Meet Dr. Ari Hobfoll
Kids Dentist, Dr. Ari Hobfoll
At Kaleidoscope Kids Dental, Dr. Ari Hobfoll provides top-quality Pediatric Dental care to Murray, Utah families.
Dr. Ari is passionate about Pediatric Dentistry, and it his mission to deliver the best possible care for all types of kiddos.
Dr. Ari chose Kaleidoscope Kids Dentistry at his practice name for one simple reason: This world is a Kaleidoscope of people. However, we all love, laugh & hug our children the same way. Dr. Ari wanted to create a safe space for all types of children and families to feel welcome. At Kaleidoscope, we celebrate each child’s differences and similarities, welcoming them to our environment full of love and acceptance. At every appointment, we bring the fun and ease of a gentle, kid’s dentistry paired with the most advanced dental treatments available.
Background and Education
After graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in Molecular Biology, Dr. Ari decided to head to Temple University’s School of Dentistry, where he then completed his Hospital Pediatric Residency.
When asked about why he chose a career in Pediatric Dentistry, Dr Ari explains,
“It chose me. I just kept working in the Pediatric Clinic because it was fun.”
Helping Patients Overcome Their Fears
Dr. Ari’s favorite part about dentistry is helping patients overcome their fears. Dental anxiety is a huge problem with both children and adults, often resulting in patient’s putting off their dental work as a result.
According to a recent study conducted from the Journal of Dental Hygiene, anywhere between 50 and 80% of adults in the United States have some degree of dental anxiety. This can range from moderate to severe, with more than 20% of these individuals avoiding seeing the dentist regularly, and up to 15% avoiding dental care all together.
Dr. Ari wants parents to know that, sometimes, though unintentional, anxiety can be transferred to the child. He explains that, though a lot of people don’t love to see the dentist, it is up to the parent’s to be involved in their child’s dental visits and encourage positive dental habits at home. Your little one learns directly from you!
Dr. Ari loves to instill positive dental habits in his home. He has both a manual and electric toothbrush and switches between them depending on his mood. He loves Crest Bubblegum Sparkle Toothpaste to make brushing a bit more fun. Afterwards, he always uses cinnamon floss, and alcohol-free Listerine Mouthwash.
Outside of dentistry, you can find Dr. Ari hanging out with his family. He is passionate about skiing and playing guitar and supporting environmental causes.