Pediatric Dentistry

Gentle Dental Care for Tiny Teeth

At Neighborhood Smiles in La Crosse, we’re proud to be able to provide quality pediatric dentistry for every member of your family – especially the little ones. Dr. Karen Spitzer and Dr. Herb Salisbury are highly skilled and qualified pediatric dentists who love seeing children for many reasons.

Aside from the hilarious and adorable things that come out of their mouths sometimes, we’re more interested in what’s going on inside. We see children’s dentistry as a big opportunity to instill healthy habits and values at an early age that they will carry on with them for the rest of their lives.

Our team is gentle, caring, and a little silly to make their first dental experiences fun and rewarding – and anything but scary. We’re also happy to offer family appointment blocks so you can get the whole gang in to see us in a single visit. We make family dental care convenient so you can get back to the things that matter most.

Did you know…

More than 51 million hours of children’s school are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses?


First and foremost, it’s important that we educate our children on why it’s important to keep their teeth clean and healthy, and how to do so. We like to start with eating a healthy, balanced diet, and a little education on sugar and tooth decay. We emphasize the importance of brushing and flossing every day, and show them the best techniques so they can do it themselves at home. We also tell them how important it is to visit their dentist regularly to keep their smiles clean and healthy for life.

Gentle Cleanings

We know how uncomfortable, and even painful a dental cleaning can be sometimes (without the care of the right hygienist), especially for kids. We want you and your kids to know all of our hygienists are incredibly gentle, yet impressively thorough for a cleaning that’s completely comfortable and painless. We want to ensure their first dental experiences are positive for a lifetime of oral health.


Because kids lack the knowledge and dexterity it takes to properly care for their teeth, it’s important we take preventive measures against tooth decay. Preventive measures for children include fluoride treatment with fun flavors, as well as sealants for an extra layer of cavity protection.


Kids get cavities, it’s just a fact of life. While we can do our best with all of the knowledge and tools above, decay and cavities still happen. Thankfully, we live in a time where we can fill cavities and stop decay without the use of metal and toxic mercury. At Neighborhood Smiles, your trusted La Crosse family dentist, we’re happy to use a more aesthetic, more stable, and completely safe alternative with tooth colored fillings.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about restorative dentistry at Neighborhood Smiles, or would like to schedule an appointment with your La Crosse restorative dentist, Dr. Spitzer or Dr. Salisbury, give us a call today at (608) 788-6939or request an appointment online!