Pediatric Dentistry and Your Child’s First Visit

The first visit to any pediatric dentistry office should be a positive and even a fun experience especially for children on their first visit!

At Children & Teen Dental, pediatric dentistry is exciting, upbeat, and lively.

Our offices are bright, happy places that have been carefully designed for both the physical and psychological needs of children.

When you visit our office, you’ll find an environment that brings about ear-to-ear smiles and radiates a friendly tone.


It is our primary responsibility to show children that going to a pediatric dentist is not a frightening experience. Our pediatric dentists and staff are trained to deal with infants, children, and teens, and it shows!


Our first priority, is to establish communication and trust with your child...

At Children & Teen Dental, we are skilled in all aspects of dental care for children. Our dental team will use positive language when something may be uncomfortable or “pinch” and when it will not. We use positive words, such as: pinch, wiggle, whistle, and raincoat, to describe the dental environment.

We will use a technique known as TELL, SHOW, DO and positive reinforcement to educate your child while completing the necessary treatment. We will TELL your child what we are going to do, SHOW them what we are going to do, and then DO the procedure. We may also use voice modulation, distraction and nonverbal communication to establish communication with your child.


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? When to schedule that first visit?

Ideally, we encourage you to schedule your child’s first cleaning visit soon after his or her first birthday. Of course, we will see a child at any age should you notice a problem or have a question. This will not only identify problems early on but also ensures the first visit will be a positive one.

The initial examination will include a detailed inspection of the mouth and jaws and a discussion of diet and fluoride. We will show you the best at-home techniques for good dental practices. We will take a general medical history and discuss your child’s eating habits. With this input, we can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of good dental health.

? What should you bring?

Depending on your child’s age, he or she could bring a favorite small toy, stuffed animal, or even a well-worn “Linus Blanket.” We will try to accommodate whatever may make your child comfortable, especially on his or her first visit.

As a parent, you could save time on your child’s first visit by completing a group of forms (many only require a signature), but primarily a patient information and a medical history form, which are located on this site on the Dental Forms webpage.


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Children & Teen Dental, provides specialized, comprehensive oral health care for infants, children, and adolescents in a fun, stress-free environment that focuses on prevention and education. Our goal is to help your child be healthy and enter adulthood free of dental diseases and dental fears – with good oral health habits that will last a lifetime.

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Tuscaloosa Rice Mine Rd
221 Rice Mine Rd NE, Suite A
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

Phone: 205-255-3837

Tuscaloosa Mcfarland Blvd
1825 Mcfarland Blvd N, Suite D
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

Phone: 205-255-3940

Anniston
1701 Leighton Ave
Anniston, AL 36207

Phone: 256-273-4059


About Us

Children & Teen Dental is a group of dedicated professionals who believe in building lasting relationships in our communities and with our patients. Our priority is to make a positive impact in your child’s life by enhancing self-confidence, self-esteem and overall dental health.

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