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Santa Barbara & Montecito

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Why should children go to the dentist?

You want nothing but the best for your children. That’s why we invest in our patient families, providing comprehensive and preventive care to patients of all ages. If you’re looking for a children’s dentist Santa Barbara and Montecito count on, you can feel confident knowing Dr. Martinez has the training, experience, and tools at her fingertips to care for you and your child’s smile the very best way possible.

Your child could be experiencing:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Damaged or knocked-out teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Grinding their teeth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods or beverages
  • A baby tooth that is not coming out while the permanent tooth is trying to grow in
little girl laughing after visiting the children's dentist in Santa Barbara

Meet Dr. Ana Martinez

After graduating at the top of her class in Peru in 1997, Dr. Martinez did a two-year residency in dentistry, then completed an internship at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany as well as a three-year residency at the University of Connecticut. She has extensive experience and wants to help patients of all ages get to the root of their problems.

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We love treating patients of all ages. Schedule appointments for the whole family now!


Why is it important to start early?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as our office, recommends that children receive professional hygiene exams and cleanings every 6 months. Prevention is always better than treatment.

Any children’s dentist in Montecito and Santa Barbara can agree. By actively participating in the prevention of disease and decay through regular home care, professional exams, and cleanings, as well as preventive dentistry such as sealants, you can play a key role in helping your child maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. In fact, many adult oral health conditions can be prevented if caught at an early age!


Why is getting oral and dental care important for children?

One of the most important things to remember about pediatric oral hygiene is that taking care of your child’s teeth now will lead to a healthy future for them. At Riviera Smiles in Santa Barbara, we know that a child’s first tooth serves a purpose from the moment it comes in and will continue to do so for the rest of their lives. For that reason, we offer only the best services and treatments at our location to help children maintain and care for their teeth long-term.

What kind of services do we offer in Santa Barbara

At our Santa Barbara location, we provide a variety of services to our patients that may enhance their teeth’s long-term health.

Our services include the following:

  • Cavity fillings
  • Regular teeth cleanings
  • Extractions
  • Teeth maintenance
  • X-Rays
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Gum cleaning and more

How much will your children’s dental care cost?

It’s understandable that you want to know how much your children’s visit will cost. However, each child will need different services and treatments, so the cost will be different for each child. Most of the time, services start at $100 for a cleaning, and other, more serious treatments will cost upwards of $500 or more.

Why choose Riviera Smiles for your children’s dentistry care?

A beautiful smile begins with proper dental hygiene, which should be established at an early age. We know that their first visits to the dentist will have a big impact on how they think about oral health and how they take care of their teeth in the future. Our Santa Barbara dentists ensure that your children experience a positive appointment in a caring and fun environment. Our experts also strive to provide the following:

  • We give gentle care in a friendly place and environment.
  • We try not to give your child any unnecessary worries or fears that might keep them from getting treatment in the future.
  • We listen to all of your worries and concerns and help you find a way to make dental care at home easy and fun for the children.

Call the experienced staff at Riviera Smiles in Santa Barbara to make sure your child’s dental care is gentle and comfortable for them. You can reach out to us by phone or fill out a form and one of our experts will reach out to you shortly with the next steps.

Experienced pediatric dentistry at Riviera Smiles

Dr. Martinez has more than 13 years of experience in all areas of dentistry, including family and children’s dentistry. Her past background as a children’s dentist has helped her realize that children need a place where they can feel safe, encouraged, and have fun while their oral health needs are being met. With an emphasis on prevention, detection, and early intervention, you can trust your child’s smile will stay strong and healthy for a lifetime.

We cannot stress how important it is for your child to begin regularly seeing their pediatric dentist in Santa Barbara and Montecito from an early age. Call Riviera Smiles to schedule your child’s first dental appointment with Dr. Martinez today!

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