Pediatric Dentistry in Huntsville AL

Are you an existing patient at Twickenham Family Dentistry looking for a children’s dentist for your little ones? Or, maybe you’re new to the Huntsville area, and you need to find a dental office to take care of your whole family? 

Our family dental practice is happy to provide comprehensive oral care to patients of all ages—including young children! We believe that “family dentistry” should include every member of your household, no matter how little the smiles. 

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, we offer comprehensive pediatric dentistry in Huntsville, AL. If you need to schedule a dental appointment for your child or children, give us a call at (256) 539-4079, and we will schedule a time for your family to meet with Dr. Cook.

Your Child’s First Dental Visits

We recommend bringing your son or daughter into our dental office for their first checkup around the time of their first tooth eruption. Typically, the first baby tooth erupts around six months of age. It’s acceptable to wait a little longer to bring your child in, but we should examine your child’s smile by their first birthday.Baby smiling next to a stack of presents 

When you bring your child in for their first dental visit early in life, it helps them become familiar with a dental setting early on. Early treatment also reduces the chances that their first visit will be because of something uncomfortable, such as a cavity or tooth pain. 

During your child’s first dental visit—and the subsequent visits that follow—we’ll take the time to get to know your child and make them feel comfortable in the dental chair. Exam rooms are filled with all sorts of new sights, smells, and sounds, so it’s helpful for your child to ease into the dental experience slowly and throughout multiple visits. 

Dr. Cook will continue to monitor any baby teeth that are erupting and provide tips on how you, as the parent, can help your child keep their teeth healthy as their smile develops. You will play a vital role in your child’s oral health during their formative years, so we want you to be as involved in their care as possible. 

Children’s Dentistry in Huntsville, AL

If you want the expertise of a pediatric dentist but the convenience of a family dentist who provides your treatment under one roof, look no further than Dr. Brain Cook. Dr. Cook is great with children and loves providing exceptional dental care to entire families in our community. 

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, we provide access to pediatric dentistry in New Market, Lacey’s Spring, Hazel Green, and surrounding areas. We offer all the essential children’s dentistry services and can always refer your family to a trusted specialist if your child has a unique dental condition. 

Routine Dental Checkups for Your Child

Once your child has at least one tooth, they should see their dentist every six months, just like any other patient. 

We recommend scheduling routine dental checkups for your child on the same day as your dental exams to make things as convenient as possible for your family. 

At each of your child’s pediatric dental appointments, we’ll provide essential services such as:

Dental exams

Even though your child’s baby teeth aren’t permanent, we still need to monitor their development closely. 

Child smiling on the beach after going to the dentistDr. Cook thoroughly assesses your child’s smile for signs of cavities, trauma, infection, or eruption complications that could impact adult teeth later. We recommend a visit at least every six months to detect problems as early as possible.

Children's Teeth cleanings

Our dental hygienists gently clean your child’s teeth and provide essential oral hygiene education tips to encourage healthy smiles for life. These teeth cleanings are especially important for young children who are still learning how to brush and floss using proper techniques. 

Fluoride treatments

Prescription-strength fluoride makes tooth enamel more durable and more resistant to cavities, protecting both baby and adult teeth. We will supervise fluoride rinses for your children when they visit our dental office for their six-month appointments

Fissure sealants

Sealants are an essential aspect of children’s dentistry in Huntsville. 

Protective sealants help repel acids and bacteria in the hard-to-reach grooves of your child’s back teeth. They can help your son or daughter avoid the risk of childhood cavities by making it easier to clean their molars. 

Dr. Cook usually recommends placing sealants on the first and second sets of molars, which typically erupt around the ages of 6 and 12, give or take a couple of years. 

Digital x-rays

Dental x-rays let us inspect the eruption patterns of your child’s teeth. Obtaining x-rays is an essential step in avoiding orthodontic complications later on, as well as in catching tooth decay that isn’t visible during a clinical exam.

To learn more about the many dental services your child can receive from a children’s dentist, please contact Twickenham Family Dentistry today by calling (256) 539-4079.

Dentistry as Your Child GrowsKids smiling outside of dentist office

You may initially think that your child needs to visit a pediatric dentist when they’re young. Although there’s nothing wrong with seeing a pediatric dentist, the downside is that your child can only remain a patient there for so long. 

Eventually, your child will outgrow their dentist and won’t be able to visit that dental office anymore—leaving you to start your search for a treatment team all over again. 

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, we want to eliminate the unnecessary transition from dentist to dentist and instead offer access to a dental office that can see your child throughout their lifetime. If your child becomes a patient here, we will get to know them starting at a young age and can monitor their oral health over the decades. 

Your child’s dentistry changes as he or she grows. Early exams give way to professional teeth cleanings, and your child’s dental needs will typically become more complex as they age. Dr. Cook and our clinical team love treating children, and we introduce new therapies as needed, and as we build a trusting relationship with your child.

At Twickenham Family Dentistry, we understand that it’s important to create bonds and friendships with the children we treat. We always work hard to make sure your child enjoys coming to the dentist and isn’t afraid of visiting us for their routine dental appointments. 

Our goal is to treat your child’s dental needs into adulthood, and then eventually treat their children and grandchildren! We believe that dentistry can genuinely be a family affair and a multigenerational endeavor and tradition.

Schedule with a Children's Dentist in Huntsville, AL

If your child needs pediatric dentistry treatments, don’t wait to have them seen. The sooner your child establishes excellent dental habits, the better off their smile will be. 

Our early morning hours make it easy to work in dental visits before your child heads to school. We open at 7:00 a.m. two days each week and have time for after-school appointments as well. 

When you’re ready to schedule your family’s next dental visits, please call our Huntsville, AL dental office at (256) 539-4079. We also encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about our services or your child’s overall dental health. We’re here to be a resource for you in any way that we can!