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Must Love Kids®, pediatric dentists in Vancouver, WA, offer state-of-the-art technology and amenities to make your dental visit relaxing and enjoyable.

At Must Love Kids® Pediatric Dentistry in Vancouver, WA, Drs. Monisha and Prashant Gagneja – known affectionately as “Dr. Mo” and “Dr. G” by their patients – believe that good dental health starts with the whole family. From prenatal education to dental care for teens, the excellent team at Must Love Kids® Pediatric Dentistry provide comprehensive preventive dental care for patients.

State-of-the-Art Pediatric Dentistry

Drs. Monisha and Prashant Gagneja and their staff utilize the latest technology to enhance the quality and comfort of your child’s dental care. Must Love Kids® strives to make each dental diagnosis precise and any dental treatment comfortable for your child.

Caries Diagnosis

By using a small intra-oral camera with transillumination, Drs. Monisha and Prashant Gagneja use this state-of-the-art dental technology to detect dental caries before they can be seen by the human eye or appear on a radiograph.

Computerized Office

From the moment you enter Must Love Kids® and complete all forms on a computer, you will realize that you are in a high-tech environment. Everything from digital radiographs to paperless charting is incorporated into this modern pediatric dental practice.

Paperless Charting

Must Love Kids® incorporates a highly sophisticated dental software program that allows us to be paperless and to stay green as well as create individualized treatment plans for our patients with easy access to all their information.

We can easily display your child’s radiographs, pictures and dental needs on the same computer screen to better communicate with you and answer any questions you may have. Once we determine a plan for your child’s oral health care, we can also print you an easy-to-understand take-home statement.

Digital X-rays

Digital imaging enables us to see beyond what can generally be detected during a visual exam, allowing us to identify cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. Drs. Monisha and Prashant Gagneja can also examine developing teeth, diagnose TMJ and assess damage when trauma occurs. These x-rays are faster and easier for kids as images are generated directly onto the computer screen using hand-held X-ray machines.

Timing of x-rays is tailored specifically to each patient’s needs. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50% less when compared to traditional methods. Digital imaging also provides patient images that can be quickly and easily transferred to specialists or insurance companies. Children may require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing and their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults.

Dental X-rays are safe. Moreover, digital X-rays require very low levels of radiation exposure, which further reduces the risk of any harmful effects. Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonably Achievable (the ALARA principle). A leaded apron with a thyroid collar minimizes exposure to the abdomen and is used when any dental radiograph is taken.

Needle-Less Anesthesia

Is it possible to provide dental anesthesia without the dreaded needle? Yes! Whenever possible, Drs. Monisha and Prashant Gagneja use one of the special injection technologies to deliver local anesthetic without the use of a needle! We use Numbee® anesthesia delivery systems, specially formulated topical anesthetic and dental lasers to provide anesthesia in most cases for dental restorations.

Dental Isolation

We use the latest and greatest techniques in all aspect of our dental office including using Isolite TM isolation system, which is a very comfortable and effective isolation technique when compared with the traditional dental dam. The Isolite TM isolation system helps us provide the best quality of work possible.

Magnification and Illumination

Restorative procedures are done under magnification for better visualization of the operative field. The dentists and the staff at Must Love Kids® also use headlamps as well as Isolite with illumination and dental drills with fiber optic lights to visualize each and every aspect of dental work for the most accurate and proficient dentistry.

Water Filtration

At Must Love Kids®, we provide only the healthiest options for our patients, which is why we installed a highly sophisticated water filtration system. This state-of-the-art system filters all incoming water so that patients receive only the highest quality filtered water during cleanings and dental treatment.

Green Office

Must Love Kids® uses the latest energy efficient technology in our office. The majority of the lighting fixtures are LED and are controlled by microprocessors to provide a soothing uniform light for our patients as well as for our dental professionals. We have used recycled materials in construction and strive to reduce our carbon footprint.

Amenities for Parents and Patients

MLK takes pride in offering the latest in entertainment technology to our patients and parents. We have high speed free WiFI available for your convenience and large (80″) LED TVs which have a variety of informational and entertainment programming.

You will be pleasantly surprised to see two large touchscreen tablets in the Parent’s Lounge, a cutting edge technology which can be used to color with your hands, browse the internet, and play interactive video games.

For parents’ comfort, Must Love Kids® provides free gourmet coffee and a variety of tea. The parent’s lounge has leather furniture and has a warm comfortable ambiance. The movie theater in the second lounge has vintage seating as well as leather furniture and an iPad station for kids.

To celebrate life as an adventure, there are display cases of collectible statues and marquettes that kids and adults will enjoy. You will be pleasantly surprised at every corner and may even forget that you’re in a dental office, that’s our promise!

Learn the amazing story behind the cast of Must Love Kids® Pediatric Dentistry!

When the idea for the theme and name of the pediatric dental office was being discussed among the Vancouver, Washington pediatric dentists duo of Drs. Monisha and Prashant Gagneja, they came up with the name first, “Must Love Kids” but also the theme of super heroes, but most importantly the super heroes need to be original and need to have a story! This started the journey, an original comic book was created with a cast of characters, when they stand together spells MU S T Lo VE K I D S, thus the Superhero group MLK!

The adventure of the MLK (Must Love Kids®) group of superheroes starts at Dr. G and Dr. Mo’s dental office. The story’s graphics are used through the dental office and help to distract children during their dental treatment, to entertain and also encourage them to write, draw and color and most importantly use their active imaginations to create!

Your child is invited to join the adventure and even add to the next chapter of the story at Must love Kids® Pediatric Dentistry.

The story was written by Dr. G, the concept art for the characters was created by Jeremy Colwell who also inked and colored the comic book, the script was written by Jeff Parker and the art drawn by Ron Randall. You can watch the video of the coloring process here.

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Jeremy Colwell’s thoughts on the Must Love Kids® comic development process.

When Prashant approached me in July of 2012 with the concept of a comic book themed pediatric dental office, I was surprised.  Not because it was an odd thought, but because I can’t believe it hadn’t been thought of before.  Seemed like such a natural fit.  Kids love heroes.  Heroes have good teeth, even though I’m not sure how they fit good oral hygiene into their crime-fighting schedule.

After a bit of talking and a few meetings, Prashant and I worked out the basic character concepts needed to fit the bill.  He had a good story in mind and most of the character ideas already, so my job was to hone those ideas into visual representations.  A few rounds of revisions later, we had our MLK cast.

Once that part was ironed out, I brought in Jeff Parker and Ron Randall to finish off our creative team.
Jeff is a well-established writer for Marvel Comics, DC, Image, and others.  Ron has worked for pretty much
every major and minor publisher in the US over a career spanning more than three decades.

In August, we all met at a local restaurant/bakery to go over the plan to make this concept into a readable, entertaining comic story.  After the meeting, Jeff set about with his humor and great sense of pacing to fill in the details around Prashant’s original story concept.  Once the script was done, revised, and approved, it was sent to Ron.

Around September, taking Jeff’s words and panel description, Ron’s draftsmanship created a fun, traditional, comic feel on each page in pencil.  He started with rough small drawings called ‘thumbnails’ where he worked out the panel arrangements and character actions.  After Prashant’s approval of those, he then enlarged them to full 11×17 working size and rendered them in finished pencils.

At this point, now October, I get my hands on scans of the pages from Ron.  Traditional inking uses India ink applied to the art board with a brush or quill.  With current technology, I use a digital workflow.  Using a program called Manga Studio, I inked the pages on my Cintiq tablet using a stylus to draw directly on the screen in an imitation of how I would ink traditionally with a brush, but with much less mess!

When the inking stage was completed, Prashant approved the pages and I sent them off to a collaborator of mine to be flatted.  Flatting is the process of creating solid blocks of color for each object on the page, so that when I color the page, I can select a whole object to render, but not the areas around it.  It’s like creating a coloring book version of the page that I can then add color choices and shading to.

And that’s what I did in November.  Prashant and I eventually worked out a style for the colors that would be fun and bright.  I rendered out each page in a program called Photoshop with my Cintiq using a painterly approach to the brushes and sent him the files once completed.

After the colors were completed earlier this month, I hired a letterer, L. Jamal Watson, to create all the word balloons and sound effects.  We composited all the files together and delivered to Prashant digitally.

From there, he’ll have to tell the rest of the story… ????

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