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Carmel Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Carmel Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Offers Kid-Friendly Dental Care to the Local Community

Carmel Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is a child-focused practice with a warm, friendly, and professional atmosphere. “Dr. Grant and I opened the office in 2006 when we recognized the community needed a more comprehensive approach to children’s dental care. We welcomed Dr. Lugtu and Dr. Fard to the team in early 2012, and they have been a wonderful addition,” said Dr. Pham. The office offers Board Certified Specialists in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, a distinction that requires two to three years additional training after dental school.

According to Dr. Pham, having two specialties at the same location offers parents more convenience and flexibility when scheduling their appointments. “We can also provide a higher level of comprehensive dental care, coordinating dental health needs with the growth of the jaws and bones,” explained Dr. Pham. The office embraces technology because it makes the patient experience more comfortable and less invasive. They use child-size X-rays and child-friendly instruments and equipment, as well as provide headsets at each dental chair and flat-mounted TVs for children to enjoy during their visit.

Drs. Pham, Lugtu, and Fard are dedicated to educating their patients and their parents in preventative oral health care and to educating themselves on the latest technologies and equipment. “We only want what is best for our patients, and we really believe it shows. We work hard to ensure the comfort of our patients and strive to create a friendly environment that will have children wanting to come back,” related Dr. Pham.


mp_carmelvalleypediatric-phamDr. Chris Pham
Dr. Pham comes from a family of dentists, all of whom practice in Northern California. “I have a big family and have always loved working with kids. I enjoy watching the kids grow up and watching their smiles mature,” said Dr. Pham.

mp_carmelvalleypediatric-lugtuDr. Kim Lugtu
Dr. Lugtu is a San Diego native, growing up in Rancho Peñasquitos. Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Lugtu is very involved in local dental societies and associations. She and her husband, Brian, love traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dog, Mochi. “I love making kids smile and creating fun and enjoyable memories of going to the dentist.”

mp_carmelvalleypediatric-fardDr. Peggy Fard
Dr. Fard is a native Californian and UCLA Dental School graduate. She served as chief resident during her pediatric training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, traveling, and spending time with loved ones. After eight years in her own private pediatric practice in New York, she’s happy to be back in California caring for the children of San Diego County. “I love working with kids, watching them grow, and helping make the dental experience a positive one, which creates healthy smiles for years to come.”

mp_carmelvalleypediatric-grantDr. Richard Grant
“I love making people smile. I remember the day I got my braces off. I want every patient to have that same glow,” declared Dr. Grant. While Dr. Grant focuses his practice on children, he also treats adult patients who want to improve their smile.



Name of Business: Carmel Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
Owner/Manager: Chris Pham, D.D.S.
Year of Establishment: 2006
Address: 12395 El Camino Real #218, San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: 858-755-8282
Description of Dental Practice: Comprehensive pediatric dental care and orthodontics in a friendly atmosphere in a state-of-the-art facility. The practice offers digital radiology, laser treatment, tooth-colored fillings, and sedation. The office works hard to provide the community with a healthy smile.