Dr. Maribel Santos-Cordero was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned a DMD degree from the University Of Puerto Rico School Of Dental Medicine with high honors and has been practicing dentistry since 1994. Dr. Santos-Cordero completed her residency program in Pediatric Dentistry at The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, NY. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a Fellow of the American Laser Study Club. She is a certified laser surgeon and has specialized training in the treatment of lip & tongue ties, oral myology, and the treatment of children with sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD). She is a member in good standing of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals, and the American Dental Association.
Treating children is her vocation and it is her mission to provide each patient with the necessary tools to achieve better oral health. Dr. Santos is very passionate about the need to create awareness of the potential health problems in children with lip & tongue ties and SRBD. She often engages in a team approach with other healthcare professionals to provide her patients with treatment options that will help them thrive.
She has earned privileges to practice dental surgery at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL and has been on staff since 2002.
A firm believer of the quote: “If you can’t repay a favor, pay it forward”, she often volunteers her time and services to those in need through events like: Project Christmas Smile, Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps and the Baptist Church Dental Van. Since 2012, she has organized a “Give Kids a Smile” event at her office and provided free dental treatment to children from disadvantaged homes with limited access to care. She also gives back to the community by providing consultations and treatment to patients with Cleft Lip and Palate and other craniofacial deformities.
Dr. Santos-Cordero believes that learning is a never-ending process. She regularly attends continuing education courses internationally and across the United States to expand her professional scope and to stay up to date on the very latest techniques. She has been guest lecturer at various local and international groups and organizations. She speaks Spanish and English fluently.
Since 2012, Dr. Santos-Cordero has been honored by her peers with the distinction of being named one of America’s Top Dentists in the Sarasota-Bradenton area and has appeared in the Sarasota Health Magazine as one of the Best Doctors & Dentists in her specialty.
Dr. Santos-Cordero moved to Sarasota with her husband and two boys in 2001. Her pediatric dental practice "Dentistry for Children & Adolescents' has been serving the Lakewood Ranch & Sarasota/Bradenton community since 2002. When she is not in the office you can find her exercising, enjoying church and sports activities with her family or involved in her non-profit organization, Ride 2 Remember, to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease research.
"My breastfeeding journey was impacted by a lip-tie. My son was a “fussy baby".
Breastfeeding him was not a pleasant experience for him or for me.
He had a weak latch and would slip off easily. He often coughed, made weird noises and would fall asleep while breastfeeding only to wake up hungry again.
Leaking and spitting up milk was the norm. He was diagnosed and treated for acid reflux early on but that didn’t solve the problem.
I was in pain, tired and confused.
We both endured four months of silent suffering and when the milk supply became scarce, we had no other option than to stop breastfeeding.
I felt like a failure! In hindsight, I should have trusted my mommy instincts…"
"As a mom, I understand how helpless and hopeless you feel when your child struggles. As a pediatric dentist, I have made it my mission to help children with lip-ties & tongue-ties so that they don’t have to suffer the consequences of having to compensate for a restriction caused by a tiny string.”