Dr. Shina Patel is committed to providing children superior quality dental care – with a mother’s touch.

“I designed my boutique practice to transform the average visit to the dentist into a positive and complete dental experience set in a warm, nurturing, educational and fun environment,” said Dr. Patel, who opened World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at 10672 Wexford St., Suite 285, earlier this year.

“We value every child’s individual needs and encourage comprehensive dental care and treatments that promote proper oral health from infancy to young adulthood,” she explained, noting that World of Smiles has an atmosphere conducive to the modern child, complete with superior electronic amenities within a realm of fun-filled color and texture with breathtaking views.

A graduate of Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos, UCSD and Columbia University, Dr. Patel delivers a high standard of technology-enhanced and clinically advanced patient care enhanced by exceptional customer service. “I believe in ideal yet conservative dental treatments and treating only what is necessary without any superfluous procedures,” said Dr. Patel, a dedicated, enthusiastic clinician with a sense of humor and a tranquil demeanor. “I truly enjoy working with children to ensure each will have a lifelong healthy smile.”

Spending more than half her life living abroad in Germany and Japan, Dr. Patel is truly a citizen of the world brought up in a multicultural setting. That upbringing, passion for travel and discovering new cultures inspired her to open World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. “I have always embraced the philosophy that a smile is a universal gesture and transcends all language and cultural barriers,” she said. “World of Smiles is truly a one-of-a-kind institution unlike any other pediatric dental practice.”

A gluten-free practice, World of Smiles offers a comprehensive range of services including cleanings, fillings, extractions, crowns, whitening and much more. A unique “Baby & Me” program encourages new parents to seek a “dental home” that is the stepping stone to a lifetime of good oral health. In addition, the practice also prides itself in striving to be as “green” as possible, playing a role in ensuring that children have a healthy world in which to grow up and thrive.

After securing her degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery at Columbia University in 2005, Dr. Patel completed an additional two-year residency that awarded her a specialty Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Lutheran Medical Hospital. She is a member of the clinical faculty at the UCLA Pediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Residency program at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the San Diego County Dental Society.

Not only is Dr. Patel involved in providing dental care and education to the residents of rural India and Honduras, at World of Smiles she offers complete dental care to residents of the community with special needs.

That type of commitment to community and quality care is the basis of Dr. Patel’s philosophy that achieving perfect dental health is a lifelong journey through which she and her staff guide each World of Smiles patient. “Our staff is committed to overseeing the total health and well-being of our young patients. We hold our roles as teachers and friends to each child secondary to our roles as dental technicians. We consider each of our patients a member of our family,” she said.

“We seek to treat each child as we would one of our own. By treating our patients with warmth and compassion, we look to facilitate a more pleasant and comfortable experience for them.”


World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is located at 10672 Wexford St., Suite 285, San Diego, CA 92131. For information, call 858-549-7771, email staff@WorldOfSmilesPediatricDentistry.com, or
visit WorldOfSmilesPediatricDentistry.com.