BOARD CERTIFIEDAmerican Board of Pediatric Dentistry
MEMBERAmerican Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
WINNERTop Dentist 2017 & 2018
Orange Children’s Dentistry was built from the ground up with children in mind. Our team of experienced professionals firmly believe that every teeth cleaning should be fun, and rewarding for children to help them promote lifelong habits for good oral hygiene. To help create a positive experience for children and their families, we set aside time to get to know every child and ensure they are comfortable at every stage of their visit.
Dr. C. understands the importance of delivering dental care that is personalized, and she made it her mission to provide services in a warm and welcoming manner. “Children experience dental visits differently than adults do, and certain parts of their care will stay planted in their memories forever,” Dr. C. said. “Whether your child has preventative, restorative, or special dentistry needs, we make sure that they are treated like a family member and that they understand they are in a safe environment.”
Meet Dr. C
Dr. Paula C. CerqueiraPediatric Dentist
Dr. Paula C. Cerqueira, or Dr. C., has lived and worked in Connecticut for more than 10 years. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at Tufts University, and her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from New York University. Her attention to individual care and ability to make personal connections with children landed her a place in the “Top Dentists” ranking by Westport Magazine in 2018 and 2017.
Dr. C. can perform a variety of oral procedures for pediatric patients and kids with special needs. She expanded her dental knowledge by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry and a Pediatric Dentistry graduate-level certificate program, which prepared Dr. C. for diagnosing and treating patients with complex dental histories.
She is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and holds an appointment in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital, where she has provided dental services since 2010. Dr. C.’s other professional experiences include being the co-author of a paper, titled “Knowledge of tooth avulsion by school nurses at Hartford County Schools,” her role as an educator at the Community Health Center in New Britain, Conn., and serving as a pediatric dentist across various offices throughout Connecticut. These experiences have prepared Dr. C. to better provide specialized oral procedures, comprehensive dental care and preventative services for children of all ages.
Her passion for oral care began when she was a teenager after a dentist encouraged her to apply her artistic skills to the engineering side of dentistry. Dr. C. quickly realized that she wanted to provide children with a better dental experience than she had received when she was a child, and was drawn to the field because it aligned with her gentle, compassionate, and energetic personality.
At Orange Children’s Dentistry, Dr. C. is returning to the roots of her motivation by providing affordable, caring dental care for the children of Connecticut. When she is not brightening children’s smiles, she could be seen enjoying the beaches, local food, and sightseeing around Connecticut with her husband and children.
We view pediatric dental care just as importantly as your child’s visit to their pediatrician. Our wide range of dental services will help your child maintain healthy oral hygiene that permits for the normal development of permanent teeth. Primary services that we offer include:
We establish a routine of cleanings, look for signs of decay that should be addressed, and provide dental and nutritional counseling to ensure children have a cavity-free future.
We combine traditional dentistry practices with modern technology to evaluate each child’s needs, and address early signs of tooth decay with dental homecare instructions/counseling.
Our team is licensed to provide sedation to help make sure your little one is comfortable for procedures that may cause some discomfort.
Children with a variety of special needs will be treated by a team of professionals that have the experience, credentials, and training necessary to address any oral abnormalities.
Toungue tie & breastfeeding
Children with oral conditions tied to tongue-tie or breastfeeding can receive treatment and specialized services to promote healthy oral development.
Checkups and routine cleanings are essential tools in our preventative dentistry arsenal. At every regular visit, we remove tartar and plaque buildup that contribute to tooth decay. Additionally, we can apply fluoride to strengthen the enamel after the cleaning. We also offer sealants when appropriate.
Part of our job is to help children keep their bright smile and ensure they can use their mouth for chewing and eating. Types of restorative procedures we provide that promote oral aesthetics and functionality include fillings, tooth extractions, space maintainers, crowns and more.
For patients with extensive dental needs, including medical and behavioral constraints, Dr.C offers to take patient to have the dental work done at Bridgeport Hospital under general anesthesia. Bridgeport Hospital has trained pediatric anesthesiologist that can provide treatment in safe environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the right time to bring children to the dentist?
Children should be seen by age one. If there are concerns like tongue/lip tie, discoloration, “weak enamel” or trauma, we should see the patient as soon as possible.
Children will lose their baby teeth. What’s the harm in waiting until their permanent teeth come out?
Sometimes letting baby teeth “over-stay”(over-retention) can impede proper eruption of permanent teeth. If there are any concerns, we should evaluate your child’s developing dentition.
I’m nervous my child is too young to understand what’s happening. Is there something I should do to prepare him/her for their first visit?
The best way to prepare your child to a dental visit is to brush their teeth at home. Although some stranger anxiety or new environment anxiety is normal, we work diligently to minimize any discomfort and and anxiety that children may have. Avoid using words like "drill", "shots", "needle", "pain" and "hurt" at home or during the appointment. Also, avoid threatening the child with statements like, “If you don’t brush your teeth, the dentist will have to pull out your teeth.”
Are there signs I should look for that should prompt me to take my child to a dentist as soon as possible?
Signs to look for include trauma, discoloration, chipped/broken teeth, swelling, soreness and pain. The signs indicate that the child should be evaluated as soon as possible.
What are some positive dental habits I can help establish early?
Brushing twice per day
Limiting candy and processed food
Eating lots of veggies and fruits
Seeing the dentist for check ups
Avoiding habits like prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking, prolonged bottle use or going to bed with a bottle
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