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Our Mission

Building a strong foundation for a lifetime of oral health 

At Redwood Pediatric Dentistry, our top priority is to provide the best possible care to children of all ages and backgrounds in a warm and welcoming environment. Led by Dr. Niekia Franklin, a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist, our team is dedicated to making dentistry accessible and as stress-free as possible for children, with the goal of fostering a positive relationship between them and their oral health. Dr. Franklin's approach is to always opt for less-invasive treatments whenever possible, and to empower children with the knowledge and tools they need to maintain a lifetime of healthy smiles. Whether your child is visiting us for a routine exam, a dental crown, or any other procedure, we are committed to delivering the highest-quality care.

Our Core Values

At Redwood Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to providing the highest-quality care in a welcoming and kid-friendly environment. Our core values include:

  • Compassion: We show empathy and understanding for our patients, their families, our team, and ourselves.
  • Safety: We prioritize the safety of our patients and team members in all aspects of care.
  • Teamwork: We work collaboratively amongst ourselves and with our families, fostering an environment of honesty, positivity, and appreciation.
  • Caring: We choose the best methods and materials for our patients and the planet.
  • Gentle: We approach treatment with care, patience, and a non-aggressive attitude.
  • Timeliness: We respect and acknowledge the schedules of our patients and team members.
  • Evidence-Based: We stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry to provide the best care possible.
  • Community: We serve the community with love and appreciation for the trust placed in us.
  • Gratitude: We are grateful for the opportunity to do what we love and have fun with it.
  • Grace: We create a non-judgmental environment, assuming the best intentions of those around us.

Meet Dr. Niekia Franklin

Top-rated Oakland Pediatric Dentist

Meet Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Niekia Franklin. Dr. Franklin is passionate about health! After learning that her dad’s heart attack might have been caused by his lack of oral health care, she decided to become a dentist to help foster total body health through dental education.

She earned her Bachelor's Degree in 3 years from the University of Oklahoma, then attended Baylor College of Dentistry where she started a local chapter of Give Kids a Smile, served as president to the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association, Vice President of the Student National Dental Association, and organized the annual SNDA Pre-Dental Day for students from underrepresented backgrounds to learn about careers in dentistry. Throughout dental school, she learned the most current dental innovations, volunteered over 1,000 hours, and graduated in the top 3% of her class.

Dr. Franklin then went on to study Pediatric Dentistry at Indiana University where she earned a Masters of Science in Dentistry. During her residency, she continued volunteering in the community, worked extensively in a hospital setting and cared for many patients with complex health needs. Some of her favorite lessons came from comprehensive rotations in the craniofacial clinic, anesthesia, and child development programs. Dr. Franklin also helped to re-establish the schools Give Kids a Smile program to provide dental care to children without access to care. In residency, Dr. Franklin met her husband, a Bay Area native, and together they moved back to the Bay!

Dr. Franklin loves keeping up with all the latest pediatric dental evidence, especially regarding the oral-airway and oral-systemic connections, conservative treatment alternatives, and minimally invasive procedures in order to consistently enhance her patient experience. As someone who is passionate about providing her community with healthy smiles, Dr. Franklin serves actively as an advisor to the board of Diversity of Dentistry, mentors several pre-dental students, and adopts a family for Christmas with the team through the Bay Area Crisis Nursery.

She is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and Greater Bay Area Dental Society. After 7 years of practicing pediatric dentistry, Dr. Franklin decided to start Redwood Pediatric Dentistry to incorporate all of her experience, knowledge, and values in one magical place. As a Black-owned dental practice in Oakland, Redwood Pediatric Dentistry aims to give each child and their family the time they need to build positivity about dentistry and we strive to exceed your expectations!

Her hobbies include playing with her dogs Hawley and Maximus, dressing up for Halloween, taking orange theory classes, camping, fishing, hosting dinner parties, and reading a lot of books!

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Our Team

Ready to serve you with a smile

Our caring team is all-smiles when it comes to serving our community. We pride ourselves on running a meticulously clean and detail-oriented office so appointments run smoothly and comfortably for you and your child. Here’s a little more information about the hardworking people behind our practice.

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Our therapy dog

Office Comforts

Who says a trip to the dentist can’t be relaxing?

A serene tree-filled backdrop has given our practice its name—and it also lends itself to creating a calm, peaceful atmosphere within our office. Enjoy convenient, free parking before you check in. Once inside, cozy up to our beverage bar while your kiddo heads to the play area or to check out our litezilla. For your child’s exam, warm blankets, headphones, and Disney+ are all available options to keep them cozy and entertained during their appointment.

We're also busy training Hawley, our future therapy dog! 

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conservative treatment

Treating each patient like Family.

We offer the highest quality dental materials to provide the best care for all our patients. Not every cavity needs a filling! Time, gentle guidance, and a comprehensive care plan often help even our littlest, and most cautious patients feel at ease!

Dr. Niekia Franklin with family

Community Outreach

Giving Kids More Reasons to Smile

Our practice is devoted to giving back to our community through various philanthropic efforts. Dr. Franklin is a National Ambassador for the Give Kids a Smile Program and hosts an event for the foundation each year, a tradition she’s kept for nearly a decade and is proud to bring to Redwood Pediatric Dentistry. The Give Kids a Smile Program helps deliver free dental care to children in need—a mission that aligns with our practice’s belief that all children should receive the very best dental care. We’re also proud to adopt a family through the Bay Area Crisis Nursery and support our patient's community outreach efforts. Have an awesome cause? Let us know!

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