Welcome To
Groat Pediatric Dentistry, Your Family’s Home For Care
That Sets The Stage For A Lifetime Of Smiles

Welcome To
Groat Pediatric Dentistry, Your Family’s Home For Care That Sets The Stage For A Lifetime Of Smiles

We love kids! Our positive, caring, and energetic team takes pride in providing individualized care of the highest quality for our patients. We know that each child is unique, and so we offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of our patients. From their first checkup through adolescence, we truly enjoy getting to know our families and seeing their children grow up.

At Groat Pediatric Dentistry, we welcome you to our family! It is our privilege to be your child’s home for the complete dental services that support their overall health and well-being during such pivotal developmental years. Led by Dr. Christopher Groat, our team has an unwavering commitment to pediatric patients’ (and their parents’) experience at our office in San Pedro, California. We appreciate that a lifetime of healthy and attractive smiles starts in early childhood with a trusted partnership between us, parents, and caregivers. It is essential to equip parents with guidance on cleaning infants’ mouths – even before the first tooth is visible in the mouth – and other ways to support oral health in these earliest months and years of life. 

As your child’s motor skills develop and their needs change, we are by their side, demonstrating and encouraging healthy behaviors such as good brushing technique in a non-scary and unintimidating manner suited to their age and other characteristics. It is vital for children to regard dentistry not as something to fear but instead as something they may even look forward to – after all, they get to visit their friends at Groat Pediatric Dentistry! With such a proactive approach to protecting the teeth, rather than playing “catch-up” by responding to existing problems, we set the stage for lifelong health and a smile that is a source of pride. To accomplish this, our services include: 

  • Infant care – It is never too early to establish good habits. Visiting us for the first time is generally recommended no later than your child’s first birthday or within six months of the first tooth erupting. 
  • Exams and cleanings – Just like you, your child will eventually get on a schedule of visits or check-ups at least once every six months. We can catch problems early when they are easiest to treat conservatively.
  • Relaxing sedation and anesthesia – The range of safe and calming dental sedative options perfectly complements our authentically caring and professional team. 
  • Preventative dentistry – Built on a foundation of routine check-ups, preventive dental care also includes professional services such as silver diamine fluoride (SDF) to build up the natural “armor” or enamel of the teeth and dental sealants to protect decay-prone back teeth. 
  • Proactive restorative care – As needed, we intervene with conditions like the early loss of a baby tooth via services such as space maintainers.  Cavities can be comfortably treated with fillings, crowns, and nerve treatments which alleviate pain and infection. And, yes, baby teeth are important even though they are temporary (helping to guide the permanent teeth into their proper positions).
  • True emergency care – We make ourselves available after hours because we know accidents and other urgent matters do not keep regular office hours. 

We are also equipped and experienced at caring for the unique needs of pediatric patients with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other health challenges. We’re here to help these children get the care they need for their most healthy and functional smiles. 

Now that you know just a little about us, we look forward to meeting you and your child! Call (310) 832-5133 with questions and to schedule an appointment at Groat Pediatric Dentistry in San Pedro, CA – your trusted dental home.

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Meet Dr. Groat

Dr. Christopher Groat is from right here in the Harbor Area. He grew up around dentistry, often spending afternoons in the office with his father, Dr. Geoffrey Groat, who established the practice in 1977. He is very proud to serve his hometown community and to continue in the footsteps of his father, who practiced here for 40 years.

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Our specialized pediatric dental emergency care ensures swift attention to your child’s urgent dental needs. From sudden toothaches to unexpected injuries, our expert team provides immediate relief and expert guidance, ensuring your child’s smile stays bright and healthy in any emergency situation.

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