At Friendly Family Dental, we offer comprehensive dental care in a family-friendly, always-welcoming environment. Ready for your first visit? Learn more about our office below.

Our Mission

Embrace Your Oral Health

At our office, Dr. Tan believes that everyone deserves a healthy mouth and a bright smile. That’s why she offers expert family dental care to patients of all ages.

Whether your child needs a new dentist, you’re looking to keep your own mouth healthy, or you’re experiencing an issue like tooth pain, we offer exceptional care in a welcoming environment.

And if you’re not a big fan of the dentist, we understand. But we think we can change your mind! We offer transparent, informative, and always judgment-free treatment. Once you’ve had your first checkup at Friendly Family Dental, you’ll never have to dread dental checkups again! 

Get to Know Dr. Katherine Tan

Committed To Compassionate Care

As a caring dentist, Dr. Tan believes in building genuine connections with her patients. She is all about personalized care and making sure you feel right at home in her office.

Dr. Tan earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. She started her dental journey in her hometown of Sacramento where she practiced for several years. She moved to San Diego at the end of 2020 when she married her husband, who is a San Diego native.

Dr. Tan is dedicated to being a lifelong learner and is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry.

Outside of the office, Dr. Tan and her husband share a joy for culinary exploration. They are both foodies at heart, constantly on the lookout for tasty bites at local restaurants or experimenting with new recipes at home. If you’ve got any recommendations, Dr. Tan would love to hear them!

Meet Our Team

Our team always wants to make you feel welcome. Friendly Family Dental is… friendly! Our goal is to create an environment where you and your whole family can relax, feel comfortable, and get expert dental care without stress, drama, or discomfort.

What to expect

Your First Visit

Comforting Care For All Ages

First, you'll check in with our front desk team member, then relax in one of our comfy couches in our reception area. We’ll bring you back to an operating room for your appointment. Dr. Tan will take X-rays and perform a comprehensive oral exam to check your dental health.

As long as everything looks good, Dr. Tan will then clean and polish your teeth, and send you back to the front desk to schedule your next six-month visit.

However, if Dr. Tan notices any major oral health issues, she will discuss them with you right away. These may need to be resolved before you get a cleaning. Dr. Tan will explain all of your treatment options, and their pros and cons. Together, you can come up with a treatment plan that fits into your schedule, budget, and lifestyle!

What To Bring With You

We make things simple at Friendly Family Dental. Coming in for your first visit? All you’ll need is:

  • A credit or debit card
  • Insurance card, if applicable
  • Dental records and health history, if available

Advanced Care In A Stress-Free Environment

Digital X-rays

Compared to traditional film X-rays, digital X-rays have tons of benefits. They're faster, expose you to less radiation, and provide a better overall image of your oral health.

iTero Intraoral Scanner

Our iTero intraoral scanner lets us take digital “impressions” of your teeth when planning treatments like crowns or bridges. This allows patients to avoid goopy, uncomfortable putty-based dental impressions!

Warm Fluffy Blankets

Chilly? Ask for a blanket and get cozy in one of our comfortable dental chairs. You’ll want to turn your exam time into naptime!

Neck Pillows

During appointments, we also offer neck pillows to support your neck and head. That’s just another way that we go the extra mile to keep each patient comfortable.

Visit Us For Your First Appointment

A Healthier Smile Starts Here

Whether you just need a six-month checkup or you’re interested in transforming your smile with cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Tan and our team would love to meet you. Book your first visit now and see the difference that truly personal dentistry can make in your life.