Children’s dentistry in San Francisco for a lifetime of healthy smiles

A child’s earliest exposure to dental care has a lifetime influence on oral health. The team at West Portal Family Dentistry strives to make those initial experiences fun and educational, helping your child understand the rewards of a healthy, gorgeous smile. Children’s dentistry is one of our favorite aspects of caring for San Francisco smiles.

Baby’s first visit

We recommend starting your child’s professional dental care at age two (earlier, if you have concerns about oral development). We begin by familiarizing the child with the office environment. His or her teeth are brushed, and we gently demonstrate the sensations of air and water. Parents and child get instructions on brushing and flossing.

We discuss simple steps to prevent oral problems, such as:

  • Fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel and fight cavities.
  • Dental sealant to keep cavity-causing bacteria out of microscopic pits and grooves in enamel.
  • Athletic guards (for older children), to reduce risk of sports injuries to the teeth and mouth.

An extra layer of comfort

We offer sedation for children who are very nervous about dental care, or those needing extensive treatment. Nitrous oxide is a pleasant, inhaled gas that calms the child. It is very safe, and wears off immediately. We can also arrange for IV sedation, administered by an anesthesiologist, on request.

Trust and convenience

When your whole family receives care at West Portal Family Dentistry, children quickly grasp the trust and confidence you feel in our team. Even at an early age, it helps them understand that we are here to help. In addition, you get the convenience of appointments for multiple family members on the same day, for less travel and missed work time.

Let’s work together to be sure your child has a smile that radiates good health and confidence. Call West Portal Family Dentistry in San Francisco at (415) 604-9292 for children’s dentistry appointments.

Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice

A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Terri Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice.  She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.

Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.

A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.

Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients