Dentistry for Kids


At Los Gatos Family Dentistry, we are pleased to provide high-quality dental care for your entire family. Of course, that includes the smallest smiles in your family, so we offer dentistry for children starting at age one. 

Children’s Dentistry in Los Gatos

The first dental visit is a big step in your child’s life, and we realize that they—and you—might be apprehensive about it. Rest assured that our experienced Los Gatos children’s dentist understands and will do everything to ensure a fun and positive experience. 

Experience has taught us that children need to be approached on their level and at their pace. We have found that an excellent way to get kids accustomed to the idea of dentistry is to bring them with you for your dental appointment. 

We will take advantage of your child’s natural curiosity to familiarize him or her with our office and the tools we use. Another suggestion is for you to bring them to Los Gatos Family Dentistry when an older sibling has an appointment. 

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

When it’s time for your child’s first visit, just remember—we’ve got this. Dr. Patricia Phan and her team are responsive to the needs of our youngest patients and know what it takes to keep them engaged and interested.

The first visit for a child between the ages of 1-5 may be as simple as letting them sit in the dental chair and introducing them to “Mr. Tickles” and “Mr. Thirsty,” our tooth polisher and suction. Your child’s comfort level determines the extent of work we do during the visit, and we will never push them outside their boundaries. It is as important to us as it is to you that your child learns that dentistry is a positive experience.

Establishing Healthy Dental Habits

It is never too early to start helping your child establish healthy dental habits. Since your involvement is essential, our goal is to educate you and your child on how to develop and reinforce these habits so they last a lifetime. At Los Gatos Family Dentistry, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Protecting baby teeth is crucial, even though they are only temporary. Oral hygiene at home begins when your child gets their first baby tooth, and we will show you the proper technique. We will check to see if your child can benefit from fluoride applications or dental sealants and answer your questions about diet and habits like thumb-sucking. 

Working together, you and your Los Gatos children’s dentist can set your child on the path for positive oral habits and a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.

Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit

If it is time for your child’s first dental visit, or you have an older child who needs a dental exam or a tooth filling, please call Los Gatos Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment today.