Dr. Ruth Bol Gives Special Care at Children's Dental Practice

Dr. Ruth Bol with her parents, sister Rosemary, and Deogy. For many children, the mere menti...

Dr. Ruth Bol with her parents, sister Rosemary, and Deogy.
For many children, the mere mention of a visit to the dentist's office brings tears and fear. But one local dentist has sought to change that fear into a positive experience for Menifee's youth.

Dr. Ruth Bol of The Children's Dental Practice of Menifee uses a combination of the latest in sedation medication, psychology and technology to put even the smallest patients at ease. The waiting room boasts a television tuned to Nickelodeon, iPad stations preloaded with kid-friendly (and mom-approved) apps, and two gaming recliners for kids to play their favorite Playstation video games.

The non-clinical look extends to Bol's staff, who wear fashionable athletic wear in place of traditional scrubs. Bol herself skips the lab coat for more sporty attire.

"Dentistry is still a top fear, right alongside death and public speaking," she said. "My passion is to prevent and treat this fear.  It makes me happy to bring joy to others."

Hailing from Bakersfield, Bol is one of five children born to missionary parents. Her father, who is half Comanche Indian, worked alongside Bol's mother in the Bakersfield Rescue Mission as supervisors of the Men and Women's Shelter. Both recovering alcoholics - a widespread problem on the reservation - they used their experiences to assist others on the road to recovery.

It was growing up at the mission that led Bol to want to assist others and to use her career as a conduit of public service. Working on the reservation as a general dentist helped Bol to realize how she could best help children adjust to dental visits.

She witnessed the widespread practice of using restraints as a means of control during dental procedures, and vowed to make a change when starting her own practice. By gaining extensive training in cutting-edge sedation procedures for children and adolescents, and drawing upon her core beliefs in public service and bringing joy to others, Bol has cre