Improving children’s oral health in San Luis Obispo County since 2003.


We accept new patients under age 13. Once established as a patient, a child may continue returning to TCDC until their 18th birthday, as long as their dental needs can be met.
Tooth decay, or cavities, is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Oral hygiene, diet, and genetics all play a role.
Pediatric dentists have additional experience and training for working with children. After becoming a dentist, they complete an additional two years of training focused on providing care to children, in conjunction with studying growth and development, special health needs and behavior management techniques.
A soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime. Gums can be wiped with a cloth to remove bacteria.
Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems.
The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the pediatric dentist.
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.