Our Amazing Team7 Kids Dentists Under One Roof to Help Your Kids Smile
Joe Rawlins, DDS, MS Pediatric Dental Specialist Read More
Dr. Rawlins attended dental school in Dallas, Texas at Baylor College of Dentistry. Following dental school, he worked as an attending professor at Baylor College of Dentistry and is currently in the final stages of completing a PHD in developmental biology. He then completed an additional 2 years of specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Rawlins fell in love with Central California while visiting on vacation and decided to never leave.
Dr. Rawlins hobbies include running after his children, golf, skiing, and fly fishing.
Ryan Wittwer, DDS, MS Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist Read More
Dr. Wittwer attended dental school in Dallas, Texas at Baylor College of Dentistry. He then completed his pediatric specialty training at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is a board-certified pediatric dentist and has been in private practice for more than 5 years. Dr. Wittwer is excited to be a part of the Santa Cruz community!
Dr. Wittwer and his wife, Carolee, were raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Carolee was born in Northern California and her family lived there for many years. They are excited to return to her roots and raise their family in this beautiful area. They have two sons - Blake and Tyler, who are full of energy and always on the run.
Dr. Wittwer's favorite hobbies include reading and enjoying the outdoors with his family, especially road biking and snow skiing.
Mai Dinh, DDS, MSD Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist Read More
Dr. Mai Dinh attended U.C Berkeley for her undergraduate studies before completing dental school at U.C San Francisco. She then completed her pediatric specialty training and obtained her master's degree at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
As a specialist in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Dinh has received additional years of training in the treatment of very young children and those children with complex medical conditions. She is a member of multiple dental organizations including the American Dental Association, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Dinh grew up in France and moved to the U.S at the age of 14. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends, practicing yoga, and traveling.
Maryam Sarrafan, DDS Santa Cruz Kids Dentist Read More
Dr. Maryam Sarrafan is a San Jose native and graduated from U.C Berkeley for her undergraduate studies before completing dental school at U.C San Francisco. She then completed a residency which gave her additional training in pediatric dentistry, trauma care, and oral surgery.
Dr. Sarrafan enjoys running, biking traveling, and trying new foods when she’s not caring for your little ones’ health.
Keerthi Golla, DMD Pediatric Dental Specialist Read More
Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Keerthi Golla grew up in Philadelphia. She attained her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to complete her dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
When she’s not serving her community by providing excellent pediatric dental care, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their twin girls. Her hobbies include watching movies traveling, and trying new restaurants.
Jessica Ray, DDS Santa Cruz Kids Dentist Read More
A native of Santa Cruz, Dr. Jessica Ray attained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to complete her dental degree from the Loma Linda University and the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health.
When she’s not serving her friends and neighbors of Santa Cruz providing excellent oral health, she enjoys riding her Peloton bike, spending time with her family and their pet ball python Nina.
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First Visit Learn More
The first dental visit is the foundation of a growing relationship between our family dental office and your child. We feel it is important that your child becomes familiar with our office environment and staff as soon as their teeth start to appear.
At the new patient appointment, the dentist and staff will spend quality time getting to know you and your child. We teach your child to be comfortable with dentistry by explaining the procedures and demonstrating the equipment in a fun and imaginative way. The office visit will include a thorough oral examination, x-rays if required, a cleaning and fluoride application.
A complete review of your child’s medical health and any special needs or concerns will be addressed. More complicated procedures, such as fillings, should be done at a later visit after your child has become familiar with the office.
You and your child will be given an oral hygiene demonstration and nutrition counseling. You will receive a summary of your child’s oral health and future dental needs. We look forward to your visit and hope you and your child will have the dental experience of a lifetime.
Infant Care Learn More
We specialize in infant oral health exams and parent education. We recommend that both mom and dad come to their baby’s first visit. This early appointment is one of the best things you can do for your baby. Our doctors will examine your baby’s teeth, check for decay, make sure teeth are erupting in the right order, screen all the oral tissues for diseases, determine proper jaw development and give valuable information on infant oral care and proper nutrition.
Special Needs Care Learn More
We’re committed to providing the best dental care for all children regardless of their developmental or other special health care needs. We’re skilled in helping families who are faced with daily challenges, we have developed ways to be more efficient and decrease the stress of dental health at home and the dental office. Comprehensive oral health care is available in a gentle, understanding, environment for everyone.
Emergency Care Learn More
If you or your child is experiencing a dental emergency, please call us immediately. If you need urgent treatment after hours, please call our emergency number. If your child experiences any of the following: bitten lip or tongue, object caught in teeth, broken chipped or cracked tooth, knocked out tooth, loose tooth, toothache, broken jaw, or any other dental trauma, please contact us. For strategies to help in the meantime, please visit the Dental Emergency page.
Home Care Learn More
Prevention is always better than treatment. Brush your teeth twice daily using any soft-bristled, ADA approved toothbrush. We also recommend the use of modern electric toothbrushes such as Sonicare and Braun. Floss daily to remove plaque between teeth that you can't reach with regular brushing.
Always rinse thoroughly with water after brushing (or after meals if you are unable to brush). You may occasionally use a mouthwash to rinse. Children may benefit from the use of ACT fluoride rinse, to help prevent cavities from forming in between the teeth.
Tooth Eruption Learn More
It’s recommended that you bring your baby in for a visit six months after the first tooth erupts (usually around their first birthday). The earlier your child visits us, the quicker we can help you be aware of early problems with your child’s oral health, and how to best take care of your little one’s teeth. How to avoid cavities and setting a good example are important parts of your child’s health. During your first visit we’ll discuss these techniques.
Crowns Learn More
A crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a preformed crown is placed over the tooth. Unlike adult crowns, in which the crown is made to fit the tooth, which requires two appointments, baby crowns are placed in one visit, because the tooth is prepared to fit the crown.
Teens & Young Adults Learn More
Teens are caring, intelligent, passionate and understanding individuals with a keen sense of social justice, identity, and independence. We provide support and respect for our teens, tailoring oral health to their unique needs. Our goal is to create a trusting environment where they can feel comfortable learning about personal risks related to their oral health.
As teens enter into early adulthood they are faced with new risk factors for the development of tooth-related health problems including sports drinks, juice bars, coffee, hormonal changes, and mouth breathing.
Digital X‑Rays Learn More
Dental x-rays or radiographs allow the dentist to see things about your child's oral health that cannot be seen by the naked eye. These items include cysts, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, invisible decay that occurs between teeth, and the location of teeth that haven't grown all the way in.
Modern dental x-ray machines are very safe. We use only state-of-the-art, low radiation machines. The amount of radiation exposure your child's body receives on an airplane flight from Los Angeles to New York exceeds the amount of exposure they will receive from a modern dental x-ray machine. Contrast this minimal exposure with the risk of not finding an illness until it is too late, and you can see why we prescribe regular diagnostic x‑rays.
IV Sedation Learn More
We offer several sedation dentistry options depending on your child’s needs and how much treatment is needed. Nitrous oxide is a safe, effective option for children who are apprehensive about treatment and quickly dissipates with normal breathing after the treatment is completed.
In office IV sedation is provided for those children who have fear, anxiety or unease regarding dental treatment, a sensitive gag reflex, low pain thresholds, children with special needs and very young children. The anesthesia is provided by highly-trained, compassionate anesthesiologists from Bay Anesthesia Group
Thumb Sucking Learn More
Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of the permanent teeth can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and tooth alignment. How intensely a child sucks on fingers or thumbs will determine whether or not dental problems may result. Children who rest their thumbs passively in their mouths are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs.
Pacifiers are no substitute for thumb sucking. They can affect the teeth essentially the same way as sucking fingers and thumbs. However, use of the pacifier can be controlled and modified more easily than the thumb or finger habit. If you have concerns about thumb sucking or use of a pacifier, consult your pediatric dentist.
Sports Mouth Guards Learn More
We recommend mouth guards for all our sports active patients. A mouth protector minimizes the potential for tooth fracture or loss due to traumatic injury. In addition, it can reduce the concussive effects of certain head injuries. We provide pro-style mouth guards to all our patients free of charge once the permanent teeth are present.
Joe Rawlins, DDS, MS | Ryan Wittwer, DDS, MS | Mai Dinh, DDS, MSD | Maryam Sarrafan, DDS | Keerthi Golla, DDS | Alice Shoemaker, DDS | Jane Doe, DDS
1661 Soquel Drive, Building A
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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