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First Visit Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry


Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all agree that a “Dental Home” should be established for every child by their first birthday. Children who have a “Dental Home” are more likely to receive appropriate preventative and routine oral health care.


What To Expect During Your First Bright Smiles Visit

The first visit is designed to introduce your family to our practice and get a full medical, dental and overall health history for your child. We will discuss any of your concerns, both medically and socially, that you feel would be beneficial in helping us make sure your child is comfortable and enjoys their appointment. This is why we always invite parents to accompany their child to both the hygiene and treatment areas.


The initial visit will include a comprehensive exam (tongue, throat, gums, teeth, complete cavity check), cleaning and fluoride treatment, x-ray (if needed) and demonstrate simple home brushing and flossing techniques.


Dr. Bright will outline a customized oral health prevention plan and treatment approach. This is an opportunity for us to discuss what to expect in the months and years to come and important topics such as nutrition, thumb sucking and pacifier habits.


Prior to your child’s very first visit, it can be helpful to explain to them that Dr. Bright will “count your teeth, check your smile and check for ‘sugar bugs’ in your mouth”. Our office makes a practice of using pleasant, fun words such as these that help reduce dental anxiety.


Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is in-network and accepts most major dental insurance PPO plans.  If we happen to be out-of-network with your insurance, for your convenience, we will gladly review your child’s insurance coverage and handle all claims submissions.


Click here for the Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry New Patient Form.


If your child does not have dental insurance, that’s ok. Bright Smiles is proud to offer a discount on all dental services to families without coverage. For more information, please call our office at 904-584-9004.


We also accept cash, most major credit cards and CareCredit patient financing.


Knowledge is power and allows confidence in decision-making. And when a parent has confidence, so do their children. The following will hopefully answer any questions you may have. Always feel free to call us for any additional information.

When should my child see a dentist?

FIRST TOOTH, FIRST BIRTHDAY. Even though baby’s first teeth are temporary, getting an early start on excellent dental hygiene practices will help your child enjoy good oral health for life.

Why is fluoride important for my child’s oral health?

Fluoride aids in the prevention of dental cavities and can even re-mineralize early cavities. Fluoride in our water, toothpastes as well as fluoride treatments will give your child an edge on maintaining their bright smile!

What is the difference between a Pediatric Dentist and a general dentist?

Pediatric dentists continue their education following dental school where they focus on becoming specialists in treating children. Following graduation from a pediatric residency, pediatric dentists are proficient in providing specialized dental care, behavior management as well as safe sedation techniques. Pediatric Dentists like Dr. Bright LOVE working with children!

Are baby teeth that important?

Your child’s first set of teeth are very important! They aid in speech, eating and also aid in creating a natural healthy path for their adult teeth. A child’s smile plays a big role in developing their self-esteem.

Are dental X-rays safe for my child?

Dental X-rays have very low risk. Pediatric dentists are especially careful when prescribing dental X-rays to prevent excess radiation when it is not needed.

How frequently should my child see a pediatric dentist?

It is recommended that your child see a pediatric dentist every 6 months to prevent future decay and other dental problems.

What should I use to clean my child’s teeth?

Once your child has their first tooth you can immediately begin brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Until the age of 2, they only need a “grain of rice” size of toothpaste on their brush, and once they turn 2 can have a “pea” size.

How do sealants work?

Sealants are an easy and affordable way to prevent future tooth decay in a child’s very first adult molars. Sealants work by filling in the grooves on the biting surfaces of molars and blocking pieces of food (or candy!) that can get stuck and lead to cavities.

What should I do if my child knocks out a tooth?

Try your best to remain calm! If you child knocks out a tooth, pick up the tooth by the crown, gently rinse under cold water to remove any debris, then reposition the tooth back into its socket. If you can’t do this, place the tooth in milk, saline, or saliva (just not water!) and call our office immediately. Dr. Bright is on call 24/7 for all dental emergencies.

How can I as a parent prevent my child from suffering from dental decay?

Preventing cavities in your child is a team effort between you, your child and their pediatric dentist. Paying close attention to wait they eat, avoiding as much as possible sugary snacks and drinks and making sure they have a clean mouth is a great start. Having regular check-ups every 6 months with Dr. Bright will keep their teeth healthy and on the right path to a bright future!

Do you accept dental insurance?

Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is in-network with most major providers. If we happen to be out-of-network with your insurance, for your convenience, we will gladly review your child’s insurance coverage and handle all claims submissions.

Click here for the Bright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry New Patient Form.

What if we do not have dental insurance?

If your child does not have dental insurance, that’s ok. We are happy to provide a discount on all dental services. Contact our office more details.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We also accept cash and most major credit cards.

What should I do as an expectant mother?

Just as you would visit potential Pediatricians to find that perfect fit to care for your newborn, Pediatric Dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. Dr. Bright is happy to consult with you prior to the arrival of your newborn and offer you advice on planning for dental care.

Complete the form below to take the first step in your child’s pediatric dental care and we’ll call you back as soon as possible.

*This form is not intended for submission of personal medical information.