North Jefferson Pediatric Dentistry | Gardendale, AL

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132 Payne Rd
Gardendale, AL 35071

North Jefferson Pediatric Dentistry | Gardendale, AL

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Dr. Parvin and the staff at North Jefferson Pediatric Dentistry provide respectful, caring, comfortable treatment for every patient. That’s what makes us the pediatric provider of choice for patients in the Gardendale, AL, area.

Early Dental Care

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The dental experience begins with teething. Your baby’s first tooth is likely to erupt between the ages of 6 and 12 months. The teething process will continue through about age three when your child has all of their baby teeth. Teething causes sore, irritated gums, and to soothe them your baby will seek relief through chewing on their hands, toys, and other objects. Using a bib will help reduce rashes caused by excessive drooling. Teething rings with bumps that massage gums or those that can be refrigerated or placed in the freezer are very good for soothing sore gums. Avoid teething biscuits! They contain sugar and are not good for developing teeth.

Watch for signs of baby bottle tooth decay. Never give your infant a bottle with anything other than water in the crib. If they fall asleep with juice, milk, or formula in their mouth, the sugar will mix with bacteria and form acids that attack tooth enamel and cause decay. When awake, saliva prevents the liquids from staying in the mouth long enough to cause problems.

Infant’s New Teeth
Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, may be temporary, but they play an important role in your child’s development. Primary teeth are necessary for chewing food (allowing good nutrition) and clear speech. Even more importantly, baby teeth guide secondary (permanent) teeth into place.

If your child loses a primary tooth prematurely, they may need a retainer to keep the surrounding teeth from drifting toward the open space. Allowing the teeth to move will cause the permanent teeth to come in crooked. Please notify your dentist if your child loses a primary tooth earlier than expected.

Encourage your child to brush their primary teeth with an approved toothpaste using the techniques learned in our office. Remember, baby teeth are just as susceptible to decay as permanent teeth and should be cared for appropriately.

First Dental Appointment

Around age one, your child should have their first visit to our office. Beginning at this age allows your little one to get to know the office, Dr. Parvin, and the staff. Sitting on your lap during your visit helps build trust and will help put your child at ease during future appointments. Throughout their childhood, children should be encouraged to talk to you, and to us, about any fears or anxieties about going to the dentist.

Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit, and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill.” We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.

We encourage parents to allow the staff to establish a positive rapport with the child, thereby gaining confidence quickly. This can be accomplished by allowing children ages 3 and older to come back by themselves.

We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!

Office Policies and Procedures

Losing Baby Teeth

Children generally begin losing primary teeth around age six and will continue losing them through around age 12. The permanent tooth should appear soon after; if it does not grow in within six months, contact us for evaluation.

General Dental Services

We will see your child on a routine basis for preventive dental care, including cleaning, fluoride treatments, and sealants.

Sedation Dentistry

For patients who are anxious or fearful or those who have difficulty sitting still for treatment, we offer nitrous oxide sedation. We will consult with you prior to administering any kind of anesthetic to provide information and obtain your permission. Feel free to ask any questions!

Call 205-631-2240 or contact us to make your child’s appointment today!

North Jefferson Pediatric Dentistry

132 Payne Rd
Gardendale, AL 35071

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Phone: 205-631-2240
Fax: 205-631-1611


Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM