Pediatric Dentistry Practitioners in California

Los Angeles (102)San Diego (68)San Francisco (63)San Jose (42)Irvine (33)
Fresno (32)Sacramento (32)Torrance (22)Bakersfield (21)Fremont (21)Chula Vista (18)Huntington Beach (18)Long Beach (18)Riverside (18)Oxnard (17)Mission Viejo (16)Oakland (15)Roseville (15)Santa Monica (15)Berkeley (14)Carlsbad (14)Encino (14)Santa Ana (14)Temecula (14)Modesto (13)Santa Rosa (13)Valencia (13)Anaheim (12)Burbank (12)Glendale (12)Redlands (12)Salinas (12)Sunnyvale (12)Walnut Creek (12)Escondido (11)Rancho Cucamonga (11)Simi Valley (11)Antioch (10)Beverly Hills (10)Corona (10)Loma Linda (10)Newport Beach (10)San Marcos (10)San Ramon (10)Santa Barbara (10)Stockton (10)Tustin (10)Fairfield (9)Los Gatos (9)Northridge (9)Orange (9)Pasadena (9)Rocklin (9)San Rafael (9)Santa Maria (9)South Gate (9)Yorba Linda (9)Citrus Heights (8)Cypress (8)Downey (8)Hayward (8)La Mesa (8)Livermore (8)Manteca (8)Monterey (8)Murrieta (8)Palo Alto (8)Pleasanton (8)Redwood City (8)San Mateo (8)Whittier (8)Woodland Hills (8)Brea (7)Concord (7)Danville (7)Encinitas (7)Foster City (7)Fullerton (7)Manhattan Beach (7)Vista (7)West Covina (7)Arcadia (6)Brentwood (6)Buena Park (6)Camarillo (6)Chico (6)Cupertino (6)El Cajon (6)Elk Grove (6)Garden Grove (6)Glendora (6)Laguna Hills (6)Lancaster (6)Morgan Hill (6)Mountain View (6)Napa (6)Novato (6)Oceanside (6)Palmdale (6)San Gabriel (6)Santa Clara (6)Santee (6)Tarzana (6)Tracy (6)Alameda (5)Alhambra (5)Aliso Viejo (5)Chino Hills (5)Chino (5)Covina (5)El Dorado Hills (5)Hawthorne (5)Jackson (5)Montebello (5)Ontario (5)Pinole (5)Pleasant Hill (5)Rancho Santa Margarita (5)Redding (5)Sherman Oaks (5)South San Francisco (5)Thousand Oaks (5)Union City (5)West Hills (5)West Hollywood (5)Yuba City (5)Bellflower (4)Belmont (4)Carmichael (4)Clovis (4)Costa Mesa (4)Dana Point (4)Diamond Bar (4)Dublin (4)Folsom (4)Foothill Ranch (4)Gardena (4)Hacienda Heights (4)Hemet (4)Hesperia (4)Inglewood (4)La Habra (4)La Jolla (4)Laguna Niguel (4)Los Alamitos (4)Milpitas (4)Petaluma (4)Redondo Beach (4)San Bernardino (4)San Luis Obispo (4)Santa Cruz (4)Solana Beach (4)South Pasadena (4)Upland (4)Vacaville (4)Ventura (4)Westlake Village (4)Agoura Hills (3)Aptos (3)Artesia (3)Benicia (3)Campbell (3)Canoga Park (3)Canyon Country (3)Castro Valley (3)Cerritos (3)Claremont (3)Compton (3)Daly City (3)Eureka (3)Fair Oaks (3)Hollister (3)La Canada Flintridge (3)La Mirada (3)Ladera Ranch (3)Lawndale (3)Los Altos (3)Mammoth Lakes (3)Martinez (3)Menifee (3)Menlo Park (3)Merced (3)Monrovia (3)Moreno Valley (3)National City (3)Newbury Park (3)Norco (3)North Hollywood (3)Paso Robles (3)Pismo Beach (3)Placentia (3)Pomona (3)Poway (3)Reseda (3)San Carlos (3)San Clemente (3)San Dimas (3)San Fernando (3)San Leandro (3)San Pedro (3)Santa Clarita (3)South Lake Tahoe (3)Valley Center (3)Van Nuys (3)Westminster (3)Woodland (3)

Learn more about Pediatric Dentists

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 1735 specialists practicing Pediatric Dentistry in California with an overall average rating of 4.4 stars. There are 130 hospitals in California with affiliated Pediatric Dentistry specialists, including Children's Hospital Of Orange County, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center.