Favorite Dentists for Kids, GR Parents Say

No one likes going to the dentist… except maybe the kids that see the dentists on this list! We polled our GRKIDS reader family for their favorite dentists, and lots of people chimed in.

Apparently going to the dentist isn’t that bad if you find the right practitioner! 

If you’re new to Grand Rapids or find yourself needing a new medical professional, check out our comprehensive Top Dentists, Pediatricians, etc for Kids in Grand Rapids. list. See the number-one-voted care providers for several categories, and lists of excellent runners-up.

Every name in the guide received significant votes from our readers. Any sponsors you see were first voted in by our readers, and then were invited to offer more information on their practice.

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Dentists for Families in Grand Rapids

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children start seeing a dentist around the age of one. Visiting the dentist does not have to be intimidating, especially when you know the dentist is well-loved and trusted by local families. Check out our readers’ favorite dentists for kids below.

Voted Top Dentist for Kids

Dr. Agata Lefere at Grandville Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Agata Lefere, Grandville Pediatric Dentistry

As a pediatric dental office, we believe it is a privilege to treat children, and that we have a unique opportunity to make a difference in their lives. Here at Grandville Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to family-centered care for infant, children, adolescents and children with special needs. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, our mission is to establish and maintain the highest standards of clinical excellence and competency.

We strive to create an environment that encourages preventive care from infancy through adolescence as well as communication with families. We recognize the uniqueness of each child and the right to express this individuality.

We will continually seek ways to minimize children’s apprehension to dental care through our words, and other behavior management techniques. Our goal is to provide quality pediatric dental care for your child in a warm, welcoming, kid-friendly facility. It is our mission at Grandville Pediatric Dentistry to treat each child as if they were our own.

“Our daughter had an amazing first dental visit. As a parent I was extremely impressed with everything (atmosphere, staff, services). I felt the doctor was very thorough in explaining what she was doing to not only my daughter but also to me. I was nervous about taking a 3 year old to the dentist, but look forward to going again!” ~A. Pierce (parent of a patient)

3131 44th Street SW, Grandville | Grandville, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-531-3430


Dr. Brett Kingma DDS, Kingma Pediatric Dentistry

From infants, toddlers and preschoolers to adolescents — our experienced and caring team of pediatric dental professionals remains committed to providing quality and compassionate dental care for children of all ages. With the experiences and education of our staff, we are also able to treat children with special health care needs. Proper care and treatment of your child’s teeth requires specialized procedures and techniques to ensure proper growth and maintain overall oral health. Each stage of childhood presents unique issues and concerns — from brushing, flossing and routine exams to dental restorations and specialty procedures. Our compassionate pediatric dentists, Dr. Kingma and Dr. Randall, specialize in protecting and maintaining your child’s teeth — to set the foundation for a lifetime of proper oral hygiene.

“We give the highest recommendation to Kingma Pediatric Dentistry. From the moment you enter until the moment you leave, each and every professional is pleasant and accommodating! Our son loves to go to the dentist and we thank Dr. Kingma and staff for helping him feel that way.” ~Jane W.

1179 East Paris Avenue #130 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-942-9840


Dr. Jessica C. Massie, Dr. Aimee C. Valleau, Dr. Christopher E. VanDeven at Valleau, VanDeven, and Massie Dentistry for Children

At Valleau, VanDeven, and Massie Dentistry for Children, what sets our office apart is the kind, gentle, and compassionate care we provide all of our patients. We understand that a child’s mind is constantly growing and developing and that all children cope with new situations differently.

Our wonderful staff takes pride in making all children feel comfortable, relaxed, and even making a dental visit fun! Education is the focus of our practice, which is why our board-certified doctors feel it is important to take their time getting to know each patient and their family. We value parental involvement and we welcome parents and guardians back into our treatment area. We believe that with the right approach, parents and guardians can enhance the positive experience for their child. 

Our office utilizes the highest standards of care and the most up to date, evidence-based techniques and materials available. As parents ourselves, we understand that our children are the most precious people in the world. We built our practice around the needs of children and our doctors take their roles as members of your child’s healthcare team very seriously. We look forward to welcoming you to our family!

“The staff and environment are fantastic! They worked my daughter’s care into the schedule when no one else could see her for weeks. She was in lots of pain and we were new to the area…Wow! They came through, and as we went in for our regular visits it was a pleasure to bring my kids to the dentist. We need to speak out and promote people who really are top in their field!” ~Tamara A., parent of a patient 

2000 43rd St SE, Suite B | Grand Rapids, MI
170 Marcell Dr. N.E. | Rockford, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-455-1301 (Grand Rapids) 616-884-5812 (Rockford)


1 – Lefere, Dr. Agata (Grandville Pediatric Dentistry)
2 – Dr. Brett (Kingma Pediatric Dentistry)
3 – Massie, Dr. Jessica (Valleau, VanDeven and Massie, DDS)
4 – O’Callaghan, Dr. Daniel (Gaines Pediatric Dentistry)
5 – Valleau, Dr. Aimee (Valleau, VanDeven and Massie, DDS)
6 – Hoekwater, Dr. Jamie (Hoekwater Family Dentistry)
7 – (TIE) Bishop, Dr. Larissa (Grandville Dental Health Center)
(TIE) DeYoung, Dr. Amy (Dr. Amy DeYoung Pediatric Dentistry)
(TIE) Desai, Dr. Sunil (Alpine Ridge Dental)
10 – (TIE) McCone, Dr. Meggan (Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry)
(TIE) Rashewsky, Dr. Stephanie (Norman Family Dentistry) 

Gaines Pediatric Dentistry

We understand that a trip to the dental office can be intimidating for people of all ages. That’s why our office offers a fun environment for everyone! We have amenities for your kids including a play area with children’s books, toys, and iPads. Don’t worry parents, we haven’t forgotten about you either; while your child is enjoying games you can enjoy a coffee and access our WiFi. Our expert staff is kind, gentle and fun. We will do everything we can to ensure your child is at ease and relaxed.

As a pediatric dentist, Dr. O’Callaghan has two years of additional specialty training following his four years of dental school. During his residency, Dr. O’Callaghan had extensive training in infant oral health care, trauma management, cavity risk assessment, growth and development, interceptive orthodontic management, treatment of children and special needs patients in the operating room, and general restorative treatments.

A child’s mouth is constantly growing and changing so treatment is approached differently for children than it is for adults. Whether you’re looking for infant, special needs, or toddler to adolescent dental care, we’ve got you covered!

“The entire staff is so absolutely amazing. They do such a fantastic job, and care so much for their patients. My kids actually look forward to their dentist appointment.” ~Bonnie S.

1559 68th St. SE | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-258-2005


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Who doesn’t love to see their child smile? An orthodontist can help children feel confident about their smile, but with frequent appointments, and sometimes a lengthy and expensive treatment plan, finding the right orthodontist for your child is an important decision.

Thankfully, parents all over West Michigan have revealed to us the Grand Rapids orthodontists they love for their kids. Check out our list of the top 10 Orthodontists, voted by you, our readers.

If you’re new to Grand Rapids or find yourself needing a new medical professional check out our comprehensive guide to the Top Dentists, Pediatricians, ETC […]

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