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Compassionate, Conservative Pediatric Dentistry That Goes The Extra Mile

Your child’s smile lights up your life every day, and Dr. Sambath Tiep (Dr. Sam) wants to help it stay that way! At Bright Pediatric Smiles, parents can find a caring and warm atmosphere where their son or daughter will always feel welcomed, whether they’ve just gotten their first baby tooth or are starting to fill out applications for college. Having positive experiences at the dental office can influence a child’s attitude towards oral hygiene well into adulthood, and our team can’t wait to get them started on the right foot.

Interested in learning more about why our pediatric dental office is the right choice for your family? Keep reading below, or contact us in Poway, CA today.

Our Mission

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At Bright Pediatric Smiles, our mission is simple: to provide gentle and compassionate pediatric dentistry tailored to the unique needs of your family. Every child is different — and no one understands this better than Dr. Sam. As a mother of two, she believes strongly in the power of family guiding long-term oral and overall health.

With a warm, conservative approach — our caring team works hard to be a resource for families in and around Poway, as well as the neighboring San Diego communities of Rancho Bernardo and Escondido. Utilizing dentistry’s latest technology, along with a practical and comprehensive approach, Dr. Sam is dedicated to not only finding the best solution for immediate care — but also partnering with parents to help develop long-term healthy habits that last a lifetime.

Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

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As a Board-Certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Sam has undergone multiple years of advanced training and completed rigorous examinations in order to prove her expertise and dedication for treating growing smiles. She’s also the proud mother of two special little girls! Her experience makes her capable of handling even complex dental problems, and her uniquely gentle touch is a perfect fit for all types of children.

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Minimally-Invasive Dentistry

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At Bright Pediatric Smiles, our team will always strive to help growing patients prevent major dental problems through dedicated preventive care. If a cavity or other damage does occur despite our best efforts, Dr. Sam will address it as conservatively as possible, preserving teeth (whether they’re the baby or adult versions) and helping your son or daughter stay comfortable in the treatment chair. Extensive procedures will never be our first recommendation!

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Parents Welcome in Rooms

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Many children are too young to be taken away from their parent when visiting the dentist’s office, or maybe they simply become anxious and frightened when it’s time to sit alone in the treatment chair. Dr. Sam will never force this separation before they’re ready! Parents are always welcomed to join us in our ‘Open Bay’ of dental chairs, where your child may sit and watch other children cooperating for their cleanings or see how their older siblings enjoy their visits. This will help them gain the confidence to be a great patient too! We also have our bright blue and green rooms for those families who want some more privacy. Whether we’re working on a full-blown procedure or a simple checkup and cleaning. Your son or daughter’s comfort and trust means the world to us, and if they really need Mom and Dad by their side, that’s perfectly fine.

All-Digital & Safe

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All-digital x-rays produce up to 80% less radiation compared to their traditional counterparts –– an important distinction to make when working with young children. Our office is completely digital, and we take the health, safety, and wellbeing of your little ones to heart.

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Special Needs Welcome

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If your child has autism, a developmental disorder, behavioral impairments, or other special needs, they may actually have a higher risk of developing dental problems over time. Don’t worry, though – your family is always welcome here at Bright Pediatric Smiles! As a Board-Certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Sam has received advanced training in special needs care, and sedation dentistry is also available here in Poway to create a safer, more comfortable environment for your son or daughter.

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Dental Insurance Maximized

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Paying for your child’s oral healthcare shouldn’t have to be a stressful or overcomplicated experience! Dr. Sam is in-network with several major PPO insurance plans, and our knowledgeable team members will be happy to help families navigate their available benefits in order to make needed services as affordable as possible.

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