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Welcome To Uptown Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentist in Oakland, CA

Our vision is to have your child or teen have such a good experience, their generation may enjoy going to the dentist. We strive to educate our patients and parents in the latest fact-based dental techniques, in an age appropriate manner and provide quality dentistry in a supportive environment.

We strive to be culturally and socially aware as well as respectful of all who visit our office.

Parents are always welcome to accompany their child to our treatment area and many younger children sometimes sit on their parent’s lap.

Our Services

At Uptown Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a variety of services to care for your child’s mouth.

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Testimonials

Dr. Denise Bass Allen, DDS

I love Pediatric Dentistry! My favorite challenge is a child who is apprehensive or scared, especially if they had a bad experience at another dentist...

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Dr. Denise Bass Allen, DDS

I love Pediatric Dentistry! My favorite challenge is a child who is apprehensive or scared, especially if they had a bad experience at another dentist. Over the years I have developed more and more patience and I find I can ease most children’s anxiety and help them see we know how to make Pediatric Dentistry easier. I also love new toddler patients. Most parents are nervous about their child’s first appointment because they don’t know what to expect. I love spending time talking to parents about their dental history, nutrition , brushing and what to expect as their child grows older. This helps ease their anxiety and makes the experience easier for both parent and child. I also love that we now have A-traumatic Restorative Techniques (ART) to slow down or stop the progression of decay in young children and either postpone or eliminate traditional drilling and filling. I grew up in south Berkeley and now live in Oakland. I love the weather, environment and diversity of the East Bay and plan to stay here forever. My daughter was a lifer at Head-Royce School and I was on the Board there for nine years. She has now started her own custom bakery business [Full Belly Bakery] and of course, I help her as much as possible. I have many hobbies such as hiking (with my Outdoor Mocha Divas), traveling, gardening and mosaic tiling, but my favorite avocation is skiing. I have skied since I was in 7th grade. Three years ago with the encouragement of a few ski friends I decided to be a part time ski instructor at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. I love sharing my love of the sport and teach adults and children at Squaw on some weekends and holidays. Recent killings of African American males by police have stirred many in our society to read more about American history. In my opinion history is best remembered and understood if there is a personal connection. In that spirit I want to share a bit of my family history. Both my maternal and paternal great- grand parents were born into slavery. My maternal great- grand father, Walter Alexander Gorham lived in southern Louisiana. New Orleans was the first southern city liberated by the Union Army. Walter joined the Corp d’ Afrique and fought for the Union in the Battle of Port Hudson. If you visit Washington D.C. go to the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum. Talk with the curator and see my great-grand fathers name on the memorial with many other men. One of Walter’s daughters was my grandmother. She and her newly web husband migrated to Oakland in 1918 from New Orleans. My mother said my grandmother would never talk about her experience with Jim Crow. She always said “you don’t need to know that, I won’t talk about that”. It is my hope we never say we don’t need to know or talk about race again. Talking and sharing our experiences is the only way we can start to make a change.

Dr. Susanna Cheng, DDS

I was born and raised in Oakland, CA. I graduated from Skyline High School. I received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of San Franci...

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Dr. Susanna Cheng, DDS

I was born and raised in Oakland, CA. I graduated from Skyline High School. I received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of San Francisco. I went straight to the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry where I received my D.D.S. in 1991. I practiced adult dentistry for the first 2 years out of dental school. I began associating at a pediatric dental office in 1993. Between 1993 and now, I have treated very few adults. I much prefer to work with children. I began associating with Dr. Denise Bass Allen in July of 2001.

Dr. Niekia Franklin

Dr. Niekia loves working with children and has loved waking up to serve the most precious patients every day for the past five years! She is very invo...

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Dr. Niekia Franklin

Dr. Niekia loves working with children and has loved waking up to serve the most precious patients every day for the past five years! She is very involved in her community including participating and hosting in Give Kids a Smile events for the past 9 years! As a national committee member and National Ambassador for the Give Kids a Smile Program, Dr. Niekia believes all children should receive the very best dental care. Dr. Niekia has received numerous awards such as National ADEA Preventive Dentistry Scholarship, International College of Dentists Student Humanitarian Award, and Warren Parker Community Dentistry Award. Her hobbies include exploring the Oakland and Berkeley trails with her adopted corgi/spaniel “son-dog” Maximus, exercising, camping, hosting dinner parties, and organizing tailgates (a throwback to her Southern roots). Top 3% of her dental class at the Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Franklin completed specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University School of Dentistry with extensive experience in sedation and working with patients who have cleft lip/cleft palate, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays. Dr. Franklin completed her certification to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in the top quintile in all 8 tested categories. She loves keeping up with all the latest pediatric dental evidence especially regarding the oral-airway and oral-systemic connections, conservative treatment alternatives, and minimally invasive procedures.

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