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.
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. 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.
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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Serving Connecticut families of Middletown, Cromwell, Portland, East Hampton, Durham, Middlefield, Rocky Hill, Meriden, and the rest of Middlesex County.
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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.
Meet Dr. Erica Video
“Excellent practice. My kids love going to see Dr. Erica and her wonderful staff. From the lobby to the exam room it is obvious that they put a great deal of effort into making kids comfortable and excited about the experience. Everyone is so nice. The office is bright and cheery with lots of toys and distractions. Dr. Erica and the hygienists take their time to explain everything to the kids and parents.”
“Great first impression,loved the office and all of the staff were so friendly and helpful. My daughter had an amazing first dental experience and is looking forward to going back!! Thank you for being so kind and patient with her!”
“We had a great experience and I would highly recommend this office to anyone!! The staff is so sweet and down to earth! Dr. Erica is awesome and did a great job!!”
“Excellent! The staff are amazing! Robin and Aime did an excellent job with our twin daughters and the dentist is wonderful too! Thank you for making this a very stress free and fun process for myself and the twins. I highly recommend bringing youe children here for their dental needs.”
“Incredible experience at our first pediatric dentist appointment!! Starting with the simple online paperwork process, the office goes above and beyond to make things easy. Be prepared to spend a significant amount of time at your first visit while your child checks out the waiting room, personalized welcome sign, and is given personal treatment to ensure they are comfortable with the process! I would recommend Dr Erica and her staff to every family and would drive any distance to visit!”
“This office is absolutely wonderful! I can't say enough about the staff. Everyone is so genuinely pleasant and patient. I brought both of my children by myself for cleanings expecting to have a stressful visit with my hands full and it was just the opposite. So thankful to have found Sweet Tooth!”
“Dr. Erica and her staff are amazingly patient and kind, especially with my son who has Down syndrome. The dentist isn't his favorite place to go due to sensory issues and even daily brushing is difficult, but they are wonderful. They never make us feel badly and always work quickly to get him in and out of the chair. They accommodate us and our children and allow the children to have a say in their flavors and my daughter especially loved that. They truly are kind, compassionate, and loving people who make both of our kids feel welcome!”
“We've been taking our three kids here since they were younger than two. The staff is friendly, courteous, flexible and skilled. Each of my kids is different and they work hard to make each one feel comfortable. I love the way they work with my kids to make going to the dentist a fun experience, (and my kids enjoy the perk of the games in the waiting room as well!) I would absolutely recommend them to anyone.”
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