Pediatric Dentistry


To care for your child’s teeth and gums, our experienced pediatric dentists, Dr. William Chan, Dr. Nick Lavoie, and Dr. Denise Goodman, offer a comprehensive selection of advanced preventive and restorative dental treatments. As with every aspect of our practice, your young one’s comfort, safety, and experience are primary concerns. Additionally, we emphasize patient participation. Kids and teens who understand the importance of oral hygiene, and who are educated in proper maintenance techniques, often achieve superior oral health in adolescence and throughout their lives. Furthermore, by empowering children who are old enough to manage the care of their smiles, we usually find that they learn to enjoy brushing, flossing, and making healthier food choices. They therefore perform these beneficial habits more often. Finally, we believe that by creating a calm, anxiety-free dental environment, we can aid your children in developing a comfort with dentistry that will carry over into their daily regimen.

Preventive care is the foundation of our dental treatment philosophy.

If we can help your child achieve the healthiest smile possible through routine check-ups and regular brushing and flossing, there will likely be little need for restorative procedures that you and your child would wish to avoid. To this end, we offer oral examinations, x-rays, routine cleaning, gum treatments, fluoride treatments, fillings, and more. Educational tips on supplementary at-home options are always available.

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Many parents are curious whether a pediatric dentist is necessary and whether they can simply take their children to a traditional “family” dentist. Just as you would take a child to a pediatrician so they can see a doctor who specializes in child care, so too should you choose a pediatric dentist for dental treatment. Pediatric dentists receive an additional two to three years of education that is focused on addressing the oral health needs of pre-adolescents and adolescents. They are uniquely qualified to understand how young teeth develop and are able to identify when a problem may be growing. Additionally, pediatric dental offices often have child-friendly spaces and specially-sized equipment made just for kids’ smaller bodies and mouths. At Cumberland Dental Specialists, we focus on young people so we can provide the best care possible to the most important patients of all—your children.

If you would like to learn more about our experienced dental professionals, please follow the links below. We have also provided information that we hope can make your child’s experience with dental treatment more pleasant. If you have additional questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

Meet Dr. William Chan

Our practice founder, Dr. William Chan, has specialized training in pediatric dentistry and a long history of providing compassionate, attentive care to each of his patients and their families. Dr. Chan has earned a wide range of accolades for his work, and he strives to give back by teaching the next generation of pediatric dentists as an assistant clinical professor.

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Meet Dr. Nick Lavoie

Dr. Nick Lavoie has worked in the medical field for over a decade, beginning as a registered nurse and eventually transitioning into the role of experienced and compassionate pediatric dentist. He has earned numerous awards, including the Dental Public Health Award, and he is dedicated to lifting up and supporting his community.

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Meet Dr. Denise Goodman

An extensively trained pediatric dentist, Dr. Denise Goodman has been practicing for over 25 years alongside Dr. Chan. In addition to earning numerous awards, Dr. Goodman makes time for philanthropic pursuits, including volunteering with Project Stretch, a non-profit organization that offers dental care to children in Mexico and Venezuela.

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Your Child’s First Visit

We want to help make every dental visit a positive one for your child, and that begins with the very first dental appointment. By endeavoring to make oral hygiene and dental care fun, informative, and stress-free, children can feel more comfortable and confident maintaining a healthy smile at every age.

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Happy Mouths, Happy Kids

Many parents struggle to get their kids to brush and floss their teeth. We can provide some helpful pediatric dental care tips on how to make the oral hygiene process fun and effective, so that kids will more readily follow-through on good habits when given greater independence.

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Pediatric Dental Treatments

We offer a comprehensive selection of preventive and restorative dental treatments for children and teens at our state-of-the-art practice. In addition to providing routine exams and cleanings, we can apply sealants, restore teeth, and custom-make mouth and nightguards to protect your child’s oral health.

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Special Needs Pediatric Dentistry

Everyone deserves exceptional care and a healthy smile, which is why we offer special needs pediatric dentistry for patients with cognitive, behavioral, emotional, or other unique needs. Our skilled dental team is trained in providing compassionate, attentive, and thoughtful treatment, and we will work with you to provide an environment that is as safe and comfortable as possible for your family.

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TMJ Disorder Treatment

TMJ Disorder (TMD) is a condition that can afflict children and adults alike. Problems with the temporomandibular joint between the jaws can produce symptoms such as headaches, facial pain, jaw clicking or popping, and a number of others that may not even seem related to the jaw. Fortunately, our practice offers an array of TMJ Disorder treatments that can help alleviate the symptoms of TMD and potentially prevent the condition from causing more extensive problems in the future.

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Kids’ Corner

One way we help to make children feel more comfortable in the dentist’s office is by offering the Kids’ Corner. This area filled with books, toys, games, and movies, allows kids to entertain themselves while waiting for their appointment. By beginning with a fun experience, children often feel more at ease jumping into the dental chair.

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Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Experiencing a pediatric dental emergency? Get advice on treating common problems like chipped teeth and toothaches before you head to the dentist or hospital. We can help you determine if an appointment is necessary, or whether you can address the issue from home.

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