Pediatric Dentistry
Atlanta’s Tooth Fairy

Atlanta’s Tooth Fairy

Dr. Azi Nia creates a whimsical wonderland for her
patients at Nia Pediatric Dentistry.

By Katherine Michalak

For Dr. Azi Nia, board-certified pediatric dentist, establishing a practice in the heart of East Cobb was a natural extension of her commitment to serve the families of her beloved community. "This is home for me," Dr. Azi (as her patients call her) says. "Being here makes perfect sense." She moved to East Cobb over 20 years ago. She and her family transitioned easily thanks to the welcoming environment of their new neighborhood. For years, Dr. Azi could be found working part-time at the Parkaire Kroger pharmacy while attending Georgia State University and developing the customer service expertise she'd bring with her as she studied pediatric dentistry and established her own practice.

Dr. Azi attended the Georgia State University, graduating with her undergraduate degree in mathematics and chemistry. She continued on to the Medical College of Georgia where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. In order to become a specialist in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Azi completed a three-year residency at Children's Hospital Colorado where she also served as chief resident. During these three years, Dr. Azi treated a diverse population of medically compromised patients and people with special healthcare needs and was an active participant with the craniofacial lip and palate team. Shortly thereafter, she received the status of Diplomate by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

P1Dr. Azi is dedicated to providing excellent pediatric dental care and building confidence in her patients. Creating a positive dental experience customized to each young patient is central to Dr. Azi's practice philosophy. She believes in supporting her patients and their families by finding realistic solutions and preventing problems before they arise. Dr. Azi's greatest goal is helping a child overcome their fear and anxiety, getting them to a point where they enjoy their appointments. "We want to change [the typical child's] fear of dentistry." We focus on preventative care using the latest technology and a fun friendly environment that takes that fear away. We want kids to have fun in a relaxing environment. Our goal for our office is to be far from the traditional dental offices." In addition to standard pediatric dental services, Dr. Azi also offers hospital dentistry and laser treatment for lip/tongue ties to help infants with breastfeeding and toddlers with speech issues.

Her mission becomes evident the moment visitors walk through the front door of Nia Pediatric Dentistry and into the whimsical wonderland of Dr. Azi's fully-customized clinic space (or possibly prior to that if they've spotted the hippo-emblazoned vehicle parked outside). More than bright colors or thematic displays, this entire office feels like a giant playroom—life-sized cartoon animal figurines perch throughout, lively murals feature impish creatures to spark the imagination, game and video terminals hover above exam chairs, baskets of toys and books delight curious little ones, and there's even a quiet private work area for parents. Every element of the design incorporates the child's perspective and caters to their needs while boasting the most advanced technology and involving parents in the treatment whenever desired. "A lot of times I think the kids read the fears of their parents," Dr. Azi reveals. "And parents always ask me, 'Where were you when I was growing up?' and 'Can you see me as well?'"

P2The amusement at the office carries over into Dr. Azi's personal life as well. "We have such a haven here in East Cobb. Great schools, true family-focused environment, parents who stay really involved with their children, and a strong community." Dr. Azi and her husband, Dr. Farshid Nia DMD, MSD, who is the clinical director at BB Braces Braces and an advisory board member at North American Dental Group, spend time enjoying a variety of activities that include their two children, Shervin and Leena, and their three family dogs. "We go to East Cobb Park," Dr. Azi says. "And there are so many wonderful places to eat too! We love Camps Kitchen & Bar and Moxie Burger in Paper Mill Village, or Tijuana Joe's for Mexican P3food, or Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar for seafood.", 1111 Johnson Ferry Rd., 770-479-9999. The content for this article is brought to you by Nia Pediatric Dentistry.


Words of Wisdom fromDr. Azi Nia

Dr. Azi (as her patients call her) strives to teach kids superior dental care, and she enlists parents to aid. "Parents should supervise brushing until kids can tie their own shoes and write in cursive," Dr. Azi asserts. Adults should monitor the process to make sure the child brushes at least twice a day for two minutes each time. "Also, floss every day," Dr. Azi instructs. "Rinses are good but they don't replace flossing." And what treats make her naughty list? "Drinking soda and juice constantly is soaking teeth in acid and sugar. Drink water! Kids need to snack on crunchy fruits and vegetables more and sticky candy less!"

Dr. Azi says,"A pediatric dentist is the pediatrician for overall oral health. All kids should see a pediatric dentist by age 1."