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San Fernando Valley Pediatric Dentist Shukan Kanuga Joins SmileCare

Shukan Kanuga, DDS, MSD, provides comprehensive dental care for infants, children and teenagers, including patients with special needs.

Dr. Shukan KanugaTAMPA, FL (March 6, 2013) – SmileCare is proud to welcome board-certified pediatric dentist Shukan Kanuga, DDS, MSD, to its team of dental specialists and general dentists in Lancaster, Mission Hills and Palmdale.  Dr. Kanuga provides comprehensive dental care for infants, children and teenagers, including patients with special needs.   To find the nearest location, call 1-800-32-SMILE or visit

The number of children with cavities is on the rise.  Tooth decay now affects more than one-fourth of American children aged 2-5, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The problem is even worse for older kids.  Half of children between the ages of 12 and 15 will have at least once cavity.  Teaching children how to take proper care of their teeth at an early age makes a difference.

“I love playing an important role in the health of a growing child,” Dr. Kanuga said. “Ensuring good oral health and teaching the right home care habits early on can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles.”

Dr. Kanuga sees patients at these three locations:

SmileCare Lancaster
1228 W. Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-1970

SmileCare Mission Hills
10331 Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
(818) 810-3290

SmileCare Palmdale
38745 N. Tierra Subida Ave.
Suite 150
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 272-9091

Dr. Kanuga is fluent in English and Hindi.  When she’s not fixing smiles, Dr. Kanuga is an associate editor for the San Fernando Valley Dental Society, an evidence reviewer for the American Dental Association and a lecturer at the UCLA School of Dentistry, which is also where she earned her dental degree. She completed her Master of Science in Dentistry degree and advanced pediatric training at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Kanuga is a diplomate with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentists, the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association.  

SmileCare accepts more than 200 types of insurance and offers SmilePlus® for patients without insurance, which can save them up to 70% on dental costs.*  SmileCare also offers financing plans for patients who qualify. For more information, visit or call 1-800-32-SMILE. 

About SmileCare and Coast Dental
SmileCare Coast Dental of California, Dental Group of Adam Diasti DDS PC, with its professional associations, is one of the largest providers of general and specialty care in the United States with more than 180 affiliated practices operating as Coast Dental, SmileCare and Nevada Dental Associates in Florida, Georgia, California, Nevada and Texas. Coast Dental Services, Inc. is a privately-held practice management company that provides comprehensive, non-clinical business and administrative services to its affiliated practices.  The company is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit

*SmilePlus® IS NOT A REGISTERED INSURANCE PLAN. SmilePlus cannot be combined with insurance or discount dental plans. Minimum fee only. Fee may vary with complexity of case. The dentists and hygienists are employees or independent contractors of SmileCare Coast Dental of California, Dental Group of Adam Diasti DDS PC, (Adam Diasti, DDS, Lic. 60596). SC-800328

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