We teach healthy habits
for a lifetime of smiles.
We strive for happy, easy visits. Every time.
Let us show you how fun a dental visit can be.
We make each appointment a sweet experience.
Your First Visit
At Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to make your child’s first visit with us as pleasant and educational as possible. We will take the time to get acquainted and gather information, including a thorough examination and cleaning. Our focus is to make you and your child comfortable with us and the dental experience, while also evaluating your child’s dental health. Dr. Erica will review your child’s oral hygiene and dietary practices and answer any questions you may have. We hope to partner with you and your child for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Before the first visit: Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child and convey good feelings about dental visits being a part of growing up. Explain that the dentist will look at and count all of his or her teeth but please do not tell your child that the dentist will not hurt, as this may have never entered his or her mind. Rather, emphasize that the dentist will be gentle and friendly. Avoid using words like needle, drill, shot, pull or any other word suggesting unpleasantness. Expect your child to do well and enjoy their visit and chances are, they will!
Our new patient paperwork is available through our secure online form that will be sent directly to our office electronically. Please click on the link below to access and complete the form before your visit. Click “Submit” when complete. We will have you review it and sign it in the office. Thank you.
Meet Dr. Erica
Dr. Erica Pitera, or Dr. Erica as she goes by in the office, grew up locally in Cromwell, CT and graduated from Cromwell High School. She went on to receive her BS in biology from Duke University. She earned her DMD at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and was awarded for achievement in dental care for patients with special needs and for her leadership in the American Student Dental Association. Dr. Erica then completed a two-year specialty residency program in pediatric dentistry at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Erica is a board certified pediatric dentist who specializes in providing comprehensive oral care to all pediatric and adolescent patients. In addition to her many professional memberships, she is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the medical staff at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. She values continuing education and strives to stay up to date with all the latest dental treatments and techniques.
Growing up with a brother with special needs, Dr. Erica has developed a great deal of patience and understanding for helping children of all abilities. From a young age she knew she wanted to be a pediatric dentist so she could help children like her brother have a positive dental experience. She prides herself in providing quality care in a friendly and special way, and strives to make visits to the dentist fun for all kids.
Beyond dentistry and caring for children, another one of Dr. Erica’s passions is baking. Although this is a bit ironic for a dentist, she has always used baking as an expression of her artistic side and, of course, to satisfy her “sweet tooth”. She teaches children to maintain a healthy lifestyle, while still being able to have a special treat once in a while! Some of her sweet creations can be found on her popular baking blog – Erica’s Sweet Tooth.
Dr. Erica resides locally in Higganum with her husband Ryan and adorable Bernese Mountain Dog, Piper. She can’t wait to meet you and your family at their next visit!
Welcome to Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry. Everyone at our office is honored
to carry on the tradition of Dr. Patricia Carta. We serve families of infants, toddlers, adolescents, teens and those with special healthcare needs of all ages.
Our mission is to provide the best comprehensive dental care for your child in a friendly, safe and state-of-the-art environment. We want your child to develop a positive attitude toward dental health and learn the necessary skills to maintain a cavity-free smile for a lifetime.
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What is a Pediatric Dentist?
A Pediatric Dentist like Dr. Erica is a specialist dedicated to the oral health of children and the monitoring of their facial growth and development. Our office is designed for treating children from infancy through adolescence, as well as the medically and the physically compromised. In our opinion, taking your child to see a pediatric dental specialist is as important as taking them to see a pediatrician.
What is a Board Certified
When a Pediatric Dentist is Board Certified it means that the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry or ABPD certifies that the dental care being provided is based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs. Certification by the ABPD provides assurance to the public that a Pediatric Dentist like Dr. Erica has successfully completed accredited training and a voluntary examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to the delivery of quality patient care.
Establishing Your Child’s Dental Home
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents and other care providers to help every child establish a dental home by 12 months of age. Establishing a dental home provides some key components to dental care for your child including...
• Comprehensive oral health care including acute care and preventive services.
• Individualized preventive dental health program based upon a caries-risk assessment.
• Anticipatory guidance regarding growth and development.
• Plan for acute dental trauma (emergencies).
• Dietary counseling.
• Referrals to dental specialists when care cannot
directly be provided within the dental home.
• Referral at an age determined by patient, parent,
and pediatric dentist.
Trusted by Parents. Loved by Kids.
“This is by far the best medical environment I have ever experienced. The staff is friendly and smiling all the time, the hygienist is patient & kind. I’m not sure how parents get their children to leave! The video games in the waiting room are awesome. Anthony was taken within five minutes of his appointment time. (Awesome)! I wanna be a kid again and come to this office.”
~ Kathy (Mimi to Anthony, age 4)
“Going to the dentist is such a positive experience for my son. He loves the video games in the waiting room and loves how kid-friendly the office/hygienist’s are. He is only 3 but you can see how proud he is of his teeth after he leaves since they acknowledge what a great job he does brushing and it makes regular upkeep brushing/flossing less of a challenge too since he wants the dentist to feel proud about his work when he goes in for a dental appointment. From an adult perspective the office is very clean, kid friendly and the staff is extremely nice and helpful.”
~ Lisa (Mom to Alexander, age 3)
“Every time we come to this office we have a phenomenal experience! The entire staff is wonderful—the atmosphere appeals to the patients and parents—truly there are not enough words to describe how great this dentist office truly is! If you aren’t a patient here, you should be!!!We can’t wait to go back in 6 months!!! Happy brushing and flossing!!!”
~ Aimee (Mom to Liam, age 5 and Gianna age 2)
“It never ceases to amaze me that my daughter looks forward to going to the dentist! She had a small cavity filled today, and came out smiling! The staff is incredible…explain everything in a child friendly manner. WONDERFUL PLACE! Thank you!”
~ Laura (Mom to Ava, age 10)
“My kids love coming to see Dr. Erica. Such a wonderful atmosphere. Everyone is amazing with children! They really look forward to every cleaning!”
~ Lisa (Mom to Travis age 3, and Mya age 5)
“The atmosphere was wonderful. All the staff members were incredibly kind and patient with my 2 boys. It was their first visit to the dentist and they were both a little nervous and shy. The staff and Dr. Erica turned their visit into a great experience. The boys still talk about their visit to Dr. Erica!!!”
~ Katie, Mom to Jacob age 3 and Zachary age 1
“Thanks for being so kind and wonderful with my daughter! You're amazing if you got through her exam without losing a finger! 😊 I would suggest your practice to anyone with little ones especially those who need a little extra attention like Cam. Thanks again!”
~ Lisa (Mom to Cameron, age 6)
“Before my Daughter came to this office, going to the dentist was a nightmare. 2 day preparation, fight to get in the office, you name it we did it. From the first day she stepped into this office, between the staff and warm welcome, we have never had to deal with any discomfort with the dentist again. I remember going home and crying tears of happiness. Now both my girls Chloe -10 and Ivy -5, are patients.
WE HONESTLY COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!!!!”
~ Natasha (Mom to Chloe age 10 and Ivy age 5)
Serving Connecticut families of Middletown, Cromwell, Portland, East Hampton, Durham, Middlefield, Rocky Hill, Meriden, and the rest of Middlesex County.
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