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Sea & Smiles Pediatric Dentistry: A Dental Office Your Child Will Want To Visit

By Erika Cartwright

December 12, 2022

Nothing is more important to a parent than the health and well-being of their child. Small dental issues can turn into big issues, even serious infections quickly if not caught early on. As parents and caregivers, we want them to feel safe and happy at the dentist’s office while avoiding painful issues. Dental visits can be frightening for children. But what if there was a dental provider that made it a fun and enjoyable experience for your child?

Sea & Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is just the place to make you and your child feel at ease and understood, where providers speak English, Spanish and Portuguese. When it comes to life long dental health, prevention is key. It is never too early to think about your child's dental health. Afterall, all babies have 20 primary teeth present in their jaws at birth.

Sea & Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is located at 411 North Federal Highway, Suite#: 101, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009. The office opened in September 2022 with a mission to provide a fun and positive experience for your child, while building a healthy foundation for your child’s oral health. Sea & Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is committed to providing compassionate, personalized and specialized care to fit your child’s individual needs. With experienced providers to offer exceptional patient care, Dr. Ana Gonzalez, DDS, MS and Dr. Laura Echeverria, DDS. As well as attenuative and caring staff to help your child feel at ease, you can rest assured your child is in good hands.

Dr. Ana Gonzalez, DDS, MS graduated from dental school in Brazil and continued her education by completing two years of Advanced General Dentistry Residency at NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine. She then attended Nova Southeastern University for specialty training and obtained a Masters in Pediatric Dentistry where she served as a chief resident during her last year of residency. She was inducted in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, due to her outstanding performance. Fulfilling her lifelong dream of working with children, Dr. Gonzalez received extensive training in various aspects of Pediatric Dentistry, including: dental emergencies, preventive treatment, hospital dentistry, oral conscious sedation, child growth and development and treatment of special needs children at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Broward General Health Center. She can treat in the office, as well as in a hospital setting. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Florida Dental Association. As a mother, she understands the importance of passion and caring when it comes to your child’s well-being.

Dr. Laura Echeverria, DDS is a Pediatric Dental Specialist. She studied Advanced Education in General Dentistry at NYC Lutheran Medical Center for two years, followed by the University of Puerto Rico, School of Dental Medicine where she completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. She focused her training on providing comprehensive dental care for children, including those with special healthcare needs. She is a member of the International Association of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. Being a mother herself, Dr. Echeverria is committed to providing quality and personalized dental care in a comfortable and fun environment. She strives to create a foundation for a lifetime of confident, happy and healthy smiles.

With their combined years of experience, in a state-of-the-art facility, they have created a fun environment for children from infancy through adolescence to feel comfortable and to create happy memories of their dental visits. Many services are offered at Sea & Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Services include: Bridges, Crowns, Cleanings, Digital X-Rays, Extractions, Fluoride Treatments, Infant Dentistry, Pit and Fissure Sealants, Mouthguards, Nitrous Oxide, Pulp Therapy, Silver Diamine Fluoride and Space Maintainers. It is never too early to begin good oral habits with your child. It is recommended to schedule your child’s first dental appointment by age 1, or within 6 months of the first tooth coming in. Early detection is key to preventing serious problems later.

Teeth can look and feel healthy; however, this can be misleading. There are many small issues that are invisible to the naked eye and can only become visible when they have progressed into bigger, more serious problems. Early detection of dental caries at stage 1, which are small white spots on teeth, can save your child a lot of pain later. If not detected in the beginning stage, the white spots will become dark spots, stage 2 which is enamel decay. This will turn into stage 3, dentin decay, which reaches deeper into the dentin. This if untreated progresses to stage 4, pulp infection, which is decay into the pulp. Stage 5 of dental caries will cause pain, abscess distress, which is when the infection moves beyond the tooth into the surrounding gums and bones. Early detection is key to preventing serious dental issues and pain later. Checkups are recommended every 6 months, to ensure good dental health.

Sea & Smiles Pediatric Dentistry can help with preventive maintenance, such as sealants. Minimally invasive dentistry as well as sedation dentistry are also offered at their new, up to date office. Among other services provided at the office are restorative dentistry, tooth extractions, teeth whitening, emergency care and care for special needs patients. With compassionate, dedicated, knowledgeable providers and staff, Sea & Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is sure to make your child’s visit memorable. Most insurances are accepted along with an option for Care Credit, to make payments easy and affordable regardless of a family’s financial situation. Teeth are unique, just like your child’s needs. With flexible appointments, it is easy to find the care they deserve. Complimentary visits for children 2 years old. and under. Office hours are Monday & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call: (904) 233-1494. For helpful advice offered on their dental blog, visit:

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