by LINDA FRABL | photos by Tyler McElhaney

This Pediatric Dentist Accommodates Parents and Provides a Pleasant Experience

In this age of helicopter parenting, it is normal to be involved with the minute details of your child’s existence. Although this can sometimes be a hindrance for your child’s development, when it comes to dental care, children need their parents to be their advocates. Thankfully, Dr. Linh Tsai of CarlsbaDDS Pediatric Smiles is also a parent, so she understands and encourages parental involvement. She elaborated, “As a mother, I too, am concerned about the same issues many of my parents are: X-ray radiation, cavities, and cleanliness. This is why I personally review each patient’s chart prior to seeing them and make sure my care is individualized. I welcome parents/caretakers to accompany their children, and I will discuss in detail alternate treatments, the risks and benefits of no treatments, and I’ll take parents’ input into consideration and find a medium place so everyone feels comfortable with the proposed treatment plan.”

Born in Vietnam, Linh grew up in Northern California, earned her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine (UCI), and had her pediatric dental residency training at USC. Accomplished in her field, Linh won the UCI Alumni Research Award for her work in cleft palate and palatal suture closure, and in 2007 she became a boarded diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She now applies her vast knowledge to CarlsbaDDS Pediatric Smiles, which she opened in 2008.

“My daughter actually loves going to the dentist to see Dr. Tsai.” – Jon

As a pediatric office that provides comprehensive dental care for patients from ages 1 to 18, the décor has a lovely sea theme that immediately enchants and calms all patients. Linh added, “We strive to make each visit a pleasant experience! Our team’s common goal is to provide the best care for our patients.” That care includes offering such resources as laughing gas, oral sedation, and even IV sedation with a board certified dental anesthesiologist, if necessary. Conscious of accommodating families, CarlsbaDDS Pediatric Smiles also has Saturday appointments and schedules siblings together whenever possible.


So if you are a cautious parent hoping to find a pediatric dental office that treats your child with the same level of thoughtful attention that you yourself would, rest assured that CarlsbaDDS Pediatric Smiles won’t disappoint. Linh emphasized, “The inspiration to have my own office is so I can care for my patients the way I would for my own children.” What more could a parent ask for?

Name of Business: CarlsbaDDS Pediatric Smiles
Owner/Manager: Linh Tsai, DDS
Years in Position: 6 years
Year of Establishment: May 2008
Address: 1285 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: 760-730-3456
Description of Business: CarlsbaDDS Pediatric Smiles provides excellent dental care in an environment of caring, trust, gentleness, and respect. They strive to improve your child’s dental health and are dedicated to making your child’s dental visits as pleasant and comfortable as possible.