Children's Dentistry Specialist

Tucker Family Dentistry

Perron L. Tucker, DMD

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Vestavia Hills, AL

Just like getting a haircut or visiting a pediatrician for the first time, your child’s initial dental visit is an important opportunity to establish a positive foundational experience. Dr. Perron Tucker and the team at Tucker Family Dentistry strive to make children’s dentistry comfortable and unintimidating for all children. If you and your child live in or around Vestavia Hills, Alabama, call the office to schedule an appointment, or book online today.

Children's Dentistry

What is children’s dentistry?

Children’s dentistry is the category of oral health care dedicated to children’s tiny teeth and their developing mouths and jaws. At Tucker Family Dentistry, Dr. Tucker provides family-friendly care for patients of all ages, including children. 

Children’s dentistry is a bit different from adult dentistry. Due to kids’ eating habits, the size of their mouths, and their continuing growth, they often need additional dental services that don’t apply to adults. 

Dr. Tucker can guide you through your child’s oral health needs and the service options to meet them. He also gives you tips for home oral health care, like proper brushing methods for your child.

What does children’s dentistry involve?

Just like dentistry for adults, children’s dentistry involves both home care and care in the office at Tucker Family Dentistry:

In-office care

You should bring your child in for a dental exam and cleaning once every six months. Preventive visits play a large role in helping your child avoid time-consuming and costly treatments like fillings and root canals.

These visits may include additional services like dental X-rays, sealants, and fluoride treatments. 

Home care 

Caring for your child’s teeth at home is just as important as visiting the office regularly. Your child’s home oral care should include brushing and flossing daily, limiting snacks, and eating nutritiously. Dr. Tucker can provide additional recommendations for your child. 

How can I help my child prepare for their first dental visit?

Dr. Tucker recommends scheduling your child’s first visit to Tucker Family Dentistry sometime around their third birthday. This initial visit is uncomplicated and focuses on a gentle introduction between your child and Dr. Tucker so that your child feels comfortable in the office. Then, your child undergoes a basic dental cleaning. 

There are several steps you can take to prepare your child for this visit. Dr. Tucker recommends:

  • Bringing your child in to preview the office beforehand
  • Reading books about going to the dentist
  • Speaking about the dentist positively
  • Telling your child what to expect

Taking steps like these helps your child build a positive idea of going to the dentist, so they’re not anxious or afraid during their first trip.

Children’s dentistry is an essential part of your child’s oral and overall health. To schedule a cleaning and exam for your child, call Tucker Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.