Dr Jeff Flannery
We are a state-of-the-art, open, inviting dental practice that specializes in children from birth to young adulthood and individuals with special needs of all ages. Come on in and see what we’re all about!
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With an open and inviting feel, our office is environmentally friendly and state-of-the-art, with low-radiation digital X-ray machines. We also use the most up-to-date dental materials, which are mercury-free, BPA-free
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Dr. Jeff Flannery, DDS
Dr. Jeff Flannery graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and then went on to complete his specialty in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Upon graduation from USC, Dr. Flannery was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society for graduating in the top of his class. Dr. Flannery also received a humanitarian award from AYUDA International for his leadership in treating underserved populations in Los Angeles and other parts of the USA and Central America. Dr. Flannery discovered his love for dentistry while he and his wife served in Mexico as missionaries. He worked for Mission to the World in an orphanage and street child ministry and helped bring medical and dental aid to these children.
In addition to Dr. Flannery’s love for kids, he is also a dedicated researcher who has presented his research in special care dentistry at the Special Care Dentistry Association to enhance access to dental care for special patients. At UAB, Dr. Flannery was selected to be the Sparks Trainee where he received advanced training in treating patients with special needs. Dr. Flannery is married to Ellen Flannery and has four precious kids: Caroline, Harris, Hannah and Kate. He enjoys spending time with his family, mission trips, snow skiing and anything outdoors.
Your Child’s First Visit
"Children love us, parents trust us."
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a dentist before they
turn 1, or within 6 months of the appearance
of the first baby tooth.
Bringing your child to the pediatric dentist at a very early age allows him or her to meet the dentist, and become comfortable in the dental office setting. Sometimes new places can make kids nervous and uncooperative, and that’s alright! We understand. We will be patient and take our time to develop a solid relationship. If your child ever needs a filling or extraction, we always avoid the words “hurt”, “shot”, “pull”, “needle”, and suggest you do too.
First visits usually include a gentle exam of teeth, jaw, bite, gums and oral tissues, a gentle cleaning, demonstration of proper home cleaning, fluoride treatment, and answering any questions you may have about your child’s oral health.
Dental Cleanings & Fluoride Treatments
Restorative Care including Crowns, Fillings,
Root Canals, and Extractions
Tooth-Colored Fillings and Crowns
Minimal Sedation with Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”)
Oral Sedation and General Anesthesia When Necessary
Space Maintainers (Spacers)
Sports Dentistry including Exams
& Athletic Mouthguards
Emergency and Dental Trauma Care
Limited Orthodontic Treatment
Your child’s first visit to the dentist can set the stage for a lifetime of good oral health. And as your baby grows, regular dental visits will be just as important as regular visits to the pediatrician. That's why it's crucial to find a Birmingham, AL practice that offers comprehensive baby, child, adolescent, and special-needs dentistry in a soothing, kid-friendly environment. You want your child to feel comfortable and secure when visiting the dentist, and Oak Mountain Pediatric Dentistry can provide the perfect environment. We offer an array of services that will grow with your children through the years, and put them on the right path for a lifetime of good oral health.
No two children are alike, and we understand that certain patients require a specific approach. Dr. Jeff is experienced with special needs dentistry, and treats these patients with the care and compassion they deserve.
We are contracted as a Preferred Provider for the following dental insurance companies:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
Delta Dental Premier
We accept the following forms of payment:
Healthy Little Teeth
Click the boxes below to learn about your child's dental health at each stage of childhood.
Ages 11 & Up
Special Needs Patients
Diet & Nutrition
If your child has suffered a blow to the head or any other life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency room. If your child faces a dental emergency, call us immediately. We are always here to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Here are some tips on dealing with urgent dental situations:
Oak Mountain Pediatric Dentistry is conveniently located off of Highway 280, at the Cahaba Valley Road intersection.
6930 Cahaba Valley Road, Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35242
Cut Lip, Tongue or Cheek
If your child falls or has trauma to the lips gums or cheek, apply a cold compress to the sites that are bleeding.
Inspect the mouth to see if any teeth are loose. Give Motrin (preferred) or Tylenol to reduce inflammation and pain. Call our office to see if an appointment is needed.
If your child has a toothache, ask him or her what makes it hurt. If it hurts spontaneously or continuously, please make an appointment immediately. We don’t want your child to be in pain. If the pain was an isolated event, be sure there is no food debris caught between the teeth or in the gums. Give Motrin and make an appointment if any pain continues.
If your child breaks or chips a permanent tooth, try to find the pieces of the tooth, apply a cold compress to the area and call our office to make an appointment.
If you notice facial swelling or a swollen cheek, please call our office immediately. However, if facial swelling approaches the eye or is causing your child to have trouble breathing, this is a medical emergency and you need to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Knocked Out Tooth
If your child knocks out a PERMANENT tooth, this is
a dental emergency. Put the tooth in milk; not water. Call our office immediately. Try not to touch the root of the tooth. If this happens at school or a sporting event, look for an athletic trainer or a school nurse to see if they have Sav-A-Tooth Solution. This solution keeps the cells of the tooth living longer.
If your child knocks out a BABY tooth, we can’t put it back in the mouth. The priority is to not damage the developing permanent tooth underneath. Rinse your child's mouth and bite on a cold washcloth. Call our office to see if an appointment is needed. Find the tooth and get them excited about the tooth fairy! We hear the tooth fairy is extra generous with an unexpected tooth loss!
Congratulations! If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, your oral health is very important to you and your baby. Research shows the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease in a mother’s mouth can easily be passed to her child. Unhealthy gums and teeth have also shown negative affects in unborn children. Healthy smiles for your baby begin during pregnancy. So we encourage moms to take advantage of our free consult at Oak Mountain Pediatric Dentistry to discuss steps you can take during your pregnancy to promote good oral health for mom and baby.
Here are a few recommendations during your pregnancy:
1. Cleanings are great during pregnancy. The best time to receive dental treatment (fillings etc) is before becoming pregnant but treatment can still be completed safely in the 2nd trimester. This is after organogenesis is complete in the first trimester and before you start feeling uncomfortable in the third trimester. Emergency dental treatment can be completed at any time.
2. If you suffer from morning sickness, we recommend rinsing your mouth with 1 tsp of baking soda mixed in a cup of water to neutralize the acidic effect on your teeth.
3. Instead of sugary treats, try snacking on more nutrient-dense foods such as raw veggies, hummus, yogurt, nuts or fruit. It is important to continue taking a daily prenatal vitamin to ensure the baby is getting the vitamins and minerals that are crucial to fetal development.
Life has changed for you, but what a great change! Most babies are born without teeth, but the mouth still needs to stay clean! Gently wipe your baby’s gums after feedings. Avoid the transmission of cavity causing bacteria and other sick germs by limiting behaviors where saliva is shared. This includes the sharing of utensils or cups with your baby. Teething usually starts around 6 months and continues until 2-3 years old. We do recommend using a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste when brushing your child’s teeth. This is equivalent to a rice grain amount of toothpaste. Not much! It is best to establish feeding times for your baby or young child. Babies with frequent contact with formula throughout the day or who are put to sleep with bottle can develop cavities very rapidly. As babies learn to walk, injuries are common. Be sure to protect your babies teeth by placing barriers on sharp corners and hard surfaces such as brick fireplaces and bathtub faucets. Pacifier habits should be discontinued by there 2nd birthday. By age 3, you should encourage your child to discontinue any thumb or finger habit.
This is a very fun age! Kid’s imaginations are soaring and they love life. Limit screen time and encourage outside play. Keep their teeth clean with a “pea size” amount of fluoridated tooth paste 2 times per day. Spit it all out but don’t rinse. Spaces will become much tighter so flossing is needed. Make brushing teeth fun! Sing songs, make noises, etc. Let them brush independently, but always brush after them to make sure the teeth are being properly cleaned, especially before bedtime. Establish a nighttime routine that includes brushing teeth. Studies show that kids sleep better with these routines. We encourage reading to your kids instead of screen time! If thumb or finger habits continue to this age, you will most likely see bony changes. Intervention may be needed depending on the child.
Special Needs Patients
Pediatric dentists are specifically trained to treat the dental needs of young individuals and adults with special needs. We realize your child may see many different doctors and specialists. Establishing a dental home is key to oral health and prevention. When making an appointment, please let us know that your child has special needs, as well as any medications, arrangements or concerns you may have. This will allow our office to prepare better for any special situations. We may recommend a site visit only. This allows your child to become accustomed to the surroundings, noises and staff of our dental office. This is also more likely to assure a happy first visit. Site visits are complementary and will be recommended by the dentist if needed.
Around 6 years old, permanent teeth start coming into the mouth starting with the 6 year molars. These teeth usually have many deep grooves and sealants are recommended to prevent cavities in these grooves. Studies show that kids don’t have the hand eye coordination to brush properly until 7-8 years old. So be sure to brush after your kids if the plaque is not properly being brushed away. Emphasize brushing in small circles around the gumline to prevent gingivitis. Sometimes interceptive orthodontics is needed at this age. As your child starts their growth spurt, modifications can be made in their facial growth through oral appliances or limited orthodontics. Children also become more active in sports at this age. Mouth guards are recommended to protect your child’s teeth. Ask us about our custom mouth guards.
Ages 11 & Up
Kids are gaining more independence at this age and making more decisions regarding their diet and nutrition. During recall cleaning visits, we will educate your child on these decisions for their dental health and overall health. Sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks and junk food are consumed by many teens and healthier options are encouraged. By this age, kids most likely have all their permanent teeth and proper oral hygiene is demonstrated. Evaluations for orthodontics are completed at this age and referrals are given if needed.
We recommend brushing 2 times per day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing as soon as the contacts between teeth are tight. Be sure to use light pressure and go in slow circular motions. The angle of the toothbrush should allow you to get the plaque out from below the gums too. Even at a young age, studies have shown that the bacteria that cause cavities can start making a home in the grooves of the tongue before kids even have teeth. Therefore, we recommend cleaning the gums and tongue of your baby with a gentle washcloth. Anything you can do to make brushing teeth fun for little kids is helpful. Sing songs, make noises, talk about getting the sugar bugs out, etc.
Diet & Nutrition
A good general rule for a healthy diet is to stay to the outside sections of the grocery store. Many foods in the middle of stores are processed sugars and carbohydrates that are not good for you. For snacks, instead of chips, crackers, cookies and gummy fruit snacks, it is best to give your child whole fruits and vegetables, cheese, nuts and even yogurt.
Bottles should only have water, breast milk and formula. Babies should NEVER be put to sleep with the bottle, as this causes rapid tooth decay (baby bottle tooth decay). The sippy cup should not have anything except water in it throughout the day. If you want to give your child white milk or 100% juice, then do it during meals. A good expression to remember is "juice just once, milk with meals, and water whenever."
Sports Dentistry is the prevention and treatment of oral and facial sports injuries as well as related oral diseases and their manifestations. Our team highly encourages the use of a custom mouthguard for contact sports. Studies are currently showing potential of concussion prevention with the use of custom mouthguards. While the main roll of a properly fitted mouthguard is to protect the oral structures, studies are now showing possible links to the prevention of concussions. Please come take advantage of our free sports dentistry consult to learn more.