Now Accepting New Patients

Santa Maria Teen Dentist

Teen Dental Health for a Brighter Future

Preventive & restorative pediatric dental services

General anesthesia and minimally invasive cavity treatment

Spanish speaking pediatric dentist & staff

We accept Denti-Cal!

Healthy Teeth, Happy Teens

We believe that a healthy smile is a foundation for a confident and happy future. With the right dental care, your teen can have a bright, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Plus, forming good habits when it comes to taking care of their teeth will make things a lot easier for them down the road.

At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we understand the unique challenges that teens face when it comes to their dental health, which is why we offer a wide range of services designed specifically for them. From routine cleanings to orthodontic treatments, we’re here to help your teen child achieve the best possible dental health.

Don’t wait any longer! Give your teen the gift of a healthy smile and a happy life with our top-notch teen dentistry services. Request an appointment today.

Benefits of working with Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry for your teen’s smile

  • Our staff is specially trained to work with teens from all educational and developmental backgrounds.
  • We offer general anesthesia to ensure your teen can undergo the treatment they need with less stress and discomfort.
  • We offer most treatments in-office, so your teen child will always work with a familiar dental team.
  • We accept Denti-Cal and many other payment and financing options to ensure you can afford your teenager’s care.

Is teen dentistry covered by insurance?

While every insurance policy is different, most insurance plans cover at least a portion of teen dentistry treatments. Contact us for full details of your 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.

How can I help my teen prepare for their first dental visit?

Educate them on the importance of dental health.

Explain to them why regular dental visits are important and how they can help prevent future dental problems.

Schedule an appointment at a convenient time.

Make sure to schedule the appointment at a time that works well for your teen’s schedule so they feel relaxed.

Review their medical history.

Ensure to provide the dentist with a complete medical and dental history, including any medications they take.

Prepare a list of questions.

Encourage your child to write down any questions they have and bring the list with them to the appointment.

Inform them of what to expect.

Explain to your child what will happen during the appointment and what to expect so they are not anxious or frightened.

Practice good oral hygiene.

Make sure your teen brushes and flosses regularly before their appointment.

By following these steps, your child can feel confident and prepared for their first dental visit, which can help set the foundation for a lifetime of good dental health.

At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, our staff is specially trained to work with teens from all educational and developmental backgrounds. Rest assured that your teen will be in the best hands!

Questions about your teen’s first dental visit? Contact us

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Teen Dentistry FAQs

When should my teen start seeing a dentist?

Teens should start seeing a dentist regularly around age 13 or as soon as their permanent molars come in. Regular dental visits can help prevent and detect any potential dental problems early on.

How often should my teen see the dentist?

Just like adults, teens should see the dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings and checkups. However, if they have any dental issues, they may need to visit the dentist more often.

How can I help my teen maintain good oral hygiene?

You can help them maintain good oral hygiene by encouraging them to brush their teeth twice daily, floss regularly, and eat a healthy and balanced diet. You can also help by reminding them to wear a mouthguard when playing sports and by scheduling regular dental checkups.

What types of treatments are available for teens?

There is a wide range of dental treatments available for teenagers, including routine cleanings, fluoride treatments, fillings, braces, and orthodontic treatments.

Are there any special considerations for teen dental health?

Yes, there are a few special aspects you should consider, such as changes in hormone levels that can affect the health of the gums and the emergence of wisdom teeth.

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 teen’s appointment, we’ll check on their oral health and fill you in on any recommended treatments.

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