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Our Story How A Passion For Dentistry Was Born

Dr. J. and  his brotherOur Story

San Diego Dentistry

For me, dentistry began thanks to my little brother, an epic Nintendo game, and a broken tooth.

One evening back in 1993, I got so excited during a heated game of “Street Fighter” that I accidentally smacked my 7-year-old brother, Mo, on the back of the head.

Mo flew face-first into the corner of a wooden table, and the table won. His tooth shattered, exposing a painful nerve.

I offered Mo gifts for years if he would promise to never smile, just so our parents wouldn’t discover the tooth.

That promise didn’t last.

Due to lack of money and know-how, our immigrant parents didn’t have access to a dentist. The tooth wasn’t fixed, and for years, I watched my brother hide his fractured smile.

The Silver Lining Is that the Guilt Led Me to Start this Clinic

I wanted to see my brother – and others -- smile with confidence. That childhood moment gave me purpose through years of training. I wanted to master the craft and bring back Mo’s smile.

Finally, when Mo and I were roommates at UCLA – he was an undergrad; I was in dental school there -- I got to fix his tooth.

Today, he’s a computer engineer whose smile is big and bright.

He designed the top-notch technology in our office. He also joined some buddies at a little startup called Pinterest.

Let’s say he’s doing just fine.

Our story makes Scripps Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics more than a dental office. It's a unique place aimed at giving kids the life-changing power of a confident smile.

Dr. J's Vision

Simply, to be the recognized leader in pediatric dentistry in San Diego, through the cultivation of happiness for team, parents, and patients.

The mission of our team is to provide comprehensive and specialized oral healthcare for infants, children, and adolescents in a safe, friendly, and technologically-advanced environment. We are committed to the highest standards of care and ethics. We pay special attention to promoting education, prevention, and a healthy lifestyle for your children while treating them as we would our own.

At Scripps Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we believe that every child deserves a dental home. Comprehensive pediatric dental care requires not oly good dentistry but also community involvement, counseling, and trust. We encourage you to be part of the dental process and welcome you to accompany your child every step of the way during treatment. We have designed our office to put you and your child at ease. We hope you find it as fun and relaxing a place as we do. Come see how our commitment to quality care makes us different.

Why We Smile

In ancient days when caves were the primary homes of human, when creatures the size of tanks wandered the earth, there was a boy with eyes as curious as his soul.

His home often felt like a prison to fear, for outside the safety of the stone cave, dragons and monsters lurked, turning his nights into trapped days and long years.

Until one evening when he discovered a power hidden within his curved lips to the sky. A smile.

He had discovered a smile. A simple act - joy and confidence - that burned his soul with a sense of strength more powerful than fire.

Fear was no longer an obstacle and home no longer a prison as with his smile, he had the power to tame the wind and make even giants bow. So he left the cave, armed with courage, curiosity, and his smile, determined to see the wonder of the world, full of dragons or not.

This boy, who lived in the times of dragons, smiles, and other magic things, still lives on today. He is within the boy who founded Scripps Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, and also the person you see in the mirror.

Each of us ready to face today’s demons with that boy’s ancient secret:

"We smile not simply because we are happy.

We are happy because we smile."

Call Scripps Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics today at (858) 252-0577 or contact us online to speak with a knowledgeable dentist in San Diego.

What Makes Us Unique?

  1. Dr. J Shahangian is board-certified and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  2. We have treated infants, children, and teens for more than a decade
  3. We have specialists in Orthodontics, Anesthesia and Oral Surgery
  4. We offer patients comprehensive oral health care from 0 to 18 years old
  5. We treat our patients like family, giving them the same standard of care and treatment we give our own children
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Our Patients Make Us Smile!

  • “It immediately corrected her silent reflux, gas and constipation issues!”


  • “Everyone was approachable and we never felt rushed.”

    Lyn C.

  • “My 1 yr old did not cry once during examination and teeth cleaning.”

    Leti R.

  • “I don't believe there could be a better dentist for kids.”

    Den W.

  • “I was so grateful and he was extremely reassuring to a scared boy and an even more-freaked out mother.”

    Hope G.

  • “Excellent team and service!”

    Lil S.

  • “I wish they took adult patients because my husband & I would go there!!”

    Verity P.

  • “My kids are never scared to go to the dentist.”

    Lindsey M.

  • “They always leave happy. Nice job!”

    Julie W.

  • “My kids don't hate going to the dentist so I feel like we've won.”

    Briana W.

  • “They are so kid friendly and know how to make them feel comfortable that I don't really need to do any hand holding or be involved which is nice.”

    Lance C.

  • “Our boys look forward to coming!”

    Johner R.

  • “Our daughter has never complained about going to the dentist's office.”

    Beth M.

  • “My son actually looks forward to coming to the dentist.”

    Jana S.

  • “Both my kids who are pretty fearful of doctors/dentists and they both love it here.”

    Krysie S.