Pleasant Hill Dentistry Services

Pediatric Dentistry

Whether your child is visiting us for a routine cleaning appointment or to tackle a sugar bug, at Surfside kids dental the needs of your child is being met on an individual bases. Our caring pediatric dentist and knowledgeable staff understands, at times, anxiety comes to children with just the thought of seeing a dentist. At Surfside, our caring empathetic staff is here to ease the fear of going to a dentist. We offer state of the art equipment, movies to watch, and communicate with your child so the know what to expect from bringing to end.

When can you bring your child in for the first check up? Why is it important?

Per the American Pediatric Dental Association, establishing a dental home for your child when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday can help prevent dental problems.

What's a Certified Specialist?

Each of our dentists have undergone years of specialized training to provide top-notch pediatric dental care. Their certifications require additional years of training which focus on the psychology of children, to help kids overcome stress related to dental visits.

They receive specialized training covering the ways kids’ faces develop as they transition from having baby teeth to adult teeth. All of our pediatric dental specialists are educated in the practice of treating special-needs children and the proper administration of medication to children.


While most dentists can recommend an orthodontist for their clients, at Surfside you don’t even have to leave the office!

Having your dentist and orthodontist in the same office means they can share information instantly and recommend the best procedures to one another.

Orthodontics is much more than just the straightening of teeth. It’s a specialized branch of dental care that also focuses on jaw structure and function. Our orthodontists specialize in correcting dental issues which are unique to children.

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Meet Our Doctors


Viviene Valdez
Pediatric Specialist

Viviene Valdez grew up in Australia and moved to Ohio to attend undergraduate school at The Ohio State University.  She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from New York University. Dr. Viviene continued her education with a General Practice Residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx and a Pediatric Dental Residency at the same Level 1 trauma hospital.

After residency, Dr. Viviene moved to California and is happy to call the Bay Area her home with her husband and son, Davian. In her spare time, Dr. Viviene enjoys cooking, hiking, biking and traveling.

Megan Faraz
Pediatric Specialist

Dr. Mojdeh (Megan) Faraz lived in British Columbia, Canada, before moving to New York City in 2007 to follow her passion for healthcare and dental science at New York University. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at NYU in 2011, followed by a postgraduate residency program at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she obtained a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). Dr. Faraz joined the NYU faculty at the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care to contribute to the institution where she was once a student. Her enthusiasm for working with children led her to pediatric dentistry. She completed her pediatric specialty at Jacobi Medical Center in affiliation with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 2016, she obtained the prestigious Richard S. Pugh Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding performance in the Qualification Examination held by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She now lives in California, close to her beloved family, and spends her leisure time swimming, biking and hiking.