Pediatric Dental Services | Gallatin

Where Every Smile Matters

At Shine Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we believe in providing comprehensive dental care tailored to the unique needs of children.

Our team is dedicated to creating a welcoming, child-friendly environment where every little patient feels at ease. Here, we focus on preventive care and education to ensure your child's dental health is always at its best.

A Full Range of Pediatric Dental Services

From the first tooth to the full set, we offer a range of services to care for your child's dental health at every stage. Our services include regular exams and cleanings, fluoride treatments, and everything else kids in Gallatin need for a healthy smile, like:

  • Regular Exams & Cleanings
  • Preventative Care
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Silver Diamine Fluoride
  • Sealants
  • Fillings
  • Cosmetic Crowns
  • Extractions
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Sedation Dentistry
  • Special Needs Dentistry

Specialized Treatment for Healthy Smiles

Dr. Lauren designs every treatment with your child's comfort and health in mind. We use the latest techniques in pediatric dentistry to provide effective, minimally invasive care.

Our goal is always to preserve and protect your child's natural teeth, ensuring a healthy foundation for their future smiles.

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Preventative Care

Preventative care is the foundation of pediatric dentistry at Shine Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. This broad approach encompasses various practices and treatments aimed at preventing dental problems before they start.

The goal of preventative care is to maintain healthy teeth and gums, ensuring your child's smile stays bright and healthy throughout their development.

A key aspect of preventative care includes regular dental exams and cleanings. These routine visits allow Dr. Lauren to monitor your child's oral health closely, identifying potential issues early on when they are easiest to treat.

Additionally, fluoride treatments play a crucial role in this preventive strategy.

Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps protect against cavities. By focusing on these preventative measures, we aim to minimize the need for more complex dental procedures in the future, setting the stage for a lifetime of good oral health.

Minimally-Invasive Pediatric Dentistry

Minimally invasive pediatric dentistry is at the heart of our approach at Shine Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.

This philosophy centers on using the least invasive techniques and procedures necessary to effectively treat dental issues. By adopting this approach, we minimize discomfort and stress for our young patients while preserving as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.

Our minimally invasive treatments include using advanced dental materials and techniques that require less drilling and fewer extensive procedures. This not only contributes to a more pleasant dental experience for children but also supports the long-term health and integrity of their natural teeth.

Emphasizing early detection and preventive care, we aim to reduce the need for invasive treatments, ensuring your child's dental visits are as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Regular Exams & Cleanings

Regular dental exams and cleanings are crucial for maintaining your child's oral health. During these visits, Dr. Lauren at Shine Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics will thoroughly examine your child's mouth to detect any issues early and provide necessary treatment. These routine check-ups are fundamental in catching potential problems before they escalate.

Professional cleanings are equally important. They involve the removal of plaque and tartar buildup, which are major contributors to gum disease and tooth decay. By ensuring regular exams and cleanings, we help maintain your child's healthy smile and prevent dental problems from developing, setting the foundation for long-term oral health.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride treatments at Shine Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are a simple and effective way to strengthen your child’s teeth and prevent decay. Our team applies a concentrated fluoride solution directly to your child’s teeth using a small brush. This process is quick, painless, and can significantly boost the health of your child's teeth.

Fluoride works by remineralizing tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. These treatments are an integral part of preventive dental care, especially for children who are more prone to cavities. Regular fluoride treatments can help maintain strong, healthy teeth throughout childhood.

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Dental sealants provide a protective barrier for your child's back teeth, which are more susceptible to cavities due to their deep grooves and rough surfaces. These grooves can easily trap food particles and bacteria, leading to decay. By applying sealants, we effectively seal these grooves, preventing the accumulation of plaque and bacteria.

Sealants are a quick, non-invasive treatment that can be applied during a regular dental visit. They are particularly beneficial for protecting both baby teeth and emerging permanent teeth. The use of sealants is a proactive step in preventing cavities and maintaining the health of your child's teeth.


When a cavity or tooth decay is present, Dr. Lauren at Shine Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can restore the tooth using tooth-colored fillings. These fillings are designed to blend seamlessly with the natural color of your child’s teeth, providing an aesthetic and functional restoration.

Tooth-colored fillings are not only about aesthetics; they also help to strengthen the affected tooth. This restoration allows your child to eat and speak normally, and it plays a crucial role in maintaining the structural integrity of the tooth. Early intervention with fillings can prevent further decay and more invasive treatments in the future.

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Dental crowns are custom-made restorations that encompass the entire surface of a damaged tooth, offering both protection and strength. At Shine Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Lauren recommends crowns for teeth that have suffered from extensive decay, fractures or have undergone root canal treatment.

These crowns not only restore the structural integrity of the affected teeth but also enhance their appearance. We offer stainless steel crowns as well as tooth-colored crowns, each of which will match the shape of your child's teeth, ensuring a harmonious and healthy smile. Crowns provide a durable solution that can withstand the demands of everyday use, ensuring long-term dental health.


Tooth extraction, while it may sound daunting, is sometimes the best option to maintain overall oral health. At Shine Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Lauren and the team ensure that the process is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whether it's due to decay or dental trauma, the focus is always on your child's comfort.

The removal of a tooth can alleviate pain, prevent infection, and contribute to a healthier oral environment. Following an extraction, our team will discuss tooth replacement options, if necessary, to maintain the aesthetics and functionality of your child's smile.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental visits can be daunting for some patients. This is why we're proud to offer sedation dentistry as a key part of our services, setting us apart and ensuring every visit is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Dr. Lauren adheres strictly to the guidelines set forth by the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) to perform oral conscious sedations in office. This approach allows us to provide gentle, effective care, making dental health accessible and manageable for our littlest patients, even when they may feel anxious or fearful about dental procedures.

Hospital Dentistry

For certain medical conditions or special needs, dental care in a hospital setting is necessary. At Shine Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Lauren provides safe and comfortable dental treatments under general anesthesia. This approach is particularly beneficial for patients who experience high levels of anxiety or have complex dental needs.

Hospital dentistry allows us to offer comprehensive care in a controlled environment. This is especially important for extensive dental procedures or for children who might not be able to receive dental care in a traditional office setting. Our priority is to ensure your child's comfort and safety, offering a positive and stress-free dental experience.

Special Needs Dentistry

At Shine Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer specialized dental care for children with special needs. Dr. Lauren and our compassionate team are experienced in providing gentle, patient-centered dental services.

We understand the unique challenges faced by these children and are committed to creating a supportive and comfortable environment. Our goal is to ensure that every child, regardless of their physical or developmental challenges, receives the dental care they need to maintain good oral health.

We tailor our approach to meet each child's individual needs, ensuring they feel comfortable and cared for during their visit. Our team works closely with parents and caregivers to develop a care plan that addresses the specific needs of each child, promoting a positive dental experience.