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“Every patient who comes to my office learns that any dental problem can be treated. The true healing comes from changing habits and we both need to collaborate as a team to control the disease. Commitment is the key. “– Dr. Claudia Julieta Rodas Flores.
Dr. Claudia Julieta Rodas Flores is a dental surgeon and specialist in pediatric dentistry. 80% of their patients are children from 5 months to 12 years, to whom they apply preventive and restorative treatments. However, she has acquired enough experience to solve cases in adults, since she has practiced general dentistry since 2007. Both health and aesthetics are the benefits she seeks for her patients. She works at the San Lucas Dental Center, a multiprofessional clinic that has the latest techniques and equipment for dental treatments. Located in the municipality of San Lucas, Sacatepéquez, it is 12 km from La Antigua Guatemala.
The most common dental problem in children is cavities, which appears due to the high consumption of sugar and poor dental cleaning. A dental veneer is usually enough to make amends for the tooth. Dental veneers are pieces of a material, such as porcelain. They are used to treat pathological and aesthetic problems, such as changes in the color and shape of teeth, cavities and poorly prepared past restorations. On the other hand, Dr. Fonseca decides to resort to a pulpal treatment when the deterioration of the tooth is excessive. Less frequently, the dentist faces pathologies that require minor surgeries, such as fibroids, mucoceles, sublingual and labial braces. Unlike children, adults usually go to the clinic for a fixed or removable dental prosthesis, as well as aesthetic restorations. Among other treatments that dominates, are: complex extraction, cuts in bone sutures and tissue removal.
The dentist is inclined towards the use of resin as restorative material, although she also dominates the handling of steel, in case the patient prefers it. At her dental clinic in Sacatepéquez, the doctor has other state-of-the-art technologies such as laser, which reduces pain, bleeding and time in invasive treatments. Likewise, technologies are used that adapt to the specific needs of patients, such as, the elaboration of a ceramic or metal dental prosthesis.
The San Lucas Dental Center, located between Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City, went from being a small dental clinic to one of the most updated dental centers in Guatemala. It has renowned specialists such as Dr. Rodas, Dr. Ana Cecilia Cabrera, dentist of adolescents and adults, Dr. Martha Georgina Fonseca, dentist of adults and seniors, Dr. Betzy Marilena Portillo, orthodontist children, youth and adults, Dr. Héctor Licinio Torres, oral and maxillofacial surgeon of youth and adults and Dr. Juan Sebastián Rodríguez, specialist in 3D implantology. In 2016, the dental clinic obtained international accreditation from Acreditas Global, a subsidiary of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC). This institution, based in Chicago, guarantees compliance with quality and safety standards and protocols in health centers such as hospitals and ambulatory surgery clinics. Located 12 kilometers from Antigua Guatemala, the San Lucas Dental Center has the endorsement of the AAAHC to offer any dental treatment to the patient, both local and foreign. The location of the center is ideal for those who want a quality dental care without going to Guatemala City. This team of professionals has benefited with their services to homes for the elderly, such as those of San Lucas and Choacorral Sacatepéquez and also to children’s homes in the region. So far they have implemented 80 Ad honorem dental prostheses.
In the clinic of Dr. Claudia Julieta Rodas emphasizes empathetic and charismatic treatment towards children; confidence and tranquility in patients is fostered to facilitate dental care. The dentist applies all types of treatment, such as dental prostheses, minor surgeries, dental cleaning and dental veneers. The doctor is available 24 hours for inconvenience, pain, discomfort or shock.
San Carlos University Of Guatemala. Interim Professor, Department. Dentistry of Children and Adolescents, School of Dentistry. 2013
Roosevelt Hospital, Pediatric Dentist in Stomatology Department: Dental Operative Clinic / General Anesthesia
Dental Center San Lucas, Pediatric Dentist.
Acreditas Global, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Dental Surgeon, San Carlos University of Guatemala, Guatemala
Master in Pediatric Dentistry, University of Barcelona, Spain
Stay in the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital of the Master of Pediatric Dentistry of the University of Barcelona in the course 2,011-2,012 accrediting 650 theoretical-practical hours.
Clinical rotation of the pediatric dentistry service of the Hospital de Nens de Barcelona Foundation.
XXXIV Annual Meeting of the Spanish Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Punta Humbría, Huelva on June 7, 8 and 9, 2012.
Inhalation Sedation in Odontology and Basic Life Support, with a duration of 8 hours. Madrid, April 27, 2.012.
“Minimal Intervention and Dentoalveolar Traumatisms “. Guatemala, September 26, 2014
6th Latin American Congress of Odontology for Baby and 1st Jalisco Congress of Pediatric Dentistry. Curricular value of 32 hours Credit. Guadalajara, Jal. Mexico 1, 2, 3 and 4 June 2,016.
7th Course of Dentistry for Babies. Hour load of 50 hours, made from September 11 to September 15, 2010. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
XXXI International Day of Pediatric Dentistry in FEPADE with a “ Pharmacological Update Workshop in Pediatric Dentistry and Molar Incisor Hypomineralization“. San Salvador, El Salvador, March 16, 2.017.
Dr. Rodas has benefited nursing homes, such as those in San Lucas and Choacorral Sacatepéquez, as well as children’s homes in the region. So far they have implemented dental prostheses Ad honorem.