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Happy Teeth – #1 Pediatric Dentist in Statesville, NC.

Serving children starting at 12 months & special needs kids.

Why Choose Happy Teeth?

  • We are a Pediatric dental practice that sees children beginning at their 1st birthday. We specialize in caring for all children including those with special needs.
  • We offer emergency dental care when your child is experiencing tooth pain. We are parents ourselves and understand the importance of your child’s dental health. For this reason, we even offer an after-hours emergency number to put your mind at ease in the event of a dental emergency.
    • Typical Results: Your child is out of pain and enjoying life to the fullest and now have a dentist you trust.
  • We provide second opinions for parents. We think highly of a parent seeking a second opinion on their child’s dental care. This speaks volumes about how you’re exploring all options and choosing the right treatment for your child.
    • Typical Results: You understand your child’s dental needs and all of the treatment options available to make the best informed decision for your child. You leave with tips on encouraging good oral hygiene and your child leaves happy, loving their new dentist, and now looks forward to brushing their teeth.

Dr. Stuart Tucker

Dr. Tucker is first and foremost a father and an advocate for children. His passion for children and their well-being is what led him to a career in pediatric dentistry. To Dr. Tucker, there is nothing sweeter than a beaming smile or laugh from a child and he takes great pride in helping children achieve the confidence that comes from a healthy smile.

Dr. Tucker is a big kid at heart and his favorite hobbies include wrestling with his children, building forts in the living room, movie nights cuddled on the couch, and being in nature with his kiddos.

His dedication to children has translated into the passionate care and environment he gives to his patients and their parents on a daily basis.

Dr. Tucker grew up in a very small community in the mountains and is one of 8 children. Being from a large family, taking care of younger siblings was a part of his everyday life.  Being an active member of the community has been a passion of Dr. Tucker’s from a young age. After earning his Eagle Scout, he became a den leader for a local boy scout troop to give back to the scouting organization that guided him through years of learning and growth.

Dr. Tucker was a member of 4-H and FFA where he raised animals that were sold at the local county fair in order to support families in the community. He also volunteered every summer at the county fair where he was the lead cook for a charity grill whose proceeds funded local school organizations.

Dr. Tucker and his family

Dr. Stuart Tucker, B. SC. (BYU-Idaho), DDS (Creighton University)

Dr. Tucker earned his Bachelor of Science from BYU-Idaho; he then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Creighton University where he graduated cum laude (With Honors).

After finishing dental school, Dr. Tucker continued his education by completing a specialty residency in pediatrics at one of the top and most competitive children’s hospitals in the country, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

During his 2 years of specialty training, Dr. Tucker studied the fragile and unique physiology of children and how to safely offer the highest quality of care. Dr. Tucker also studied in depth how to calm the many fears and anxieties that a little person often has in coming to the dentist.

Dr. Tucker is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Iredell County Dental Society.

Dr. Ojas Parikh, pediatric dentist for Happy Teeth

Dr. Ojas Parikh

Dr. Parikh adores his role as a pediatric dentist due to the chance it provides him to empower children under his care to maintain their dental hygiene. He finds satisfaction in laying the groundwork for a lifelong healthy smile, instilling habits that will benefit them in the long run. Witnessing the growth and achievements of his young patients brings him joy, particularly observing their confident smiles as they accomplish remarkable feats.

When not in the office, you can find Dr. Parikh spending quality time with his wife, daughter, and newborn son, exploring the outdoors, trying out new restaurants, jamming to music, or reading a good book. Dr. Parikh used to be the beatboxer for his acapella group in college, so if you want to vibe to some good music, make sure you ask him to drop a beat!

Dr. Ojas Parikh, B.S (University of Maryland), D.D.S (University of Maryland School of Dentistry), M.S.D (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Dr. Ojas Parikh was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Maryland, where he earned his B.S. in Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Go Terps!
He then had the privilege of living in Mumbai, India, for two years
studying comparative philosophy prior to dental school. Following his
adventure in India, Dr. Parikh received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (D.D.S.) from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He earned three awards for leadership and service to the school and community.

He then completed his postdoctoral specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also earned his Master of Science Degree in Dentistry (M.S.D.) for his research in moderate oral sedation drug regimens for pediatric dentistry patients.

Dr. Parikh is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a Diplomate of the
American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He currently holds hospital privileges at Carolinas Healthcare System at University and Main Charlotte Hospitals and the Valleygate Surgery Center.

Dr. Parikh is the Dental Director for the Valleygate Surgery Center in Charlotte. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.

Your Child’s First Visit:

During your child’s first visit, your child will meet the hygienist who will ‘Tell, Show, Do’ to ensure there aren’t any surprises. While you’re waiting, you can kick back, relax, take advantage of the quiet time, and enjoy our ‘Parents Hydration Station’ with freshly brewed coffee and bottled water. If you would like to support your child during their cleaning, we also have a chair available for you in the exam room at all times. After your child has completed their digital x-rays (if necessary) and teeth cleaning, they will meet Dr. Tucker, who will provide a comprehensive oral examination and apply topical fluoride. Your child gets to decide what flavor of fluoride they would like: Bubblegum, Mint, Cherry, Caramel, and more. Dr. Tucker will review the treatment needs (if any) so you leave our office fully understanding your child’s current oral health and all treatment options available.

Cleaning & Wellness Screening

We strive to work together to build and maintain trusting and respectful relationships with both children and families.


We strive to work together to build and maintain trusting and respectful relationships with both children and families.

Happy Teeth Pediatric Dentistry

Fillings and Sealants

We strive to work together to build and maintain trusting and respectful relationships with both children and families.

We Recommend

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by the age of 1.

A thorough and quick examination allows for early detection and prevention of dental problems and supports good home care habits. An exam, cleaning and fluoride treatment for all children under the age of three is the perfect opportunity to get your child comfortable with visits to Dr. Tucker. We are always available to answer your questions or concerns.

Our Services

Preventative Care
Preventative Care

The best way to have a great dental visit starts at home. The mouth is a remarkable and complicated part of the body, and what is good or bad for dental health can be complicated. We are passionate about preventing dental disease by any means possible which includes diet and hygiene education, professional dental cleanings, sealants.

Growth & Development

A pediatric dentist attends an additional 2-3 years of specialty training to focus on all the unique aspects of a child’s anatomy and physiology. We become experts on how to safely offer dental care to children with the use of sedation when needed, and how to keep the baby teeth healthy to successfully guide the adult teeth into place. Sometimes those adult teeth need a little help coming in and a baby tooth may need to come out early or early braces and appliances may be needed.

Fluoride Therapy

One of the greatest tools we have in preventing dental disease is fluoride, prescribed in appropriate doses. A fluoride toothpaste used at home daily will help tremendously in preventing dental disease and can rebuild very small cavities. A boost of fluoride is giving during dental cleanings via fluoride varnish. Fluoride supplements can also be used for children whose water source (well or bottled water) does not have a source of fluoride.

Tooth Decay Treatment/Fillings

There are many things that can cause cavities, and it can be very complicated. If your child gets a cavity, it is not the end of the world and does not make you a bad parent. Catching a cavity early leads to the best and least invasive or expensive treatment options. Most cavities can be fixed with a white tooth-colored filling, but larger cavities may need a crown to cover the entire tooth. Painful cavities may involve a nerve treatment to alleviate pain and keep the tooth healthy.

Space Maintainer
Space Maintainer

A unique aspect of teeth is that they don’t grow in size, only in length. Many parents ask when the first adult teeth come in “why are they so big?!”. The answer is that the teeth aren’t big, their head is just still small! Many children lack adequate space for the adult teeth, and they may need to come out early. When a tooth is lost early, a space maintainer (spacer) is needed to allow the adult tooth to erupt into the proper place.

Tooth-colored Crowns

When a tooth has a large cavity, a white filling may not be an option. In this case a full-coverage option is needed, or a crown. A crown allows the baby tooth to be maintained for function (speech, diet) and esthetics. For many years the only option for a crown on a baby tooth was a metal crown (stainless-steel crown). We now offer tooth-colored options (Zirconia) that look and function just like the natural tooth. Both crowns are very compatible with the body and usually last the life of a baby tooth.

Sedation/General Anesthesia

A large part of a pediatric dentist’s specialty training focuses on safely administering sedation to a child as needed to complete dental treatment. These sedations can range from Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) to general anesthesia. Just as each child is unique, so are their sedation needs. Most children require nitrous oxide to complete basic dental treatment (fillings). If a child has several cavities and multiple appointments are needed, a child may need a deeper sedation. If a child has cavities in all parts of their mouth, general anesthesia may be needed to complete the child’s care and prevent pain, infection, and further complications in the future.


There are many tissue components to the mouth, and some of those tissue acts as anchors to other parts of the mouth. Those anchors are called tissue-ties (frenum) and they attach our tongue to the floor of our mouth and our lips to gums. Sometimes these ties are tooth tight and can prevent proper feeding in infants or can cause speech issues in toddlers. The release of these tissues is called a frenectomy and will allow proper feeding and speech progression. This is a minor surgery performed with a laser that is made to cut the tissues.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth usually come in from ages 17-21. Not everyone has wisdom teeth, and not everyone who does has enough room for them when they come in. Wisdom teeth are usually extracted due to lack of space, and to prevent complications later in life. Many times, a patient needs to be put to sleep to remove their wisdom teeth, and they would be referred to an oral surgeon. When the teeth are erupted into the mouth and need to be removed, treatment can be performed in our office.

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701 Hartness Road

Statesville, NC 28677

(704) 872-6534

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Monday: 8am-5pm

Tuesday: 7am-3pm

Wednesday: 8am-5pm

Thursday: 8am-5pm

Friday-Sunday: Closed