Creating a Healthy Smile from the Inside Out

Andy Ko Portrait

Pediatric Dental Specialist

Dr. Andy Ko is a pediatric dental specialist whose passion is to promote a lifestyle of proactive oral care in the youth of his community. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Andy has had special training which allows him to provide the most thorough care and implement evidence based techniques to treat a wide variety of children’s dental problems. He understands that infants, children, and adolescents all need different approaches in managing behavior, guiding dental growth and development, and addressing dental diseases. He is also trained and qualified to treat patients with special health care needs. Dr. Andy is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Association.

Personal Background

Dr. Andy grew up in Orange County and then went to Los Angeles where he received much of his higher education. He attended UCLA for the next 10 years where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2009, then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2013. He then completed a 2 year pediatric dental residency where he received extensive clinical, emergency, and hospital training, education about growth and development of children, and the experience to care for medically compromised patients.

“Dentistry is truly successful when professional dental care is coupled with proper daily care at home”

 

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Holistic Dental Care

Dr. Andy believes that successful dentistry goes far beyond merely fixing teeth. Dentistry is truly successful when professional dental care is coupled with proper daily care at home which includes proper hygiene, good dietary habits, and targeted, customized care for each individual. Therefore, Dr. Andy’s hope is to impart a fundamental appreciation for preventive dentistry in today’s youth, eventually leading to a generation of healthy smiles.

 

Academic and Dental Training

Dr. Andy has been fully trained to provide dental care under nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV general anesthesia. All behavior management modalities are performed in-office including IV general anesthesia with the care of an anesthesiologist.

Pediatric Dentistry Certificate – UCLA (Board Certification Candidate Status)
Doctor of Dental Surgery – UCLA
Sedation Training– UCLA