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We are a local family-owned office specializing in dentistry for children. This husband and wife board certified pediatric dentist team will treat each and every child as if they were their own. We can't wait to meet you!
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2021 40 Under 40 Award

Dr. Norman Chen & Dr. Catherine Pham - Top 40 Dental Specialists in America Under 40!

The Top 40 Under 40 Incisal Edge award honors innovative and passionate young professionals in dentistry across the United States. All awardees are renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy, and a commitment to outstanding patient care. Our office is fortunate to have BOTH Drs. Norman and Cat receive this prestigious honor of Top 40 Under 40 in 2021.

East Valley Children’s Dentistry

At East Valley Children’s Dentistry, we create healthy smiles, one little patient at a time!

Dr. Norman Chen and Dr. Catherine Pham, along with our team of highly compassionate, skilled, and dedicated individuals, work together to provide the best possible care to children, their families, and our community. We incorporate the newest technology and techniques, along with innovative and fun activities, to ensure that all children have an amazing experience every time they visit the dental office.

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We are well versed in treating a wide array of oral conditions for all types of children, even those who need a little more TLC. We emphasize preventive care, minimally invasive treatments, and patient education so your son or daughter can have a healthy, amazing smile that lasts for a lifetime!

Our pediatric dental office in Burbank welcomes patients from Burbank, Glendale, North Hollywood, and all nearby communities. We look forward to welcoming your youngster into our family of patients!

  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child's first dental visit to be as soon as they get their first tooth (as early as 6 months of age) and no later than their first birthday (age 1 year).
  • Children will start teething around 6 months until 2-3 years.
  • Before teeth erupt, wipe your child's mouth and gums with a soft towel.
  • After teeth erupt, you can start brushing with a soft toothbrush! Use no more than a smear of fluoridated toothpaste (size is no larger than a grain of rice).
  • If your child has pain with teething, avoid medicaments such as Oragel and hard toys which can be a choking hazard. A soft rubber chewing toy or a wet cold towel that's placed in the freezer will help relieve your child's symptoms the best!
  • After your child starts eating solid foods, breastfeeding can cause cavities. Try to wean your child off nursing or bottle feeding at night, or wipe down your child's teeth after each meal to prevent cavities.
  • Watch those finger and pacifier habits! It is important to stop these habits by age 3 - these habits may have long term effects on your child's smile and jaw development.
  • Once your child starts walking, be aware of sharp corners and hard surfaces that may cause trauma to their mouth and teeth.

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  • Help your child brush at least 2 times a day for at least 2 minutes each time. Remember the rules of 2's!
  • Use a "pea-sized" amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Start flossing when your child's teeth start touching.
  • Create a routine with your child - brush, book, bed. Brush your teeth, read a bedtime story, and go to sleep.
  • Remember to have regular 6 month visits to the dentist to keep your child's mouth healthy.
  • Limit sugary snacks and beverages for not only a healthy diet, but also a healthy smile!

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  • Parents are recommended to help their child brush until at least 7-8 years old - usually when they are able to tie their own shoelaces, this is when they have the ability to brush well on their own!
  • Permanent or adult teeth start to erupt around age 6, starting with the lower front teeth and the big teeth all the way in the back.
  • As one of the first adult teeth to erupt, the big permanent molars in the back have a high chance of getting cavities - ask us about sealants to help protect those teeth!
  • As your child becomes more active in activities such as sports, ask us about mouthguards to help prevent any trauma that may happen to your child's mouth and teeth.

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  • Teenagers need a lot of encouragement to continue brushing twice a day and floss regularly - remind them the importance of keeping their permanent teeth healthy, they will have these teeth for the rest of their life!
  • Encourage healthier snack and drink options - many teenagers consume high amounts of junk food, sodas, sports and energy drinks.
  • The second set of permanent molars erupt around age 12 - ask us about sealants to help protect those teeth!
  • Many teenagers are interested in orthodontic treatment at this age - ask us for a consultation!
  • As your teenager is getting ready to finish high school, this may be the time to evaluate for possible wisdom teeth extraction.
  • When your child is finally ready to go to college, ask us how to transition to an adult general dentist!

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    When it comes to eating healthy, we know it is impossible to avoid all sugars. Here are a few tips to keep your body and teeth healthy!
  • Avoid frequent snacking - the longer food stick on teeth, the longer the sugars stay in the mouth and can cause cavities.
  • Choose snacks that do not stick to teeth - the sugars stay there longer and can cause cavities. For example, choose whole fruits over dried raisins that can linger on your child's teeth for hours.
  • Great snacks for your teeth include: plain yogurt, cheese, whole fruits and vegetables! Snacks such as crackers, goldfish, chocolate milk or fruit juice are not as healthy for your child's teeth.
  • For a sweet treat, choose chocolate over sticky sweets like gummy bears.
  • Promote drinking water over juice or other carbonated drinks.

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    If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911. If you experience a dental emergency, please call our practice as soon as possible. We are here to help you, any time, any day - we will do everything we can to make sure you are treated as soon as possible.
    Common dental emergencies include:
  • Broken or cracked tooth/teeth
  • Permanent tooth knocked out
  • Object caught between the teeth
  • Severe toothache
  • Broken jaw

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    Our goal is to create the best environment for your child. We have options to make the dentist a more comfortable and safe space by using sedation. Patients who may benefit from sedation have:
  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A hard time getting and staying numb from anesthetics

  • We offer both nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and general anesthesia options at our office. Please contact us for more information.

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Pediatric dentists are specially trained to treat any child with special health care needs. A dental home is important to make sure that your child has someone to maintain your child's oral health. Our office wants to create an environment where your child feels safe, welcomed, and comfortable.
Please let us know when you make an appointment if your child has special needs. This will allow us to better prepare for your child's visit.
We also offer a complimentary site visit for your first appointment to allow the opportunity for your family and child to become familiar with our office and staff before coming in for any dental examination. We look forward to having you be a part of our family!

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Why Parents Love Us

“I was a little worried about bringing my child to the dentist for the first time, but let me tell you, I really liked how they staff and doctors treated my kids! Most important is that they really do a great job on their treatments. I'm looking forward to my next appointments with my kids. Thank you for your great service.” Anna R. “I wanted to thank Dr. Pham and Dr. Chen for making my time here fantastic. All the dentists here are knowledgeable and know how to interact with children. You will not be disappointed!” Josephine F. “Great staff and great service! Kids are treated really well. Definitely we'll be back!” Muy H. “Everyone was so great here, I highly suggest taking your kid for sure. My son had his first appointment at 2.5 years old and it couldn't have gone better. Dr. Catherine was knowledgeable and quick with my son and they even took the time to make sure the movie on the TV was his favorite. We'll be coming here for a while for sure!” Jesse L. “Brought our 3-year-old to see Dr. Norman. He was very gentle, great with our kid. The staff was nice, everything is very modern and scheduling/check out was very easy. Our kid loved his visit, which is the most important part. He keeps asking to go to the dentist again. #winning Great job!” Andrei M. “We visited East Valley Children’s Dentistry for my 13 and 10 year old after changing numerous dentists. My kids were very happy and pleased with the professionalism, kindness and friendliness of the entire office. My 10 year old stated he gives the office 10 plus. Thank you very much for making their visit stress free.” Serina K.
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