by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Jessica Breaux and provided by Bright Pediatric Smiles | Special Advertisement

Partnering With Families Every Step of the Way

Poway’s Bright Pediatric Smiles Helps Kids Start Early for Lifelong Dental Health

Did you know that The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends all children visit the dentist by age one, or six months after their first tooth comes in? Dr. Sambath Tiep, known as Dr. Sam, knows that lifelong dental health is a result of starting children young with a pediatric dentist, whose specialized knowledge helps gain the child’s trust and ensures successful, frequent future visits. At Dr. Sam’s new Poway facility, Bright Pediatric Smiles, she’s even introduced a program called Bright Start, where uninsured patients ages two and under receive a free initial exam and cleaning. The program underscores Dr. Sam’s commitment to community and partnering with families every step of the way. Starting by sitting in an open bay of dental chairs where the child can see other patients cooperating and learning about dental care – or in a bright blue or green room for families who want more privacy – Bright Pediatric Smiles is the place!

Dr. Sam provides tooth-colored fillings, digital x-rays, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and minimally invasive options. “We go out of our way and take the time to help young patients and their families have positive and enjoyable experiences from the minute they enter our door,” she explained. A patient’s visit to Bright Pediatric Smiles starts with a big smile, and the child can pick their favorite flavor of fluoride and animal (that will make sense once they’re in the chair!), watch movies on the ceiling, and finish the fun with a trip to the treasure box for a prize and goodie bag.

“We go out of our way and take the time to help young patients and their families have positive and enjoyable experiences from the minute they enter our door.”

Dr. Sam earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at University of Southern California’s Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, along with multiple honors and accolades: Dean’s List, Charles Goldstein Award, and the Doctors Out to Care Appreciation Award. Her previous decade of service included pediatric offices serving disadvantaged populations, so she continues her connections to the local community through fun dental presentations at local schools, events like RB Alive! and SuperHero Fun Run, charities like Gently Hugged, and working with and supporting other small businesses as a member of the Poway Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about her work with Give Kids a Smile, which provides free oral health services to millions of underserved children.

Bright Pediatric Smiles has built a modern, bright, and open practice to help create a caring and comfortable environment for kids of all ages, and Dr. Sam is committed to providing honest, quality dental care at a place where parents feel secure in their choice of a dental home for their children.


Name of Business: Bright Pediatric Smiles
Owner: Dr. Sambath Tiep
Year of Establishment: 2019
Address: Pomerado Rd., Suite 206, Poway, CA 92064
Phone: 858-251-3313
Description of Business: At Bright Pediatric Smiles, our mission is simple: to provide gentle and compassionate pediatric dentistry tailored to the unique needs of your family, helping kids of all ages smile bright.