Dr. Carol Onyango
Specialist Pediatric Dentist
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health
Children's Dental Center, Dubai
Dr. Carol Onyango is an American Board Certified Specialist Pediatric Dentist with special focus on full-scale dental health services, oral health literacy, early detection of oral diseases and risk intervention.
She has extensive training in treating and managing babies, children and teens, including medically-compromised patients, and patients with mental and physical disabilities.
In 2003, Dr. Carol completed her B.S. degree in Biochemistry and graduated Summa cum Laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
She received her DMD from the University of Connecticut - School of Medicine and Dental Medicine in 2007 and completed her Specialization in Pediatric Dentistry from Columbia University, New York in 2009.
In 2010, she successfully completed her Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Dental Leadership from Columbia University, New York where she organized and led conferences for pediatric dental residents on global oral health initiatives, analysis of the health insurance market in the US and many others. She reported on dental economic irrationalities directly to Dr. Burton Edelstein, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University and Chairman of Board, Children’s Dental Health Project.
Pursuing further studies, Dr. Carol earned her Masters of Public Health degree from King’s College London in 2011.
Before joining Dr. Michael’s Dental Clinic, Dr. Carol worked as a Pediatric Dental Resident in New York where she treated patients under conscious sedation and general anesthesia, collaborated with various specialists in the management of patients with complicated craniofacial disorders and treated patients in both the Adult and Pediatric Emergency Department.
From 2010-2014, Dr. Carol teamed up with other physicians and dentists and served as the sole Pediatric Dentist for the U.S. Government Health Centre in one of the centers in Germany serving a community of over a thousand of children. She trained dental assistants in the Red Cross Program and integrated intensive preventative oral health care component with the daycare centers and schools.
Dr. Carol is a strong advocate of preventive oral health care for underserved communities and has been a dental volunteer in several countries since 2004. “Child oral health tends to lack priority on the health agenda of many countries, yet oral health diseases in children are on the rise globally. I hope to be a part of the change through child oral health philanthropy projects which I am passionate about.”
- Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- New York State Dental Association
- Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health
- Executive Member, Oral Health Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations
Key Achievements (Scientific Contributions)
2013 – Current World Federation of Public Health Associations
Executive Member, Oral Health Working Group
- Co-author, “Declaration on Access to Oral Health for Children” presented at the 47th World Federation of Public Health Association General Assembly, May 2013
- Co-author of survey to map dental public health capacity worldwide, presented at the 47th WFPHA General Assembly, May 2013
- Bedi, Onyango, Wordley, Lee, “The New Vision in Preventing Oral Diseases and Promoting Oral Health: Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Successful Practice of Oral Public Health” in Public Health of the Mouth, B Jinyou, R Wensheng (editors)
- Bedi, Wordley, Onyango, Lee, “Principles of Oral Public Health: The Socioeconomic Determinants of Oral Diseases” in Public Health of the Mouth, B Jinyou, R Wensheng (editors)
- Bedi, Lee, Wordley, Onyango, “The Role of Dentists and Dental Institutions/Associations: The Role of an Oral Health Team in Promoting Oral Health and General Health” in Public Health of the Mouth, B Jinyou, R Wensheng (editors)
Up Close & Personal with Dr. Carol Onyango
Dr. Carol Onyango is an American Board Certified pediatric dentist with many years of training and experience in providing full-scale dental health services, oral health literacy, early detection of oral diseases and risk intervention.
What does she like most about her job and what are the dental issues she likes focusing on? Let's find out.
Why did you choose to become a pediatric dentist and what do you like most about your job?
I needed a specialty that was challenging, exciting and varied on a day to day basis. Pediatric dentistry fit me like a glove. There is never a dull moment working with children; they keep me on my toes and make me smile very often.
What is the most common misconception about children’s oral health?
The most common misconception about children’s oral health is a focus on “they are just baby teeth.” Child oral health is about the whole mouth including baby teeth, and plays a vital role in growth and development. Unfortunately, the rise in child oral diseases globally is contributing pain, malnutrition, lack of focus in school, loss of school hours, poor growth and development, and in extreme cases they can be fatal.
When it comes to children’s oral health, what’s the most important thing you like to focus on?
When it comes to oral health, I like to focus on prevention through diet and hygiene. When parents comply, I am such a happy camper. Prevention is key.
As an experienced pedodontist, how do you deal with children who are afraid of the dentist?
There are many ways of dealing with a child who is afraid of the dentist and the best method is unique to each child. I take the time to understand the source of fear of each child and their personality. That helps me in gaining their trust and slowly getting them to a point where treatment can be performed safely in various ways. It amazes me to see the drastic positive changes in some children between their first visit and their last visit. However, in some cases, it is necessary to treat a child under general anaesthesia.
What advice do you usually give parents when it comes to their children’s oral hygiene?
I always advice parents to actively participate in their children’s oral hygiene through supervision or assistance.
What other aspects of dentistry are you passionate and excited about?
Child oral health tends to lack priority on the health agenda of many countries, yet oral health diseases in children are on the rise globally. I hope to be a part of the change through child oral health philanthropy projects which I am passionate about. Over the years I have volunteered in Kenya, Belize, Dominican Republic and several states in America. I also serve as the African Region consultant for the Global Child Dental Fund and served as an oral health working group executive for the World Federation of Public Health Associations.
What are your hobbies?
In my spare time I love to travel and experience different cultures. I also enjoy hiking, fitness, nutrition, music and just being out in nature.