Pediatric Dental Services in the Tacoma and Gig Harbor Communities

Founded in 1993 by Dr. Lisa A. Block (DMD, MS), Harbor Kids' Teeth is devoted exclusively to the dental health needs of children. Our team works closely together with your family, providing dental health education in office, in order to promote healthier teeth maintenance practices at home. Our pediatric dental services in Gig Harbor, WA, include:

  • Prevention Education

  • Dental exams and routine cleaning

  • Dental x-rays and surgery

  • Treatment of tooth decay & cavities

  • Fillings & crowns (including white and ceramic for front teeth)

  • Stainless steel crowns and pulp therapy

  • Extractions and space maintainers

  • Icon - caries infiltration

  • Sealants

  • Nitrous oxide

  • Advanced training in dental trauma

  • Experts in special needs dentistry

  • Frenectomies

  • Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Privileges

Our Office

3519 56th St NW #140,

Gig Harbor, WA 98335


Lisa A. Block, DMD, MS

Before Dr. Block settled here in Gig Harbor, she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She then completed her General Practice Dental Residency at the University Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and finally her Pediatric Dental Residency at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri in 1991.

As a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Block specializes and is dedicated to the oral health of children.  She has been specifically trained to treat children’s developing teeth, and to understand the unique dental problems that children face such as cavities and gum problems.  She understands the complexities of how teeth grow and develop and can keep an eye out for any potential problems that may arise.  She knows that some children may feel frightened when visiting the dentist and knows just how to make them feel at ease and comfortable, building a strong and happy relationship between herself and the child as well as their families.

In her professional career, Dr. Lisa Block is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the recipient of the 2013 Early Learning Champion Award, Pierce County, Washington, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. 

Congratulations Dr. Block for 25 years of sparkly smiles and happy families!

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Aarika D. Anderson Elter, DMD

A South Puget Sound native, she was raised in Lakewood, Washington, and graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from California Lutheran University in 2005, prior to attending A.T. Still University- Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Medicine and a Certificate of Dental Public Health in 2009.

Dr. Anderson recently completed her Pediatric Dental Residency through NYU Langone in Yakima, Washington.  During residency, she also completed the LEND Fellowship through the University of Washington, which provided interdisciplinary leadership training in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities to better serve pediatric patients with special healthcare needs and their families.  Dr. Anderson also is a Special Smiles Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program.

Dr. Anderson has a passion for advocacy, improving efficacy of healthcare delivery and access to care.  Prior to becoming a specialist, she spent almost a decade providing comprehensive dental care in a community health setting to underserved populations, including large migrant, immigrant and refugee populations.  She has also been involved with several safety-net programs, including the school-based dental clinics within the Seattle Public Schools and the Head Start Policy Council. 

Dr. Anderson received the WA State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry- AAPD Public Policy Advocacy Conference Resident Award, and separately, the WA State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation Resident Research Grant Award for her research, “Family Centered Care at an Interdisciplinary Center for Children with Special Needs: Perceptions of Spanish & English Speaking Families,” highlighting the importance of eliminating barriers to care to improve health outcomes.  Most recently, Dr. Anderson was selected to be the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry Leadership Intern for 2018-2019. Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Anderson is a member of the AAPD, WSAPD, ADA, WSDA and the Pierce County Dental Society.  She is currently in the process of board certification.

Dr. Block and Dr. Anderson are currently accepting new patients – call to schedule an appointment today!  253-858-8581

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Harbor Kids' Teeth is devoted exclusively to caring for the dental health of children. Founded in 1993 by Dr. Lisa A. Block, DMD, MS, Harbor Kids' Teeth works together with families to help them learn the best dental health skills here at the office in order to promote healthy teeth at home.

Fun Visits

Harbor Kids' Teeth makes dental care exciting and fun for children. Effective pediatric dentists require not only exceptional technical skills, but they must also have the ability to help children (and their parents) feel comfortable and more at home in the dental office. Pediatric dentists are the "Big Authority on Little Teeth!"

Positive Experience

Dr. Block, Dr. Anderson and the staff work together to make sure each child is given the opportunity to have a happy and positive dental experience from the very first time the child walks in the door for that first dental visit. Children look forward to returning to the colorful and fun-filled office where they know just how special they are to Dr. Block and her dental staff.


Payment Charges are payable at the time of service. We accept checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.

Insurance Please bring complete insurance information to your child's first appointment. If your insurance changes, please contact our office to update that information.

We are a preferred provider for Washington Dental Service, Delta Dental, United Concordia, Regence, Premera, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and MetLife. We will do everything we can to help you maximize your insurance benefits. As a courtesy to our patients, our office will submit claims to your insurance company. You are responsible for your account and for any balance not covered by your insurance. Contact your insurance carrier for specific information about coverage.

The Staff at Harbor Kids' Teeth

We know everyone says this about a kid's dentist, but at Dr. Block's it's true – the staff at Harbor Kids' is really is fun-loving, caring, professional, compassionate and committed to making your child's complete dental experience a positive one. You will be surprised at how friendly our staff is. They will bend over backwards to help you and your child.

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