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San Marcos Pediatric Dentist for Children’s Dental Care

Our Experts Provide Your Child With Their Healthiest Smile

encinitas pediatric dentistOur compassionate, experienced San Marcos pediatric dentist loves to work with children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. We understand that kids have unique dental needs, and we take our responsibility seriously when you choose to entrust us with your child’s dental health. Dr. McElroy has significant expertise with pediatric dentistry, which he combines with state-of-the-art dental technology to ensure that your child’s developing mouth receives the necessary attention and care.

We also prioritize your child’s emotional comfort during every dental visit. We know that early visits to the dentist can strongly affect your child’s relationship with dental providers for the rest of their life. Our providers will never try to push kids; our goal is to make their appointments pleasant and fun for a positive lifelong relationship with dental care!

Learn more about children’s dental care below.

The Best Time To Bring Your Child to Our Dentist

encinitas pediatric dentist officeFirst, we encourage you to bring your young child with you to your own routine dental visit. This allows them to see you feeling comfortable at your visit. It also lets them become acquainted with our team and office.

As for your child, our pediatric dentist advises that you bring them for their first visit between 24 months and 3 years of age. At this age, we can easily start to keep track of the growth and development of your child’s teeth.

What Happens During Your Child’s First Visit

Your child’s first visit will be an opportunity to develop a sense of safety and comfort with Dr. McElroy and our team. Our team will smile and laugh with your child while we introduce them to the basic sights and sounds of our office.

Did you know that the dentist’s chair can feel as fun as a trip to the amusement park? With our children’s dental hygienist, you won’t doubt it! Her captivating energy and sincere love for kids will have your child looking forward to their next visit with excitement.

Call our dental office at 760-230-6638 or click here to schedule your child’s “Big Grins First Visit” at our office. We look forward to helping your child on their path to a lifetime of great dental health!

Does Your Child Need Dental Care? Our San Marcos Pediatric Dentist Can Help!

5 star rated encinitas pediatric dentist for bracesOur dentist is trained to identify early orthodontic issues and automatically looks for any potential developmental problems during your child’s regular dental exams. If we find crowded teeth, crooked teeth, or issues with the palate, or if you have any concerns of your own, we are happy to recommend and refer you to an experienced and reputable dentist. Our dentist has developed relationships with top-rated, excellent dentists in the area. We can help you choose the best dentist to meet the needs and temperament of your child.

To schedule your child’s next dental health exam and teeth cleaning, call our pediatric dental office at 760-230-6638. To learn about our $99 Dr. McElroy New Patient Dental Health Exam, click here. We look forward to meeting you!

Our 5-Star-Rated San Marcos Pediatric Dentist Provides Experienced & Enjoyable Dentistry for Children, Including Dental Cleanings, Sealants & Orthodontic Recommendations – Serving Encinitas, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido & San Diego, CA

Your Top-Rated Dentist in Encinitas, CA

"This is a fantastic Dentist, McElroy and the associates in the office are amazing. Our daughters enjoy every time they are here. Very good practice, highly suggested!!"

- Cody H.

"I would definitely recommend Smiles By Design dental office to anyone who is looking for a personable, honest, thorough, and professional dentist. Dr. McElroy and his staff make you feel so comfortable, you forget you are at the dentist!! Highly recommend!"

- Kelly C.

"Had my first appointment at McElroy smiles by design, and the staff was so friendly and informative. It was an enjoyable experience and I plan on going back in the future."

- Isaac W.

"Thanks to everyone in the office! Great service and very punctual. Dr.McElroy is a wonderful dentist, he is very professional and friendly. He does what it takes to do the job perfectly— even if it requires extra time. I needed a lot of work when I first came to the office, but now when its all done, I love the outcome and my new smile! I am stoked!!"

- Wera S.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of McElroy Smiles. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

What To Expect On Your First Visit

Dr. McElroy is excited to provide you a $99 new patient special!


Discuss Your Goals With Dr. McElroy


Thorough Exam & Professional Cleaning


Digital X-Rays


Discuss Your Potential Treatment Options


Bonus: Free copy of Dr. McEroy’s Book