First Dentist Appointment

What to know about your first appointment at Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry

Your child’s first dentist appointment

Request Appointment

We’re here for you! Book online or schedule an appointment by calling (434) 973-4344. You can also contact us online and we’ll answer any questions you have!

Complete new patient forms

We’ll provide online forms for you to fill out prior to your appointment if possible. If not, please arrive at our office 10-15 minutes early to allow for time.

Get to know our dentists

Your child’s first visit is near! Meet our team and gather any questions you have for us while at your child’s appointment. Meet our team

Preparing for your child’s first visit

Your time is valuable. We want to respect your time and make your child’s dental appointment as smooth and efficient as possible. When you come to our office for your child’s first visit, we ask that you bring the following items:

  • A photo ID – either a valid driver’s license or state ID are acceptable
  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate
  • Custody order, if applicable
  • Insurance information or card
  • Any information regarding your child’s oral health, including observations or anything they’ve been complaining about
  • Any and all questions you have about your child’s oral health or the dental care we offer

We take your child’s health and security very seriously. For that reason, we ask to have a copy of the child’s birth certificate or custody order, when appropriate, on file. This helps us to know that we are getting consent for dental treatment from the proper adult. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and cooperation in providing the highest standard of care.

If it is developmentally appropriate, you can inform them of your child of the upcoming dental visit and let them know that we’ll explain every procedure and answer all of their questions. There are lots of books and online resources available regarding a child’s first dental visit that you can refer to while preparing your child for their first dental appointment.

What to expect at the first appointment

We know your child’s first visit to the dentist can be scary. Don’t dismay! Regular appointments and familiarity should help to alleviate any dental anxiety your child is experiencing. We’re here to make the experience go as comfortable as possible.

For the first dental visit you are welcome to accompany your child. For returning appointments, if your child has started kindergarten (around 5-6 years old), we’ll examine and treat your child as you wait in our waiting room. We’ll then meet with you to discuss your child’s health, any recommended treatments, and oral health at-home strategies that might help your child.

For younger children, a parent is permitted to accompany their child as they are treated.

Typical treatments provided at your child’s first appointment with us:

  • Comprehensive oral exam
  • Radiographs, as indicated
  • Professional dental cleaning
  • Fluoride treatment, if preferred
  • Anticipatory guidance for proper oral health at-home care and nutrition

When should I schedule my child’s first dentist appointment?

We generally recommend that you schedule your child’s first appointment around their first birthday or when their first tooth comes in, whichever comes first.

Most Insurance Plans Accepted

We accept most insurance plans and will help you understand the extent of your coverage.
Have questions about paying for treatment? We’re here to answer your questions.

Hear from other patients


Dr. Peters was able to see us quickly to resolve two abscessed teeth. Even though it was a busy afternoon for him, he took time to connect with us and was very personable. I liked that he was decisive in his treatment plan for my daughter.

– Kate M.

Meet Your Charlottesville Pediatric Dental Team

Barrett W. R. Peters


"Welcome to Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry. I believe that pediatric dentistry forms the foundation of oral health for your child’s health, and I couldn’t be more excited to help them along on that journey. I can’t wait to meet your family and help you in whatever way possible

-Dr. Peters

Dr Martin portrait Brimfield Family Dentistry, Brimfield, IL

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Virginia Commonwealth University Dental & Post-Doctoral Masters

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Research & Policy Fellow

Jessica Eisenberg


  • Board-Eligible Pediatric Dentist
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology from Stevenson University

Jessica Moore


  • General Dentist, Practice Limited to Pediatric Dentistry
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, James Madison University

Jose Urresti


  • General Dentist, Practice Limited to Pediatric Dentistry
  • Advanced Education Program in General Dentistry and Fellowship Certificate, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia




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