A Beautiful Smile Is Always in Style 3

Dr. Delores Pittman of Pride Dental Brings Warmth and Light to Patients Seeking Dental Care

This May, Dr. Delores Pittman will have been practicing in the dental field for 30 years. She has practiced in Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., Lanham, Mitchellville and now in Bowie.

“I am a resident of Bowie, and I have been living in Bowie since 2000. I have lived in PG County since 1990. I love Bowie, and it is a beautiful community of very caring, warm, hospitable people who care about one another,” Dr. Pittman says.

While Dr. Pittman specializes in cosmetic dentistry, Pride Dental is a family dental practice. They serve patients of all ages and have families come in that grow with them from young children to adults.

“Patients appreciate the thoroughness for their exams, and I spend a lot of time with them. This practice is not set up for high volume. This is a very deliberate action. The rooms are private. I have enclosed rooms rather than an open bay concept,” Dr. Pittman says. “For me, it is not about the quantity of patients but the quality of treatment and relationship building with my patients. I also believe that people don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. My first emphasis is to address that person’s needs even if it is not related to dental issues. It’s great if there is a dental issue I can fix, but this is part of patient care of the whole person. I try to make the patients comfortable and feel at home. It makes a difference in their whole demeanor to feel relaxed.”

Dr. Pittman is a native Washingtonian. She graduated from McKinley High School. She went to Tuskegee Institute and graduated dental school from Howard University.

“My main emphasis is cosmetic dentistry which includes teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers and a Virtual Smile Makeover. We have cutting-edge technology, and we take X-rays and show them on the computer. We show them digital photographs of their own teeth. I like my patients to see what I see and know what I know. If I say a filling needs to be changed, I want them to see a picture of their tooth on an 18-by-24 screen then say, “yeah, we need to fix that.’ We are also the provider of Lumineers and Invisalign,” Dr. Pittman says.

Dr. Pittman also reminds people that overall medical health and wellness should include regular dental care.

“There is a population of patients that have medical issues that can be better managed if their dental health in order. When a patient needs surgery or a transplant, they need a dental clearance,” Dr. Pittman says. “The instructions from the doctor are to treat infections, remove abscessed teeth and remove teeth with gum disease. This is particularly true with cardiac care and people who are having chemotherapy, radiation treatments or surgery—usually a combination of those three. These can wreak havoc on the body; the mouth will go dry, tooth decay and abscesses will happen, and you are very susceptible to infection. You shouldn’t bypass dental care. It is my concern to insert myself into the equation and get the teeth cleaned up. It will be that much better down the line.”

At the end of the day, Dr. Pittman wants to put her patients at ease.

“The fear of dental treatment is very real for people. People recognize when you put their needs in front of your own desire to make money. People want a doctor they can trust.”