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Meet Dr. Lawrence Dinkes


Lawrence Dinkes, DDS — Pediatric Dentist, Retired

When I founded Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, it was to treat patients the way I always wanted to be treated but never was. What most people don’t know about me is that I am a dental-phobe. Hard to believe? Yes, I know what it is to dislike going to the dentist, and it has been my life’s work to create a dental care environment for people who feel as I do!

I consider dentistry to be a vehicle to be of service to my community. I am honored that my patients allow me to be part of their lives.

It is my mission to create a dental practice entirely different from those I experienced while growing up: to “treat people right,” with sensitivity and respect for their concerns and fears, and the ongoing use of the most cutting-edge technologies and methods to achieve lifelong dental health.

Education and Continuing Education

  • SUNY at Binghamton – BA, organic chemistry
  • New York University College of Dentistry – Doctorate of Dental Surgery
  • Board certified, pediatric dentistry
  • Montefiore Medical Center – general practice residency
  • Montefiore Medical Center – pediatric dentistry certificate

Positions Held

  • Fairleigh Dickinson School of Dentistry – assistant professor of pediatric dentistry
  • Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, New York City – director of dentistry
  • Bridgeport Hospital staff
  • Bridgeport Surgical Center staff


  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, membership committee
  • American Dental Association
  • American Society of Dentistry for Children Foundation
  • Connecticut Society of Pediatric Dentists, vice president
  • Connecticut State Dental Association
  • Bridgeport Dental Association
  • Alpha Omega


  • American Association of Hospital Dentists, fellowship awarded
  • Board certification, pediatric dentistry

Outside the Office

I live in Trumbull with my wife, Ellen. We have two daughters and three grandchildren. An avid cyclist, I also enjoy skiing, hiking, kayaking, and playing golf. I love being outdoors. If I could practice outdoors, that would be wonderful!