First Pediatric Dental Appointment

Along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child's first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. However, regardless of your child's age at their first visit, Dothan Pediatric Dentistry knows how important it is that your child's first visit be as positive and enjoyable for you and your child as possible. We want you and your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and staff and to be comfortable at all times. Pleasant and comfortable visits build trust and puts you and your child at ease.firstvisit

We encourage parents not to make a big deal out of visits and suggest not using words that might create anxiety, such as "hurt", "shot" or "drill." We are very experienced and comfortable dealing with children who are very young, children with anxiety and children with "special needs". We will explain procedures in an age appropiate and positive manner with the objective of minimizing the risk of anxiety or negative feelings .

You will be hands-on involved with your child's visit and care as with all visits. And, as always, all significant findings will be discussed with you. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to your visit. For more information about age one year old and three year old visits, please continue to scroll down.

One Year Old Visit

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents schedule their child's first dental visit around their first birthday. The purpose of this is 3 fold. First is to identify children at higher risk of having cavities or other oral health issues. By identifying children at increased risk of cavities, appropriate steps can be taken to reduce your child's oral health risk factors. We see many children ages 18 months to 4 years old with severe early childhood caries (cavities) involving 8 to 14 teeth. A one year old check up would have identified this child and measures could have been taken to reduce this child's risk factors. Primary teeth (baby teeth) are very important for oral development as well as overall development. The second reason for this visit is to review with the parent oral hygiene needs, diet, and other factors that play a role in oral health. Cavities and poor oral health are multifactorial. Many of the contributing factors we have no control over, but some we do and measures can be taken to reduce your child's poor oral health risk. Informed knowledgeable parents make better team members at promoting not only good oral health, but overall good health. And third, if we do identify evidence of dental caries (cavities), this needs to be addressed. We are very comfortable, knowledgeable, and experienced treating very young children with oral health issues. Many we are able to treat in the office and quite a few we treat at SAMC through outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. We do have treatment options. They will be discussed with you and together we will choose a treatment protocol that best suits your child's needs. We want to be on your child's health care team along with you and your pediatrician. Working together, we can make a difference in your child's oral health and overall health.

And yes, some fussing is normal and expected at these 1 year old exams. This is very age appropriate behavior. You will be right there, hands on involved and looking with us. These exams are typically very easy and quick for us to do and provide a lot of information. As always, all significant findings will be discussed with you.

For most of us, good oral health is no accident. We have to have a plan to make it happen. We look forward to being part of that plan and to playing an active role in promoting your child's good oral health. Please contact us for an appointment and/or regarding questions. We're on your team!

3 Year Old Visit

At 3 years old, cleanings with exams will begin occurring at 6-month intervals. By age 3 most children are becoming verbal and quite social. Coping skills are emerging and social adaptation and tolerance are developing. At this age most children begin to adapt very well to simple procedures such as cleanings if presented in an age appropriate manner. Dothan Pediatric Dentistry has a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge, and comfort with this young age group. Every effort is being made to make these appointments fun, efficient, and thorough. Parents are hands on involved with the process and are sharing their child's early dental learning experiences. As said before, all significant finding will be discussed with you and if any treatment is indicated, different protocols will be disussed and one selected that best meets your child's needs. The primary focus of these visits is identifying oral health risk factors, developing a preventive protocol, discussing findings that will become issues in the future such as your child's bite, soft tissue issues, and/or cavities. Any "special needs" such as cleft lip/cleft palate, syndromes, autism, behavioral issues, medicines, cardiovascular history, pulmonary problems, asthma, seizures, developmental delay, and/or neurological issues will be reviewed and discussed with you. One of greatest strenghts is our knowledge, comfort, and experience with "special needs" children. Please call if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you and your child.

Orthodontics at Dothan Pediatric Dentistry

Dothan Pediatric Dentistry provides comprehensive orthodontic care as well as comprehensive pediatric dental services for children of all ages from toddlers through teens. Your child's smile, tooth alignment and bite are evaluated at every visit. Future orthodontic needs will be discussed with you, typically, well in advance of the time for treatment. On going monitoring of the smile, tooth alignment and bite at every recall/hygiene visit allows this. When it is time for orthodontics/braces, this service will be provided by Dothan Pediatric Dentistry all at the same location. In addition to being a board certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Flowers is a board certified orthodontist and has been providing pediatric dental and orthodontic services to the Dothan community for 3 decades. He is well educated in orthodontics, has countless hours of continuing education and years of experience. The backbone of education is a lifetime of academics - reading, studying, commitment and continuing education. Experience comes the hard way. It's like coaching, teaching and most jobs. It can't be bought. Experience is life's best teacher.

A great coach must have knowledge about the game, but the years on the sidelines plus his or her continuous commitment to the game defines his or her success. Being an orthodontist is like being a coach. Knowledge and commitment coupled with years of experience brings out the best in orthodontist and coaches. Our staff has these qualities and commitment. Let our orthodontic staff put this knowledge and experience to work for your child. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to your visit.