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Children’s Dentistry in Encinitas, CA

encinitas pediatric dentistYour Child’s Healthiest Smile Begins with McElroy Smiles By Design

Our skilled and friendly Encinitas general dentists love to work with children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. We know kids have unique needs when going to the dental office, and we take our responsibility seriously when you choose to entrust your child’s dental care to us. Our dentists have significant expertise with pediatric dentistry, which they combine with state-of-the-art dental technology. In this way, we ensure that your child’s developing mouth receives the attention and care it needs and deserves.

Of equal importance to your child’s dental health is their emotional comfort. We realize that these early visits to our Encinitas dental office can strongly affect your child’s relationship with dental health for the rest of their life.  We never try to push kids so they wind up afraid of the dentist’s office. We want your child’s appointment to be as fun and comfortable as possible, and we want them to develop a life-long relationship with positive dental health practices.

Come experience McElroy Smiles By Design! You will see our Encinitas general dentists offer affordable dental care for children in Encinitas, CA, Carlsbad, CA, San Marcos, CA, Vista, CA, Oceanside, CA, Solana Beach, CA, Del Mar, CA, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, Escondido, CA and San Diego, CA.

Learn more about children’s dental care below.

When Should You First Bring Your Child to Our Encinitas General Dentists?

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

As for your child’s own first visit, our Encinitas general dentists advise that your child’s initial visit occur 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 Will Happen in Your Child’s First Visit?

Your child’s very first visit will largely be an opportunity to develop a sense of safety and enjoyment with our dentists, 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 hygienist, you won’t doubt it for a moment! 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” with one of our Encinitas general dentists for children. We look forward to helping your child on their path to a lifetime of dental health!

Wondering If Your Child Needs Orthodontic Care? Our Encinitas General Dentists Can Help!

5 star rated encinitas pediatric dentist for bracesOur Encinitas dentists are trained to identify early orthodontic issues, and we automatically look for any potential developmental problems during your child’s regular dental exams. If your child’s exam reveals 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 dentists have developed relationships with some excellent dentists in the area, and 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 dental office in Encinitas, CA, 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 Encinitas General Dentists Provide 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


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