Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
Meet our Pediatric Dentists Dr. Cindy Weideman & Dr. Jeff Sue and our Orthodontist Dr. Lexie Lyon
Dr. Cindy Weideman grew up in Folsom and started working in our dental practice when she was only fourteen years old. She worked during the summer months sterilizing instruments, filing charts, and filling out insurance forms. While she was still in high school, she became a Registered Dental Assistant and started assisting her dad with treating their little patients. She attended Bella Vista High School, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UC Davis, graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni Dental School in San Francisco in 1989, and completed her Residency in Pediatric Dentistry at UCLA College of Dentistry where she was chief resident. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. > Read more about Dr. Cindy Weideman
Dr. Jeff Sue (Dr. Jeff) joined our practice as a dentist in 2000. However, he was not new to our office. He started seeing Dr. Mike as a patient when he was three years old. While a student at Bella Vista High School, Dr. Jeff spent time in our practice learning all about pediatric dentistry and helping Dr. Mike with patients. He was awarded the Sunrise Dental Plaza College Scholarship upon his high school graduation. While in college, he often returned to our practice to spend time with the doctors, staff, and patients. He earned his Bachelors in Psychology degree from California State University in Sacramento, and in 2006 graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni Dental School in San Francisco 2000. He completed his Residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego where he was chief resident. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. > Read more about Dr. Jeff Sue
Dr. Lexie Lyons received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Saint Mary’s College of California. She then studied abroad at Sydney University in Australia. She graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. She completed her Orthodontic Residency as a Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 2007 from Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. > Read more about Dr. Lexie Lyons
Both Dr. Cindy and Dr. Jeff received extensive training in child psychology, developmental disabilities and infant oral health. They are active members of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The California Society of Pediatric Dentists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Sacramento District Dental Society and the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry.
What is a Pediatric Dentist (Pedodontist)?
In the same way that pediatricians are trained to meet a child’s medical needs, our pediatric dental specialists are uniquely qualified to protect your child’s oral health, using the most advanced techniques…and all in our delightfully friendly open treatment area.
Pediatric dentists have an additional two to three years of training at university pediatric facilities in addition to four year of dental school and four years of college study. Some pediatric dentists practice general dentistry before specializing, giving them a unique perspective. They learn how to deal with the behavioral aspects of children, how to make them feel comfortable, and to make the experience pleasant. Also, they are trained and qualified to treat special needs patients. > Read more about pediatric dentists
What is an Orthodontist?
Orthodontists are fully qualified dentists who embark on a further three years of university-based study and gain extensive clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. They are experts in correcting misalignments of the teeth and jaw. There are many debilitating problems associated with misalignment, for example, speech defects, difficulties chewing and difficulty maintaining adequate oral hygiene. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the regulating body for this branch of dentistry. Selecting an orthodontist who is a member of this organization adds the assurance that treatment is being administered by an individual with specialty education in oral biology and biomechanics. The AAO recommends that children should first be examined by the orthodontist around the age of seven, to ensure that jaw and tooth irregularities are not beginning to form.
Infant Oral Health
Now known as Early Childhood Caries (ECC), infant tooth decay results when babies fall asleep with breast milk or milk, formula and juice from a bottle on their teeth. Babies are not able to clear the pooling liquid from their mouths. Because the sugar in formula, milk or juice stays in contact with the teeth for a long time during the night or at naptime, the teeth can decay quickly. > Read more about infant oral health.
Dentistry for Children with Special Needs
Dr. Cindy Weideman received the You Light the Way Award from the San Juan Unified School District in appreciation for outstanding contributions to the students in special education. The California Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped has recognized Dr. Weideman’s volunteer dental services for disabled patients. Renee DuPriest, RDH, has been treating our special needs patients for over fifteen years. In recognition of her outstanding work, she received the Medical Service Award from the Sacramento Association of the Retarded. > Read more about dentistry for special needs patients