Pediatricians Emily Bruckner, MD and Caitlin Colvard, MD
At Westside Pediatrics your family will receive excellent medical care in a nurturing and compassionate environment. Your children will enjoy highly personalized care in a beautiful state of the art facility with separate well and sick waiting rooms, dedicated well and sick exam rooms, and on-site parking. We offer newborn in-hospital parent training and comprehensive check ups covering everything from healthy eating, to safety, to school selection. Our sick visits are closely followed by the doctor with daily communication until your child is well again. Dr. Colvard offers same day sick appointments and she is available for her patients 24/7 without having to go through a nursing telephone service. Home visits and after hour visits are also accommodated. We have on-site prescription and over the counter medications, and a certified lab offering a multitude of tests with results within minutes. All patient records are electronic and prescriptions are faxed to your preferred pharmacy to help eliminate wait time. Dr. Colvard takes PPO group insurance plans and there is no office annual fee.

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Carly LeVine, DDS
Hi everyone. My name is Dr. Carly LeVine. I am a dentist practicing in Pacific Palisades and reside in the Santa Monica area with my husband and our 3 year old daughter. After being in practice with wonderful partners for the last 7 years, I decided to renovate and open the doors to my solo practice last year. Our office is equipped with the latest technology and we work hard to make the environment really soothing and comfortable. Since I spend as much time with my work family as I do my husband and daughter, it was important to me that my patients felt that sense of community when they enter the door. Our job is to educate you about your oral health and guide you to be able to care for your needs at home. Being a new mom has really opened my eyes to the myths and truths when it comes to dentistry during pregnancy.

Are my gums supposed to bleed this much during pregnancy? Such a bummer but YES this is TRUE! During pregnancy, half of women will experience this. Your hormones are surging (namely progresterone) and that surge causes some bacteria to grow and exaggerate your bodies response to it in the form of red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Thanks Pregnancy Gingivitis.

Is getting my teeth cleaned every trimester over doing it? MYTH! The amount of plaque build up you get during pregnancy is much more abundant then when your not growing a little human (or 2) inside of you. Why is this? Your saliva, due to hormones, contains different properties then your body is used to and that saliva mixed with the foods you eat can cause a greater plaque build up. Let your hygienist clean you right up.

Does gum disease during pregnancy increase my chance of a pre-term delivery? Sad but once again, True! There have been several studies which have proven that women with gum disease are four to seven times more likely to deliver prematurely.

Routine Dental X-Rays can be taken during my pregnancy? MYTH! The answer is that xrays should be avoided as much as possible during all trimesters of pregnancy and most importantly during the first trimester of fetal development. As always, check with your OB but unless there is a pain or major infection, we avoid all X-Rays during pregnancy.

If I have a dental emergency involving pain or infection, I can be treated during my pregnancy? TRUE! You should always make visit to your dentist if you are feeling pain in your mouth. Your dentist will work closely with your OB to decide what treatment can wait until after your give birth and what needs to happen immediately. If local anesthesia is needed, dentists will try to use a very small amount while still keeping you comfortable during your emergency procedure. The moral of the story… if it can wait, you should always wait!

It is completely safe to bleach my teeth during pregnancy? MYTH!! I recommend that bleaching is put on hold until after pregnancy and breastfeeding since there is too much we do not know. There is actually not enough research to suggest that bleaching your teeth is harmful to you or your developing baby BUT this is NOT enough for me give my patients the green light.