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. Who knew?

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 Favorite Dentists, Doctors, Etc., Guide. See the number-one-voted care provider for several categories, and lists of excellent runners-up.

Every name in this 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 if they wished.

Voted Top Dentist for Kids

Dr. Stephanie Kloostra at Hudsonville Dental Kids

Dr. Stephanie Kloostra, Hudsonville Dental Kids

Dr. Stephanie Kloostra is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and serves on the Board of the West Michigan Dental Foundation.  She is actively involved in serving the dental community as well as your family.

At Hudsonville Dental and Hudsonville Dental Kids, our mission is simple: we put patients first.  We strive to provide a positive experience for you and your children by working together as a team in making decisions to ensure your family’s oral health needs are met and maintained. 

We also have a commitment to serving our community.  Through events like Dentistry from the Heart (Free Dental Day), to Halloween Candy Buyback, to sponsoring Little League teams, we are dedicated to giving back to the community in which we live.

One unique feature about our office is that we not only specialize in pediatric dentistry but are able to serve the entire family in one location. When you place your family’s trust in us, we will care for you and your children to ensure that you are offered, understand, and receive the highest quality dental care to help the whole family achieve and maintain excellent oral health.

“Always a friendly, comfortable, and anxiety-free visit!  Dr. Stephanie took time to explain simply everything she was doing and was very gentle and considerate to our child’s needs. Take your kiddo here! The plus is that mom & dad get their cleanings done at the same place!”
Lauren M.


Dr. Stephanie Kloostra | Dr. Bradley Dykstra | Dr. Brian Yared | Dr. Dale Schuur | Dr. Joshua Peiffer | Dr. Jeremy Schell | Dr. Daniel Roberts | Dr. Andrew Clemes


Hudsonville Dental | 3250 Central Blvd. | Hudsonville, MI 49426
Contemporary Family Dental | 2005 Breton Rd. SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Grand Haven Smiles | 921 S Beechtree St Suite 6B | Grand Haven, MI 49417

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1  – Kloostra, Dr. Stephanie (Hudsonville Dental Kids)
2 – Kingma, Dr. Brett (Kingma Pediatric Dentistry)
3 – Lefere, Dr. Agata (Grandville Pediatric Dentistry)
4 – Valleau, Dr. Aimee (Valleau, VanDeven and Massie, DDS)
5 – Massie, Dr. Jessica (Valleau, VanDeven and Massie, DDS)
6 – VanDeven, Dr. Chris (Valleau, VanDeven and Massie, DDS)
7 – (TIE) O’Callaghan, Dr. Daniel (Gaines Pediatric Dentistry)
(TIE) DeYoung, Dr. Amy (Dr. Amy DeYoung Pediatric Dentistry)
9 – Krause, Dr. Meggan (Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry)
10 – Hamilton, Dr. Veronica (Hamilton Pediatric Dentistry)

Dr. Daniel P. O’Callaghan, Gaines Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Daniel O’Callaghan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. O’Callaghan and the entire Gaines Pediatric Dentistry team enjoy caring for the smiles of your children, whether they are infants getting their first teeth or children starting to gain confidence in their smiles. We also know that visiting the dentist can be an intimidating experience for children of any age, so we’ve done all that we can to create a warm and welcoming office environment.

We’ve stocked our office with fun amenities for kids, including TVs in our private treatment rooms and iPads in our play area. We want your child to enjoy visits to our office and to have fun caring for his or her smile. We love caring for the smiles of children of all ages, and we can’t wait to meet you and your child.

“I have been to this office 3 times now. I have to say every time I go I receive exceptional service. I love the way Dr. O’Callaghan interacts with my daughter and the rest of the office staff is very friendly as well. She feels comfortable and actually likes going there. Everything is explained in detail and you know what to expect price wise before anything is done. I am so glad I stumbled across this office.”
Patient of Dr. O'Callaghan


1559 68th St SE | Suite A | Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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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 a make a difference in their lives. Here at Grandville Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to family-centered care for infants, 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.

“From the fun and entertaining waiting area, to the friendly staff, our first visit at Grandville Pediatric dentistry was phenomenal. Dr. Agata was sweet and patient with my 2 1/2 year old, and was extremely thorough. Would definitely recommend to those with young children!”
Patient of Dr. Agata Lefere


Dr. Agata Lefere | Dr. Michael Demeter | Dr. Sally Kotani


3131 44th Street SW | Grandville MI 49418

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Dr. Brett Kingma, Kingma Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Brett Kingma is reinventing what it means for a child to visit the dentist. Here at Kingma Pediatric Dentistry, we’re building a place where you and your family will feel like you belong. We want your kids to be our partners instead of just our patients. We want them to have an avenue to express their ideas, creativity, and ambitions. Beyond that, Dr. Kingma strives to provide his patients with opportunities for scholarships, clubs, sponsorships, and social events. Of course, while we create a memorable experience for your children, we will also be fighting the #1 chronic disease in children: tooth decay. How do we do this? Education is our focus!

As a board certified pediatric dentist and father of two, you can be sure Dr. Kingma is up to date on the latest research and technology, striving to provide the highest level of care to you and your children.

We pride ourselves in seeing any child with any need. We’re here to serve you! Oh, and we have a blast doing it!

Dr. Brett Kingma also is certified in laser dentistry, and is highly trained in treating infants and children who are tongue tied.

“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 can’t thank Dr. Kingma and staff enough for helping him feel that way.”
Patient of Dr. Kingma


1179 East Paris Ave SE | Suite 130 | Grand Rapids, MI 49546
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | GOOGLE+ | 616-942-9840

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By |2018-07-17T14:27:34+00:00November 13th, 2017|Categories: Family Care Practitioners, Health|Tags: , , |12 Comments

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  1. Cheryl Endres June 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Amy De Young is great!

  2. Renee Parks January 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Dr. Karen O’Rourke in Grand Rapids.

  3. Hannah November 16, 2016 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I second Growing Smiles!

  4. Liberty November 16, 2016 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Hudsonville Dental worked miracles with my daughter. She had extensive work done and they were amazing at getting her to sit still for almost 1 1/2 hours!

  5. Gretchen Deeds November 14, 2016 at 8:40 am - Reply

    We got referred over to Growing Smiles and Dr. Meggan Krause. Love her!

  6. CB November 14, 2016 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I am stunned that Dr. Heather (Mallory-May) of Breton Gardens dentistry wasn’t at the top of the list. She is simply amazing. Kids with dental fears? See her.

  7. Danielle August 9, 2015 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    We have tried one in Grandville, but are so happy to drive right past it to Hudsonville Family Dentistry. One of my girls used to have to be pulled from the car to go in. Hudsonville Family is far more respectful to children and their bright smiles are always warm and welcoming!!!

  8. Amy P August 6, 2015 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Barnes Family Dental Care in Hastings! Dr Spencer Barnes and team are great with kiddos (& adults)!

  9. Abby Taylor via Facebook August 5, 2015 at 8:12 am - Reply

    We go to Breton Gardens & love seeing dr Mallory-May. She is fantastic with my 2 year old.

  10. Lynnette Kovich via Facebook August 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Dr Deyoung

  11. Angie Kalee Schreur via Facebook August 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Have been at VanDeven for almost 5 years already. Great Place!!

  12. Ashley Putnam via Facebook August 4, 2015 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Amy Longstreet the first dentist on the list is where I’m going to take Reese. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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