Laji J. James, D.D.S.
Dr. Laji James is an enthusiastic and gentle dentist who strives for clinical excellence in dentistry and an exceptional dental experience for each child he meets. He believes that dentistry for the infant, child, and adolescent should be focused on prevention of dental disease through education about oral hygiene, nutrition, and a coordinated approach between parents and the dental team. Dr. James and his team strive to make dental visits positive for youngsters through a unique combination of patience, fun, and teaching.
Dr. James has been a proud resident of Houston, Texas since 1980. He has an extensive academic background with a very strong work ethic. Dr. James graduated from Bellaire High School with high honors (magna cum laude). He then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and graduated again with high honors (magna cum laude). Dr. James then received his dental degree and specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio graduating in the top of his class with honors (cum laude) and several awards and scholarships.
Dr. James has extensive training in pediatric dentistry and various aspects of pediatric medicine. Dr. James completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry after graduating from dental school. His training included externships at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Dallas, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. James also received Anesthesiology training at University Hospital in San Antonio, Hematology and Pediatric Medicine at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio. He is Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and has been designated as a Diplomate.
Dr. James is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Houston Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Greater Houston Dental Society. He has held various leadership positions in these organizations and volunteered his time to numerous community projects. He has served as the President of the Houston Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Dental Society. He has chaired community outreach programs such as Give Kids A Smile Day at the University of Texas Dental School. Dr. James has made several mission trips to Mexico with the Christian Medical and Dental Society and volunteered for the Texas Mission of Mercy events.
Dr. James also enjoyed conducting dental research as a student and resident and has published articles in several scientific journals. For two consecutive years, he won 1st place at the annual Research Science Symposium at the University of Texas Health Science Center. While at UT, he was awarded the Pierre Fauchard Academy Dental Scholarship Award, Franklin M. Dolwick Oral Surgery Scholarship, ASDA Award of Excellence, UTHSCSA Alumni Scholarship, and American Society of Dentistry for Children Award.
Dr. James has often been recognized in numerous publications such as H Texas Magazine, Houstonia Magazine, America’s Top Dentists, and Texas Monthly’s Super Dentists as one of the outstanding pediatric dentists in the state.
Dr. James is dedicated to the oral healthcare of children and is an earnest child advocate. He strives for excellence in practice by continuing educational opportunities with special focus in nutrition, growth, and development
Dr. James and his wife have two children, Sophia and Nathan. His favorite hobbies include reading, music and travel.
Dr. James' Great Hygienists
Rae Cardinale and Kim Forward are our wonderful dental hygienists. They have worked in the field of dental hygiene and pediatric care for over 3 decades. Rae and Kim are dedicated to providing excellent dentistry while showing compassion to our patients and their parents. Sometimes, there is even some singing involved.