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Meet Dr. Barbara J. Merlo

Understanding the uniqueness of each child and identifying each family’s individual needs, Dr. Merlo delivers gentle dentistry and creates a positive experience for each little smile she sees.
Meet Dr Merlo


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“Dr. Merlo and her staff are the best! I will never take my children to another dentist! Scheduling is easy and they are very thorough in their explanation at the end of every appointment. They try their best to accomodate your scheduling needs. My kids are comfortable there and the office environment is warm & friendly.” Ginny M
“Dr. Merlo and her team is the best. My son became a patient in 2004 and 17 years later he still is her patient she is very caring and always made him feel comfortable and eased his fears. Her staff is very friendly.” Arleta C
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Welcome to Children's Dental Care of Northwest Indiana

Children's Dental Care of Northwest Indiana specializes in providing the very best in dental care for infants, children, and adolescents. Dr. Barbara Merlo is a pediatric dentist who truly believes in the prevention of dental problems and in educating families about healthy teeth for life.

Dr. Merlo and our team have extensive training and experience in caring for special needs patients, fearful or anxious patients, sedation dentistry (through nitrous oxide), and dental emergencies. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for your child, contact our Munster office!

Is your office clean?

Yes, we use state-of-the-art sterilization between each patient and follow all CDC guidelines.

When should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by six months after their first tooth erupts, or at one year of age, whichever comes first.

What happens during my child’s first visit to the dentist?

The first visit is usually short and simple. In most cases, we focus on getting to know your child and giving you some basic information about dental care. The doctor will check your child’s teeth for placement and health, and will look for any potential problems with the gums and jaw.