The health and safety of our patients and staff at Sunset Pediatric Dental Group are of the utmost importance. Please click here to read our latest updates regarding our safety precautions and the infection control procedures we implement in our practice:

Kids Love Us. Parents Trust Us.

With an open and inviting feel, our office is environmentally friendly and state-of-the-art, with low-radiation digital X-ray machines. We also use the most up-to-date dental materials, which are mercury-free, BPA-free and latex-free.

Meet The Doctors

Robert R Smith DDS

From his very early years of walking the San Diego zoo on weekends with his grandmother, Dr. Robert Smith developed an interest in the biological sciences.

Lily H Ghafouri DMD MS

Dr. Lily Ghafouri graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry. 

Shiva Borukhim DDS

Dr. Shiva Hedvat Borukhim specializes in dentistry for infants, children, and patients with special
health care needs.

Your Child’s First Visit

Your Child’s
First Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist before they turn 1, or within 6 months of the appearance of the first baby tooth.

Bringing your child to the pediatric dentist at a very early age allows him or her to meet the dentist, and become comfortable in the dental office setting. Sometimes new places can make kids nervous and uncooperative, and that’s alright! We understand. We will be patient and take our time to develop a solid relationship. If your child ever needs a filling or extraction, we always avoid the words “hurt”, “shot”, “pull”, “needle”, and suggest you do too.

First visits usually include a gentle exam of teeth, jaw, bite, gums and oral tissues, a gentle cleaning, demonstration of proper home cleaning, fluoride treatment, and answering any questions you may have about your child’s oral health.


Your child’s first visit to the dentist can set the stage for a lifetime of good oral health.  We offer an array of services that will grow with your children through the years and put them on the right path of a lifetime of good oral health.

  • Dental Cleanings & Fluoride Treatments
  • Baby Exams
  • Digital X-rays
  • Dental Sealants
  • Restorative Care including Crowns, Fillings, Root Canals, and Extractions
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings and Crowns
  • Laser dentistry
  • Flippers 
  • Minimal Sedation with Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”)
  • General Anesthesia When Necessary
  • Space Maintainers (Spacers)
  • Sports Dentistry including Exams & Athletic Mouthguards
  • Emergency and Dental Trauma Care
  • Limited Orthodontic Treatment

Healthy Little Teeth

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Expecting Moms

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Ages 6-10

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Ages 11 and up

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Oral Hygiene

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Diet & Nutrition

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Sports Dentistry

Dental Emergencies

If your child has suffered a blow to the head or any other life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency room. If your child faces a dental emergency, call us immediately. We are always here to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Here are some tips on dealing with urgent dental situations:

Cut Lip, Tongue or Cheek

Facial Swelling


Broken Tooth

Knocked Out Tooth

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Children love to play and sometimes accidents may happen that result in them biting or cutting their tongue, lip or cheek. If these injuries bleed, use sterile gauze or a clean cloth to apply firm, but gentle, pressure to the wound. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes of pressure, you should travel to the nearest emergency room. You can also apply ice to any areas of the face or mouth that bruise.

If your child complains of a toothache, our doctors recommend relieving the pain with acetaminophen, NOT aspirin. It’s also important to keep the area around the painful tooth clean by rinsing with warm salt water. If the face starts to swell, you can use a cold compress to relieve the swelling. Please contact our office for an appointment as quickly as possible.

If your child accidentally breaks a tooth, quickly rinse the mouth with warm water and put a cold compress over the injury to relieve swelling and pain. Retrieve any pieces of the broken tooth, if you can and seek immediate dental attention.

Knocking out a permanent tooth is serious for your child and quick reaction and timing is critical. Make sure you retrieve the tooth, and only hold it by the crown or top and not the root end. You should rinse off the tooth but don’t try to clean it and don’t handle it more than necessary. Next, reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If reinserting the tooth isn’t possible, put it in a cup of milk or water and see us immediately for an appointment.

If you notice facial swelling or a swollen cheek, please call our office immediately. However, if facial swelling approaches the eye or is causing your child to have trouble breathing, this is a medical emergency and you need to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

To our wonderful patients and their families,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. We recognize the unprecedented impact COVID-19 has had on our children’s lives. We empathize with the changes and the uncertainty they have faced. Like your family, our team has faced many challenges during the stay at home period and are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your child’s dental health, safety and overall well-being. We are getting ready to reopen in stages. In the initial phase, it will be necessary to see a reduced volume of patients on a daily basis, to comply with guidelines on social distancing and infection control from state and national agencies. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this process and encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns so we may do our best to accommodate you.

Our office will continue to adhere to infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations. We are happy to answer any questions you many have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

When you come back for your next appointment, you will see that we’ve made some changes to hep ensure the safety of you, other patients and our team. For example:

• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in our office.
• We will perform temperature checks upon arrival and anyone with a temperature of 100.4F or above cannot be seen.
• We provide hand sanitizer in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed. We will ask you to use it when you enter our office.
• Now you can check-in from your car. As a result, you are able to minimize contact with others, bypass the reception area and go directly to the treatment room.
• We ask that you arrive wearing a face covering. We will ask you to dispose of any outside gloves before you enter to minimize cross-contamination.
• You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
• We have placed medical grade HEPA filters in all dental rooms. These filters have been tested to remove 99.97% of air particles down to 0.1 microns in a room within 15 minutes.
• We will be wearing masks at all times which means you will not be seeing our smiling faces. Know we are happy to see you and we are doing our best to keep you safe.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of our small, private practice. We value your trust and strive to continue delivering the very best care that you have grown accustomed to. We look forward to seeing you very soon.


Drs. Robert Smith, Lily Ghafouri and Shiva Borukhim and the Sunset Pediatric Dental Team