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Pediatric Dentistry

You can help prevent oral pain and other dental issues from affecting your child's ability to attend school and focus on learning.

Pediatric dentistry treatments by the skilled dentists at Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne, IN, can give your child a healthy smile.

How can our pediatric dentists use dentistry procedures tailored to children to maintain your child's oral health for years to come?

The Harrison Dental Group Approach To Pediatric Dentistry

Our dentists know that instilling the right habits now can mean healthy teeth for a lifetime. We strive to make visiting the dentist easy for both parents and children. Our team is dedicated to offering calming techniques, effective technology, and exceptional care. We also finish every treatment by letting children pick out a small reward so they can associate the dentist with something fun.

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Is Pediatric Dentistry Really Necessary?

Absolutely. The CDC reports the following:

20 percent of children ages 5 to 11 have at least one cavity

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At Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne, IN, our esteemed dentists use high-tech pediatric dentistry techniques to prevent and treat children's oral health issues like cavities or gum disease. Personalized pediatric treatment plans can be put in place for your child as early as year one.

We also focus on teaching young children the value of practicing good oral hygiene. Proper brushing and flossing can prevent decay and other issues during teen years and adulthood.

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Do we allow parents in the exam room? 

Some young children may benefit from having one of their parents in the appointment with them, but it’s usually in a child’s best interest to be treated without parental interference. Studies have shown that children over the age of 3, often respond better to dental treatment when their parents are not in sight. Our dentists are specially trained to handle many behavioral problems that might arise. It is our specialty to create an environment in which your child feels safe.

In order to allow necessary space for the Doctor and Dental Team to provide outstanding care for your child, only one Parent/Guardian may accompany a patient into the operatory.

Due to your child’s safety and the safety of our dental staff, we ask that siblings of patients remain in the waiting area. It is our belief that siblings who wait in the waiting area and not accompany patients, have greater success in their own future dental appointments.
Parents and dentists are a team working to ensure the dental health of your children throughout their adolescents into adulthood. It is our hope to have shed a little light on this topic. 

If you still have questions regarding our policy or concerns with something you read, let us know and we are happy to address them.

"My kids just feel confident." Hear From Stephanie, a Local Mother

Stephanie shares her story about bringing her kids to Harrison Dental Group for the first time. Our dentists helped them feel at ease and helped boost their confidence in the process. Dr. Richelle Orman and the entire team hope to make every pediatric dentistry visit a positive and educational experience.

Kids Who Receive Dental Care Do Better in School

According to a study done by the American Journal of Public Health:

Children with dental pain miss almost three times as much school as those with healthy teeth
By scheduling regular dental appointments, you can help keep your children focused in school and free from dental pain and other oral health issues. 

Keep Your Child's Smile Healthy

​Contact Us for a Pediatric Dentistry Exam

Keeping your child's smile healthy and strong starting at one year of age is of the utmost importance. The experienced pediatric dentists of Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne, IN, use the latest digital technologies and advanced techniques in dentistry to detect, treat, and prevent oral health issues in our pediatric patients as efficiently, precisely, and comfortably as possible.

If your child is suffering from tooth pain, has crooked teeth, or is overdue for an exam, schedule a pediatric dental appointment today at one of our Fort Wayne, IN, offices. Just use our easy online form or call us any time.

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Hear How We Set the Foundation For a Lifetime of Beautiful Smiles


Brittney Call


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I can’t say enough good things about the treatment we received at my daughters first ever visit last week. My daughter is still talking about what Miss Tina taught her. Everyone we met was so welcoming and the office was so clean and COVID safe. We can’t wait to establish our whole family and go back!

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Crystal Coleman


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Took my 5 year and 2 year old for a new patient visit and cleaning. It was my 2 year olds first dental appointment ever, and I am very happy that this was his first experience! They spent ample time interacting with both and I feel like my kids will be able to learn that the dentist does not have to be a scary place. Thank you!

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Oraqix® Gel A Popular Option for More Comfortable Visits

Receiving sedation can be scary for kids in particular, especially when needles are involved. However, your family has another option at our Fort Wayne offices: Oraqix®.

Oraqix is a type of numbing gel that can be applied to your child's mouth before treatment. It's safe, easy to use, and incredibly effective at maintaining comfort.

Wonder if this numbing treatment can help during your child's appointment? Get in touch today.

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How We Keep Young Patients Comfortable And Help Their Smiles Stay Healthy


Carla Mohamedali


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Harrison Dental Group deserves more than "5 Stars"!!!! Dr. Orman, Assistant Maria, Assistant Kim and Dental Hygienist Rene are top of the line in their field. My daughter is on the autism spectrum and they were fantastic with her!

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Victoria Moore


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My son and I go here and we absolutely love it. Great customer service and really great with kids which is actually why I chose Harrison Dental Group. Angie always take us back and she is very inviting. Good dental group overall!

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It's Never Too Early For a Pediatric Dentistry Appointment

Many parents aren't exactly sure when to take their child in for their first dentistry appointment. The truth is, you don't need to wait until your child has all of their teeth before you take them to the dentist.

At our practice, we recommend bringing children in for their appointments once they turn a year old.

This will help us truly set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. If you're ready to learn more, reach out to our Fort Wayne dentists.

How Do I Know If My Child Has a Cavity?

Young children can have a hard time communicating that their teeth hurt. If your child is dealing with a cavity, they may present with symptoms like:

  • Excessive crying
  • ​Trouble with hot or cold food
  • A pimple on the gums
  • Bleeding, pus, or discharge
  • Pulling their ear frequently
  • Discomfort with sweet foods
  • A dark or white tooth spot
  • Swollen gums
  • Inability to gain weight

Do These Symptoms Sound Familiar? We Offer Emergency Dental Care

Sometimes, treatment cannot wait until your next cleaning. If you notice symptoms like tooth pain or swollen gums, visit one of our Fort Wayne practices. Our caring team can help you and your child with emergency dental care appointments.

Visit a Team That Can Handle Your Family's Needs

Parents and children alike can trust our dentists to take care of their teeth. We treat children as young as one year old, as well as adults and seniors, with cavity care, cleanings, crowns, and more. 

Our team also speaks Spanish and English, making it easier to find a helpful, communicative practice for your whole family.

Your comfort matters, starting with our inviting waiting room, complete with televisions and a children's area.

To begin, contact one of our four friendly Fort Wayne dental offices. You can also call us at:


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We're experienced in keeping both parents and kids at-ease. We want your trip to one of our four Fort Wayne offices to be as stress-free as possible.

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A Team Trusted By Fort Wayne Parents and Children

"I have really bad anxiety when it comes to the dentist. I was nervous coming back but the hygienist and doctor were amazing. They were understanding and eased my worries. My children and I all come here. I am grateful for a safe space to receive care for the whole family." Brittany Norwalt

Busy Schedule? We Have Extended Hours


School, work, and extracurriculars—parents have a lot to juggle. We understand, which is why our pediatric dentists have extended hours. Our team also has four Fort Wayne offices, so you can visit the one closest to you. Message us to find a time and location that both work for you and your family.

Choose a Team With Advanced Dental Technology

Our modern dental tools can make your appointment quicker and easier. For instance, we use digital X-rays that significantly reduce exposure to radiation during imaging.

We also feature intraoral scanners, which allows us to examine detailed images of the mouth in real time. This means that we can precisely identify any oral health issues affecting your child and cut down on their time in the dentist's chair.

Is your child due for a dentistry visit? Whether they've been to the dentist many times or this is their first appointment, we're here to make it all easier with our helpful technology.

Contact our welcoming Fort Wayne practice or call:

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With four Fort Wayne offices to choose from, your family has found a convenient dental practice dedicated to your well-being.


Advanced Dental Technology Means Easier Appointments

Fort Wayne Finds Healthy Smiles With Harrison Dental Group


Laresa Lund


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I've been going to Andrea as my hygienist since I was little! She is awesome and has become a friend to our family. We followed her when she moved to Harrison Dental. She's warm, kind, and attentive - always remembering small details about your life and asking how things are going. I've always loved going to the dentist because it has meant getting to see her. She's also really good with kids.

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Shannan Howell


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I absolutely LOVE this dental group. Dr. Orman and Maria are the absolute BEST!

Great with all my children and very kind and helpful with explaining what’s going on!!

I’ll never go to another dentist again!

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3 Ways You Can Help Your Child In Between Dental Appointments

The work you put in between appointments will make pediatric dentistry—and your child's experience with it—so much easier. Some of the best things you can do to help your child include:

Brushing With Them

Young children look up to and learn from their parents. The best way you can show them that brushing is important is by doing it yourself. Brush and floss your teeth along with your child, or after you help them brush.


Making Brushing Fun

Kids often pick up on their parents' attitudes. If you make brushing and visiting the dentist seem fun, kids will often feel the same way. You can do this by acting excited, playing music as your child brushes, and praising them for a job well done.


Brushing For Them

Younger children may still need help brushing and flossing. Our dentists can explain what the age-appropriate expectations are. We can also show you how to brush and floss your child's teeth comfortably so you have peace of mind that you're helping them.

Worried About Pediatric Dental Costs?

We accept many PPO insurance plans as well as the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP 2.0). Our friendly staff will happily check your plan regarding procedure coverage.

Your child's oral health is priceless, but sometimes dental insurance may not cover all of a particular procedure. Should out-of-pocket fees be a concern, please do not delay getting your child the dental care they need. We offer affordable in-house payment plans and accept low-interest financing plans through trusted lenders like CareCredit® and Citi Health.

Harrison Dental Group

Harrison Dental Group

The doctors of Harrison Dental Group have been providing family-friendly dentistry for decades. Our dental care is advanced, yet affordable, and we are members of various prestigious organizations:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

To request a consultation at one of our Fort Wayne locations, call us at (260) 747-4747
or request an appointment online

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