James A. Forester, DDS Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Forester with young dental patient smiling

Meet Your Pediatric Dentist in San Luis Obispo, CA

Dr. James Forester

Dr. Forester is a fun-loving board certified Pediatric Dentist who has been practicing on the Central Coast since 2007. He is an energetic kid at heart who takes pride in his work and is thrilled to have found a profession in which he looks forward to coming to work every day.

Dr. Forester graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. He completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the University of Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco in 2002. After practicing as a general dentist for two years, he completed the postdoctoral program in Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry at St. Joseph's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island in 2006.

Dr. Forester is currently president-elect of the Central Coast Dental Society, the medical/dental representative on the San Luis Obispo Country First Five Commission, and a member of the San Luis Obispo County Oral Coalition. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  He serves in Sacramento on the Government Affairs Council of the California Dental Association. He is also a member of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association, and American Dental Association.

As a lifelong Christian, Dr. Forester loves giving back to the community. He’s participated in numerous mission trips to Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. He helps coordinate and participates in the local Give Kids A Smile program, while volunteering at schools and community events to educate and promote the importance of early dental health. 

For over 8 years Dr. Forester has been active in a non-profit dental clinic in Paso Robles named the Tolosa Children's Dental Center. (formerly Clinica de Tolosa)  In his time there he has been instrumental in the continued delivery of care to many underserved children.  As the former dental director, he worked with the Clinic Director and Board to see several expansions of the clinic and it's capacity, a continued increase in the dental providers, and most recently an expansion to include a satellite clinic in San Luis Obispo. Consequently, the number of deserving children receiving quality care has increased over the years.

Dr. Forester has a unique ability to engage children of all ages and backgrounds. You will often find him in the office singing and telling stories (in both English and Spanish) or recapping the latest baseball games with his patients. To him, the best part of working with kids is seeing their endless potential and helping guide their growth. "I love their honesty, creativity and genuine spirits".  

San Luis Obispo pediatric dentist Dr. James Forester with his family

When Dr. Forester isn’t at the office transforming young smiles, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Wendy, their two wonderful kids, Brendan and Jorryn, and their beautiful golden retriever, Buster.

Kids and PArents Love us

Our 5-year old had a great experience, despite needing a cavity filled. Dr. Forester spent a lot of time with us explaining everything and totally put our son at ease. We're glad we found you! ~ Destini C., Facebook Review
My 3 1/2 & 2 year old LOVE this dental office & Dr Forrester! Everybody in the office is friendly & make the visit fun for kids. Highly recommended! ~ Jen B., Facebook Review