About Us

Children are not just tiny adults; they have special needs that must be addressed for them to receive proper care. Just as with general medicine, there are dentists who specialize in the care of children. Here at South Gaston Pediatric Dentistry, we are home to some of the best.

If you are searching for a dental provider who will listen to your concerns about your child’s oral health, makes them feel empowered when it comes to their own care, and makes certain you are always well informed when it comes down to making a decision, we are the dental home for you.

Here at South Gaston Pediatric Dentistry, we want every visit to be enjoyable, educational, and 100% positive for your child. Our mission is to help children develop the right habits for a healthy future while addressing any problems present, doing it all in an environment that is safe and welcoming. If you feel your child would best be served by a pediatric dentist, give us a call.

Why Should You Consider a Pediatric Dentist for Your Child?

Simply put, children have different needs than adults, both physically and emotionally. To be a pediatric dentist, one must complete a standard dental school program and then complete an additional two to three years of training focused exclusively on the treatment of children from infancy through their teenage years. Our doctors have completed this training and know how to create early dental experiences that put your child at ease while building confidence and knowledge. We are confident that we offer the best care for your child.


Our top priority is caring for your child’s oral health through
education, prevention, positive motivation and quality treatment.

Meet Dr. Charles Cooke

Dr. Charles Cooke, DDS, MS

CookeDr. Cooke is a pediatric dentist, which means he specializes in offers gentle and reliable oral health care to patients from birth until the age of 18, as well as those with special needs.

Dr. Cooke received his specialization in pediatric dentistry at Temple University Hospital, located in Philadelphia. He obtained his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. However, his interests extend beyond dentistry; in fact, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Duke University, so if your child loves music, they will have a lot to talk about.

Dr. Cooke is also focused on giving back to his community and helping the less fortunate worldwide. He has served with various local organizations to provide area residents with much-needed dental care even when the cost was out of their reach. Internationally, he has served on global dentist missions, traveling to Florianopolis, Brazil and Lilongwe, Malawi.

While he is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Cooke now calls Gastonia home. He is an avid Duke basketball fan, and he enjoys sports, music, cooking, and traveling with his beautiful wife Beatrice.

Meet Dr. Oscar Mvula

Dr. Oscar Mvula, DDS

MvulaDr. Mvula earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2007 and received his Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 2011. During his dental training, he visited a pediatric dental practice and realized that this is where he wanted to focus his career. As a result, as soon as he had his dental degree in hand, he began pursuing additional training to become a pediatric dentist.

He completed his pediatric dentistry training program at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York. Upon completion of this program, he became a board-certified pediatric dentist and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is incredibly proud of his accomplishments and honored to serve young patients in the Gastonia area.

Dr. Mvula is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but has called North Carolina home for the last 13 years. He speaks English, French, Lingala, and Sango. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

 

Dr. Cooke and Dr. Mvula truly enjoy working with and teaching children. Their passion and enthusiasm for teaching kids the skills necessary for excellent oral health is seen through the fun and energetic environment created for their patients.
Dr. Cooke and Dr. Mvula hope to make every experience a positive one for their patients, and they hope that through positive reinforcement and motivation they can encourage patients and parents to invest in excellent oral health.
Dr. Cooke and Dr. Mvula are both members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Southeastern society of pediatric dentistry, the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the North Carolina Dental Society.

 

membership associations

ada Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry North Carolina Dental Society North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Dr. Rutledge

Dr. Carson Rutledge, DDS

rutledgeWorking with kids has always been a large passion for Dr. Rutledge. At a young age he began volunteering with a therapeutic horseback riding program in his hometown of Virginia Beach, VA where he served as a mentor for kids with special needs.

He attended Clemson University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2010 and went on to earn his Doctorate at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Following graduation, Dr. Rutledge moved to San Diego where he completed a two-year postdoctoral program in advanced education in pediatric dentistry through NYU Lutheran Medical Center in conjunction with Rady Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Rutledge grew up in a very active family and sports have always been core outlets for him. In his free time Dr. Rutledge enjoys traveling, snowboarding, watersports, horseback riding, and playing basketball and soccer.

Meet Dr. Wong

Dr. Wong, DDS

wongDr. Wong is happy to call Charlotte her home after practicing and residing in Northern Kentucky, Southern California and upstate New York. She received her DDS from the University of Michigan and then completed her pediatric residency at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Dr. Wong is originally from Peru and, therefore, is fluent in Spanish. Throughout her education, she has made an effort to help those in underserved populations by treating children of migrant farmers in Michigan, volunteering for the Crowe Indian Reservation in Montana, and treating Hispanic children throughout various dental clinics in Los Angeles.

On a more personal note, Dr. Wong enjoys spending time with her husband, son and fur children (Cheeto and Brownie). In her spare time she enjoys riding bikes, playing badminton, cooking, traveling and pilates.

Meet Dr. Lisa

Dr. Lisa, DDS

lisaDr. Lisa has always had a passion for working with kids, and looks forward each day to helping children with their dental needs.

A native of Charlotte, Dr. Lisa is thrilled to be practicing dentistry in her hometown! She attended UNC Chapel hill for her undergraduate studies, and later received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland. After receiving her doctorate, she then completed a pediatric dental residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital which is often ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Lisa specializes in treating the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special healthcare needs.

When not treating patients, Dr. Lisa enjoys hiking, sports, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Our Anesthesiologist

Dr. Charles F. Cangemi, JR, DDS, MS

cangemiDr. Cangemi was born to be an anesthesiologist in a dental practice. It might sound odd, but he has been interested in both anesthesiology and dentistry since as far back as he can remember. He completed dental school at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, where he received the Grover C. Hunter Jr. Award for academic and clinical excellence in Periodontics. He then completed a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, also at the University of North Carolina. It was after he began his private practice that he decided to get his certification in intravenous sedation.

He soon decided that he needed to truly pursue both of his passions, and as a result, he sold his practice and began his anesthesiology residency and a masters program in anesthesiology at Ohio State University. This was a comprehensive program that allowed him to become a master in all areas of medical anesthesiology. After obtaining a Certificate of Residency in Anesthesiology as well as a Master’s Degree in Anesthesiology from Ohio State University, he began providing anesthesiology services for general dentists, pediatric dentists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

Dr. Cangemi is a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, an American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Fellow, a member of the Anesthesia Advisory Committee and an Anesthesia Examiner for the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners, an author of publications in dental and anesthesiology journals, and an anesthesia lecturer. He is certified in pediatric advanced life support, advanced cardiac life support, and basic life support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Testimonials

Came because you were in-network, but we will stay because it was a good experience. Dr. Oscar explained my daughter’s cavity issues much better than previous dentist. Patiently answering my questions.
-Anonymous
We had the best experience. Everyone was so friendly and professional. I was very impressed and appreciated the treats and balloons for the boys. Thank you for providing such great care.
-Wilkes’ Mom
The entire staff was super caring and took my son’s special needs into consideration.
-Damien’s Mom
Loved this office! So warm and friendly. The doctor was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. Thanks!
-Zander’s mom
The hygienists are always so sweet and patient with the little ones! Dr. Cooke is wonderful and puts the kids at ease. We always look forward to our visit here. Thank you.
-Parker’s Mom
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We love you guys!! You are awesome and our son LOVES coming! He was so excited to brush his teeth that evening!! =)
-Christopher’s Mom

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