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.
Meet Dr. Erica Video
“Absolutely Amazing!!! Completely worth the 15min drive. Sweet Tooth is the utmost AMAZING, kid friendly dentistry. Everyone is cheerful, kind, gentle and welcoming. My girls (14 year old and 5 year old) absolutely enjoyed the entire experience. Thank you SWEET TOOTH!!! 🙂 See you next week with my 1 year old.
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“Our daughter Mackenzie (3 yrs) was a bit timid going into the “dentist chair” and knowing her teeth were going to be checked with the “hook”. But the atmosphere for her changed the minute she knew Dr. Erica would be checking her teeth. Her face lit up for the next 30 minutes. Everyone working there was so patient with the 100 questions she had about everything around her. Dr. Erica made the entire experience fun for Mackenzie, and by the end she was begging not to leave. I’m beyond thrilled that we’ve found the perfect match for Her. Thank you to
Dr. Erica and the Sweet Tooth team. I would recommend you to anyone.”
“My children love coming to the dentist! The staff at
Sweet Tooth is so friendly and welcoming. They provide great care for the children and make the trip to the dentist fun!”
“Sweet tooth is the perfect place to bring your kids for a great cleaning and a kid friendly environment. Their well trained and knowledgeable staff walk you through every step of any process in professional manner; they also answer any questions you may have.”
“Fantastic Doctor and staff. Adorable and immaculate office. Everyone is welcoming, smiling and extremely patient -- exactly what a pediatric dentist office should be. I can't say enough good things. My daughter went from being afraid at another pediatric dentist to not wanting to leave Dr. Erica's office.”
“Everyone makes my kids feel at ease and it’s a pleasure bringing all three to the dentist. We love everyone at Sweet Tooth!!”
“Amazing place. From the first minute we walked in, my son felt very comfortable. Toys for him to play with to help ease the transition into the dentist room. The staff was unbelievable with my 2 year. He didn’t like the cleaning to much but they were able to get through it with out a complete melt down. The dentist didn’t make us (parents) feel horrible about my sons teeth. They were very helpful in helping us change our habits. Look forward to many more trips there.”
“Very friendly place everyone is so nice gives you a safe warm feeling my daughter loves it she had her first appointment there today and shes excited to come back we love it there.”
“This practice is so patient with my two year old. We came here for a second opinion about a fractured tooth, which had the same end result. However, coming here gave me peace of mind that we were doing the right thing. The hygienist and dentist were extremely patient with my son and you could tell that they actually like children. Thank you so much for taking the time to take care of us. It was worth the 30 min drive. I would much rather come to your practice than the dentist that is 5 min down the road from us.”
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