Pediatric Dentistry

Integrated Care to Smile About

When does an issue in your child’s mouth become a question for a dentist verses a pediatrician?

As a parent, you may not always know the answer—especially if your child has been injured. Our integrated approach to children’s health means your dentist can consult your pediatrician and vice versa. Each of our board-certified Pediatric Dentists works with an in-house team of pediatricians, so you can rest assured your child will receive the most comprehensive care possible.

This team approach includes shared space and coordination of care, so everything from routine dental visits to mouth-related traumas and orthodontic outcomes are all significantly improved. For parents, this translates to shorter waits, faster solutions, and less back-and-forth.

International Affiliation of Tongue-tie ProfessionalsLaser Institute of AmericaAmerican Board of Pediatric DentistsAmerican Academy of Pediatric DentistsUtah Dental Association American Dental Association

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Schedule a Dental Appointment

Same-day visits are almost always available for emergencies. We accept most insurances and we make it easy to plan those all-important cleanings.

Helping your child thrive, from birth to adulthood

Oral health begins as soon as your child is born and begins to eat. From infant consults to the first cleaning and on through the teen years, we’re here to help your child’s smile thrive.

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Routine Cleanings

There’s nothing dull about our “routine” cleanings. From the waiting room to the prize machine, our staff has tailored an experience to keep your kids engaged, relaxed, and having fun.

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Cavity Care

Cavities can sound scary, but you’re never alone. We offer a variety of pain management options to make the experience a breeze.

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Teens and parents alike can benefit from at-home whitening treatments to correct staining from foods and beverages. Home-based dental bleaching offers a convenient and gradual method for attaining a brighter, revitalized smile.

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Because we’re integrated with a team of orthodontic specialists, we’re better able to refer your child for earlier interventions that can shorten and ease their total orthodontic treatment course.

See Our Team of Pediatric Dentists

With Medical, Counseling, and Oral Health Specialists, we are your child’s comprehensive medical home.

Ryan Burt, DDS


James Carrigan, DDS


Jason Horgesheimer, DDS


Blake McDonald, DDS


Chris Neeley, DDS


Chuck Odion, DDS


Matt Palmer, DDS


Parent Feedback

I started bringing my son here as a newborn 10 years ago, now I bring my 8 month old. Everyone is amazing and they are all phenomenal. All the providers are exceptional. If our primary pediatrician can’t see us for a sick visit, they always get us in with someone else that we adore- we have never been let down. All the providers have always made me feel heard and they are great with my kids. I ALWAYS recommend Families First to my friends and any new moms.

—Melissa Barkell.

More Than “Just Teeth”

We all know that song about the foot bone being connected to the leg bone. It’s no different with teeth. The mouth can be where other types of healthcare concerns present themselves. Everything from infections to speech to an infant’s ability to suckle overlaps with oral health.

Because our dental practice is integrated with pediatricians, lactation consultants, and orthodontists, our care is far beyond “standard.” Coordinated care means more frequent oral checks, cleanings during orthodontic checkups, earlier orthodontic consultations, and better all-around outcomes.

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Pediatric Dental Questions & Answers

We accept Medicaid and most dental insurance plans. Please get in touch with your insurance carrier to verify our dental office is in-network with your specific insurance policy/plan.

Yes! We love to have parents in the treatment room with their children. However, every child is different; some respond better when mom, dad, or siblings are outside the treatment area. Based on how your child feels, your dentist may recommend staying or stepping out.

Nitrous oxide, in combination with oxygen, is very safe. Most children tolerate “silly gas” very well. It has a rapid onset and can be reversed and adjusted easily. Nitrous oxide is non-allergenic. Your child remains fully conscious, retaining all their natural reflexes.

We love our special needs patients, and we’re happy to tailor treatment to each child individually. Our goal is to make visiting the dentist a positive experience for everyone. If needed, your child’s Pediatrician or Therapist can also consult on how to tailor treatment for your child.

No, we’re a physician-owned practice. Our owners are the same providers you see when visiting one of our offices. We’re a local, private practice committed to putting families first in all our operations.