Pediatric Dentistry Practitioners in California

Los Angeles (100)San Diego (66)San Francisco (56)San Jose (36)Irvine (32)
Fresno (29)Sacramento (26)Bakersfield (19)Fremont (19)Torrance (18)Oxnard (16)Huntington Beach (16)Santa Ana (14)Berkeley (14)Santa Monica (14)Oakland (14)Roseville (14)Long Beach (14)Modesto (13)Mission Viejo (13)Riverside (13)Chula Vista (13)Carlsbad (13)Valencia (13)Anaheim (12)Glendale (12)Salinas (11)Temecula (11)Encino (11)Redlands (11)Santa Rosa (11)Sunnyvale (10)Escondido (10)Loma Linda (10)Newport Beach (10)Burbank (10)San Marcos (10)Simi Valley (9)Santa Maria (9)Antioch (9)Santa Barbara (9)Walnut Creek (9)San Ramon (9)San Rafael (9)Monterey (8)Palo Alto (8)Fullerton (8)Yorba Linda (8)Beverly Hills (8)Woodland Hills (8)Tustin (8)Fairfield (8)San Mateo (8)Los Gatos (8)Whittier (8)Rocklin (8)Redwood City (7)Hayward (7)Aliso Viejo (7)Santee (7)Pasadena (7)Encinitas (7)Downey (7)Northridge (7)Danville (7)South Gate (7)Pleasanton (7)Rancho Cucamonga (7)Murrieta (7)Stockton (7)Corona (7)Manhattan Beach (7)Garden Grove (7)Tarzana (6)Concord (6)Glendora (6)Chico (6)Redding (6)Alameda (6)Tracy (6)Camarillo (6)Mountain View (6)Cupertino (6)Chino (6)Livermore (6)West Covina (6)Laguna Hills (6)Novato (6)Arcadia (6)Oceanside (6)San Gabriel (6)Orange (6)Foster City (6)Cypress (6)Laguna Niguel (5)West Hills (5)Montebello (5)Sherman Oaks (5)Morgan Hill (5)El Cajon (5)El Dorado Hills (5)Napa (5)Rancho Santa Margarita (5)Elk Grove (5)Brentwood (5)Jackson (5)Pinole (5)Vista (5)Santa Clara (5)South San Francisco (5)La Mesa (5)Manteca (5)Chino Hills (5)Yuba City (5)West Hollywood (5)Palmdale (4)Agoura Hills (4)Alhambra (4)Woodland (4)Westlake Village (4)Buena Park (4)Pleasant Hill (4)Carmichael (4)Upland (4)Union City (4)Cerritos (4)Citrus Heights (4)Merced (4)Redondo Beach (4)Thousand Oaks (4)Clovis (4)Covina (4)South Pasadena (4)Dana Point (4)Solana Beach (4)Lancaster (4)San Bernardino (4)Diamond Bar (4)Dublin (4)Ontario (4)Gardena (4)Hawthorne (4)San Luis Obispo (4)Claremont (3)La Habra (3)Inglewood (3)San Pedro (3)Hollister (3)Hemet (3)La Jolla (3)Hacienda Heights (3)La Mirada (3)San Fernando (3)Folsom (3)Fair Oaks (3)Eureka (3)San Dimas (3)Ladera Ranch (3)Lawndale (3)Los Alamitos (3)South Lake Tahoe (3)Los Altos (3)Daly City (3)Mammoth Lakes (3)Costa Mesa (3)Reseda (3)La Canada Flintridge (3)Menlo Park (3)Milpitas (3)National City (3)Castro Valley (3)Newbury Park (3)Poway (3)Vacaville (3)Newhall (3)Valley Center (3)Ventura (3)Canyon Country (3)Canoga Park (3)Pismo Beach (3)Brea (3)Benicia (3)North Hollywood (3)Westminster (3)Belmont (3)Aptos (3)Petaluma (3)Paso Robles (3)Foothill Ranch (3)

Learn more about Pediatric Dentistry Practitioners

A pediatric dentist specializes in the dental needs of children and adolescents. Pediatric dentists focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity (mouth, teeth and gums) and the maxillofacial area (head, neck, face and jaw). Pediatric dentists also maintain the function and appearance of these areas. The overall goal of pediatric dentists is to help their patients maintain a healthy mouth, teeth and gums and establish healthy, lifelong oral habits.

A pediatric dentist typically:

 
  • Evaluates the patient's dental and medical history and performs an oral and dental exam

  • Educates patients about dental conditions and diseases, good oral hygiene, and oral disease prevention

  • Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests, such as X-rays and saliva tests

  • Prescribes medications, including antibiotics and pain medications

  • Diagnoses oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions based on an evaluation of tests and exams

  • Provides preventive oral and dental care including dental cleanings and fluoride treatments

  • Treats various oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions including tooth decay, gum disease, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

  • Works closely with other dental specialists and doctors as needed to ensure optimal care

A pediatric dentist may also be known by the following terms: pedodontist, kids dentist, dentist for children, children's dentist, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

There are 1552 specialists practicing Pediatric Dentistry in California with an overall average rating of 4.5 stars. There are 131 hospitals in California with affiliated Pediatric Dentistry specialists, including Children's Hospital Of Orange County, Cedars - Sinai Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.