABPD certifies that the dental care being provided is based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs. Certification by the ABPD provides assurance to the public that a Pediatric Dentist, like Dr. Christie, has successfully completed accredited training and a voluntary examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to the delivery of quality patient care.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents and other care providers to help every child establish a dental home by 12 months of age. Establishing a dental home provides some key components to dental care for your child including...
• Comprehensive oral health care including acute
care and preventive services.
• Individualized preventive dental health program
based upon a caries-risk assessment.
• Anticipatory guidance regarding growth
• Plan for acute dental trauma (emergencies).
• Dietary counseling.
• Referrals to dental specialists when care cannot
directly be provided within the dental home.
• Referral at an age determined by patient, parent,
and pediatric dentist.
Your child is our highest priority.
It is a privilege treating children.
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We can’t wait to see your smile!
Our Goal is to provide the best possible dental care for infants, children, teens, and kids with special healthcare needs. Our team will strive to make sure your child has a positive experience while maintaining the highest level of safety and care. Our pediatric dental office has the latest state-of-the-art equipment to make sure your child has access to everything they may need. We built our office with children in mind. We offer a fun, comfortable environment, which ensures an enjoyable and productive experience.
We always consider all appropriate treatment options and try to present the most conservative plans when possible. It is important for us to be helpful to our patients and families and answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s dental care. Starting early with prevention and good habits will help build a life-long smile and positive relationship with Dr. Christie and her team.
Thank you for trusting us with your
child’s dental needs.
"We love Dr Christie and her staff! I took my 3 kids in for cleanings today and had a very nervous 3 year old. The staff and Dr Christie were so gentle and kind to her. Dr. Christie took the time and really listened to my concerns. I never felt rushed! I highly recommend!!"
- Brandi L., facebook
"Dr. Christie & her staff are efficient, gentle, kind & patient. The gaming area helped to calm my youngest & keep his nervous little mind off having to get a filling after his brother was done. My children & myself love this office! My children especially love the Tv on the ceiling in the rooms. So glad a hygienist friend referred me to her office. Thank you so much Dr. Christie!"
- Cherish C., facebook.
"Dr Christie was so good, kind, gentle, and caring with my sweet boy after he fell and chipped his tooth today. I wouldn't trust his teeth in anyone else's hands! You can tell that care is her priority, and the priority of that office. It's an incredible, homey, warm experience there."
- Michelle H., facebook.
"We couldn’t have asked for a better visit! The entire office staff was amazing. Our three girls had their first appointments at this office today and they were nervous. Every person they came in contact with made them feel welcome. The sweet hygienists talked them through every step. Dr. McCarley was awesome! Very knowledgeable and took her time going over everything with each child. I can’t recommend Dr. McCarley’s office enough! So glad we gave them a try! "
- LeighAnn J., facebook.
"WBy far the best pediatric dentist experience we have ever had!!"
- Robin M., facebook.
"What a blessing!!! I was so nervous due to previous experiences elsewhere with the kids. Dr. Christie and her staff were EXTRAORDINARY!! They surpassed all my expectations! She is definitely the gold standard!!"
- Lisa B., facebook.
"I love Dr. Christie!! I wish she could be my dentist. Her office is also very beautiful and welcoming."
- Alison C., facebook.
"Everyone there is just Awesome!! My son (6yrs old) has been going since he was 2 and he loves going to see Dr. Christie! He isn't afraid or scared about going to the dentist. They really know how to deal with small children and comfort them during any procedure or just a routine cleaning. And great with the parents as well :) He also loves that he gets to pick his movie to watch and gets tokens for prizes when he is finished. The office is so clean, neat, and up to date!"
- Kelly E., facebook.
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