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Santa Maria Essential At-Home Oral Care Tips

Nurturing healthy smiles for little ones

Preventive & restorative pediatric dental services

General anesthesia and minimally invasive cavity treatment available

Spanish-speaking pediatric dentist & staff

Pediatric special needs dentist in Santa Maria accepting Denti-Cal

Promoting healthy smiles, preventing childhood dental problems

Did you know tooth decay is the most common childhood disease in the US? At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to help. Our expert, Dr. Pedersen, educates parents and kids on healthy habits for a lifetime of happy smiles. Discover our essential at-home oral care tips for a healthy smile that lasts.

The power of healthy habits

Teaching children the importance of good oral care sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Every aspect contributes to their dental well-being, from the foods they eat to how they brush and floss. Here are some key steps to safeguarding their precious smiles.

Prioritize nutritious foods and drinks

A healthy diet strengthens teeth and gums, preventing dental issues. Limit sugary or acidic foods and focus on nutrient-dense options like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and calcium-rich foods.

Brush teeth twice daily

Teach proper brushing techniques: hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, use short strokes, and brush for at least 2 minutes. Make it fun by brushing together and letting kids choose their toothpaste and toothbrush.

Floss daily

Nightly flossing removes debris, prevents plaque buildup, and protects against tooth decay and gum disease. If flossing is challenging, encourage rinsing after meals to remove food particles.

Replace toothbrushes regularly

Replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months or sooner if bristles fray. Bacteria accumulation and worn-out bristles hinder effectiveness and increase the risk of illness.

Encourage a healthy lifestyle

Promote physical activity, balanced diets, avoiding tobacco, and staying hydrated for overall well-being, including oral health.

Safeguard teeth during play and sports

Prevent injuries by teaching not to eat or chew while active, avoiding hard or sharp objects, wearing helmets and seatbelts, and considering mouthguards for sports and high-speed activities.

Remember to schedule regular dental check-ups and teach your child good oral hygiene habits. You can set your child up for a lifetime of a healthy smile with little effort!

Did you know?

Denti-Cal and most dental insurances cover 100% of most pediatric dentistry treatments? Contact us to learn more about your specific coverage.

Hear from our patients


A really amazing experience! Dr. Pederson was so nice and welcoming. I am definitely excited to bring my kids back here in 6 months! Thank you Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry!

– Jasmine V.

Boost your kids’ at-home oral care with routine dental cleanings and exams!

Teaching your children proper at-home dental care as early as possible will help set the stage for good oral health throughout their entire lives. At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we can help support your child’s health with routine cleanings, exams, and comfortable and effective dental treatment.

Our friendly pediatric dental care team speaks Spanish and English and approaches every patient and family compassionately. We understand that going to the dentist can be stressful for kids, and we want to make the experience as gentle and welcoming as possible.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out what you can expect from your first visit. We can’t wait to welcome you and your child into our family!

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Denti-Cal & most insurance accepted

We are in network with most PPO dental insurances, and are the only local pediatric dental specialist accepting Denti-Cal. Not sure if your specific plan is accepted? Contact us today for a complimentary benefits check.

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No insurance? We’ve got you covered.

We offer an in-house discount plan and payment plans to help you afford care.

Our in-house discount plan includes:


  • 2 comprehensive exams and cleanings per year, including any needed x-rays
  • Discounts on any needed treatment

All Families Welcome

At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a comfortable dentistry experience to all families in our community.

We offer a full range of restorative and preventive services in a comforting and encouraging environment. At your child’s appointment, we’ll provide an update on their oral health and fill you in on any recommended treatments, including pediatric sedation dentistry.

You can trust Dr. Pedersen to provide a comfortable and encouraging oral health experience.

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Our Office

1414 S Miller St Suite J
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Get Directions

Call (805) 922-9626


Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm

Friday: 8am - 12pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Now Welcoming New Patients