We teach healthy habits
for a lifetime of smiles.
Our kid-friendly team is dedicated to providing excellent care.
Let us show you how fun a dental visit can be.
We make each appointment a sweet experience.
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!
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.
Welcome to Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry. 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.
Meet Our Team
We are available at the following times:
Monday 8:30AM – 6PM Tuesday 8:30AM – 6PM Wednesday 8:30AM – 5PM Thursday 7:30AM – 4PM
If you have an after-hours emergency, call us at 860-347-4681 and follow the instructions in our message.
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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.
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“Sweet tooth was so amazing for my daughter. They made her feel comfortable from the second we walked in. They let her explore and play the whole time and made her feel so special on her first visit! If you are looking for a dentist for your little one, this is absolutely the place to go!"
“Dr. Erica and her team are simply phenomenal. Not only do they make the children feel right at home, they also educate the parent and answer any burning questions. We all felt comfortable, loved and supported through the entire process. My daughters can’t wait to return for their next appointment. Thank you!”
“I’ve looked at several pediatric dentist practices and was told Sweet Tooth is where to go - I was not disappointed! The office is immaculate and adorable decorated for children. The activities offered in the lobby offer a great touch for children of all ages as wel. The staff is very personable and lead you through each step. They make the first appointment seem effortless and I honestly can’t wait to go back for our next appointment.”
“Excellent - scheduling was a cinch, filled and submitted forms online - office was beautiful and kid centric (could have left them there all day), and staff was about as perfect as possible. Probably one the most detailed pediatric care in all healthcare facilities we’ve ever experienced. And the doctor is as smart and happy as possible. Now if we can just get them to sell cupcakes it would be heaven.”
“Such an amazing place! Everyone is so friendly, professional, patient and kind! Dr. Erica and her whole team go above and beyond to make your child have fun and look forward to coming to the dentis! They have a great way of working with kids so that they can understand what will happen during the visit and wont be scared. When you walk into the office your a treated like family and not a number! I would highly reccomend Sweet Tooth!”
“This place is absolutely amazing!!! They are so attentive, understanding and accommodating. My 5 year old was super scared and Ms. Robin and Ms. Erica did everything in their power to make her visit the easiest and the best!!! I recommend this place to any family!!! Their waiting room is also very kid friendly!! My girls had a blast!! Exactly what I wanted from a pediatric dentist office!!! Thanks again Sweet Tooth staff!!!”
“What an amazing experience. Bringing a 2.5 and 1.5 year olds in for their first visit, we feel so fortunate to have had such amazing staff care for them. From the time we walked in through the door, we knew the reviews were right! The atmosphere caters to your child. The waiting area is filled with books, toys, game consoles, something for children of every age! This being their firs visit, girls had their names on a chalkboard when they walked in, how amazing and welcoming of a gesture?! ...If you are looking for a pediatric dentist, we would definitely recommend Sweet Tooth. Staff is incredible! Facility is warm and caters to the child! They are amazing!.”
“Dr Erica and her staff are wonderful. Everything from the smallest details of her office to her expansive knowledge are truly appreciated. I wish I could give her and her office more than 5 stars. My children actually enjoy and look forward to going to the dentist since we have found Sweet Tooth. My only thought is that we wished we had found her sooner. Thank you for your patience, kindness, and providing my children with top rated care.”
“The friendly knowledgeable staff welcomed my twins in with open arms. They are quick, efficient and spend time with you. Dr Erica REALLY understands kids with special needs. My kids love going there! Worth the 20 min drive for us! Highly suggest!”
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