Founder Dr. Frank C. Pettinato II, DMD, MS
5-Star-Rated Pediatric Dentist
I often get asked how I ended up becoming a pediatric dentist. Well, the truth is, it was always my first career choice, as you can see from my childhood picture. Growing up with a father who is a pediatric dentist, I chose my future career at the age of three.
In kindergarten, my teacher asked the class what we wanted to be when we grew up. Confidently, I stood up and told the class I wanted to be a pediatric dentist like my dad. I know everyone has an opinion of the “perfect” career. But for me, this was it. Following in my father's footsteps, I became a pediatric dentist and even worked side-by-side with my father for five years after completing my education.
Pediatric Dentistry is my passion and I enjoy providing children with happy dental visits every day. I am proud to provide North Port and its surrounding areas with state-of-the-art pediatric dental care.
I attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, for college and dental school. Then, I applied and was accepted to the top-rated Medical College of Virginia Pediatric Dental Residency, where I became the first pediatric dental resident to ever receive both a Master's in Science and a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Upon returning to Florida, I worked side-by-side with my father/mentor in Tampa, FL.
- B.S. in Microbiology, 1997, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
- Doctor of Dental Medicine, 2001, University of Florida
- Master of Science/ Pediatric Dentistry Certificate, 2003, Medical College of Virginia
Pediatric dentistry and orthodontics are constantly evolving, exciting fields. At Cool Kid Dental, we truly believe we have an obligation to provide our patients with the safest and most advanced treatment options available. This is not something that is learned once, but an ongoing learning process with continuing education and a lifelong pursuit to be the best at what we do. These aspirations help us to give our patients individualized treatment geared for the most healthy and efficient path toward a beautiful smile.
Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontic Memberships
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Orthodontic Society
- American Dental Association
- Florida Dental Association
- West Coast District Dental Association
- Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentists
- Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- Florida Dental Society of Anesthesia
- American Dental Society of Anesthesia
Away From the Office
I enjoy volunteering in charity dental clinics, such as Dentistry From the Heart, and the Mission of Mercy Project. I have participated in the University of Florida Dental School mission to the Dominican Republic to work with indigenous people with no access to dental care. I have also helped at the Special Olympics by making the athlete's mouthguards. I feel blessed to have been given a skill that can help people who are suffering from tooth pain. I believe “to those who have received a lot, a lot is expected,” and I try to live my life accordingly.
Meet Dr. Frank C. Pettinato II, DMD, MS - Schedule Your Child's Appointment Today
To experience our 5-star-rated dental care, schedule your child's New Patient Appointment today by calling (941) 841-1010. You may also use our convenient online form. Your child's appointment includes the following:
- Tour the Office
- Complete Examination
- Professional Cleaning
- Digital X-Rays As Needed
- Evaluation of Your Child’s Brushing and Flossing
- Instructions ON How to Properly Brush and Floss
- Free Orthodontic Evaluation
- Discuss Your Goals
During your child's appointment, we will take the time to explain our treatment process and answer any questions you have. We look forward to helping your child reach their best smile!