Lauren Ballinger, DDS
Dr. Lauren is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has extensive experience in treating infants, children and adolescents and those with special needs with an emphasis on the prevention of dental disease, restorative care utilizing child-centered behavior guidance and anxiolytic techniques, and dental outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. However, her main focus of interest is Airway Focused Pre-Orthodontic and Orthodontic care in the growing child; combining her knowledge of craniofacial growth and development and training in functional and myofunctional orthodontic techniques.
She is a staff member of Berkshire Health Systems where she lectures in the Advanced General Dentistry Residency program as well as a provider of dental surgical services at the Crane Center at BMC. Dr. Lauren is active in the professional medical, dental, and educational communities in promoting the “Dental Home” Concept and advocating that all children have proper access to dental care and see a dentist by age 1. She is also working to bring knowledge to the local dental and medical community about the need to work together to screen children for Sleep Disordered Breathing and Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea as well as recognize the risk factors such as mouth-breathing, soft tissue dysfunction, tongue or lip “ties”, as well as narrow palates.
Dr. Lauren is a Myobrace Provider and a Myofunctional Research Company member. She is an active member of The American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry: College of Diplomates, the Massachusetts Dental Society and the Berkshire County Dental Society. She is also a member of the American Orthodontic Society and the Academy of Laser Dentistry and has earned the ALD Standard Proficiency Certification in CO2 laser use. She is also proud to be a member of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry and member of the Foundation for Airway Health.