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About Us

We take your child’s oral health seriously.

Your child’s early dental care is pivotal to the health of his or her teeth, gums, and facial development, so our doctors are committed to using the best dental techniques and most state-of-the art equipment available. Making sure your child has a stress-free visit sets the stage for the decades of visits they’ll have in the future, too. So, we promise to be gentle and keep the atmosphere light and fun.

We always start by getting to know your family first. This helps us learn about past dental visits, concerns, and any discomfort your child may be experiencing. It also allows us to establish trust with your child so we can offer the most effective care.

We’re committed to excellence.

A Compassionate
Team

An Awesome
Office

The Best
Care

Our Team

Richard Baxter DMD, MS

Dr. Baxter loves working with children and is dedicated to helping them have positive dental experiences. He attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate studies where he met his wife, Tara.

Dr. Baxter then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry where he graduated at the top of his class. In order to receive a specialty certification in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Baxter attended the residency program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, one of the nation’s top-ranked pediatric hospitals and busiest pediatric dentistry clinics.

Dr. Baxter is a board-certified pediatric dentist, board-certified laser surgeon, member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Alabama Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

He is a nationally recognized speaker on tongue-ties, and author of the bestselling book Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More.

Dr. Baxter enjoys spending time with his wife, who is a nurse practitioner, their twin girls, Hannah and Noelle, and infant Molly.

Julie Jones, DMD

Dr. Jones is passionate about helping children have a welcoming, caring, and easy dental experience. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology from Birmingham Southern College. She went on to obtain her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Jones developed a passion for pediatric dentistry while in dental school and decided to focus her work on treating children and teenagers. She comes to Shelby Pediatric Dentistry with experience treating children of all ages.

Dr. Jones was born in Bogota, Colombia and is fluent in Spanish. She moved here at a young age and has lived most of her life in Birmingham. She and her husband, Matthew, live in the Oak Mountain area. In their free time, they love to travel, spend time with family and friends, and play with their Great Dane, Allie. Dr. Jones is looking forward to seeing you and your family!

Laura Adams, DMD

Dr. Adams graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University. She went on to obtain her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Adams practiced dentistry in Chicago for 2 years before returning to Birmingham, her hometown. Since then she has worked for pediatric and general dentistry practices where she has gained years of experience treating kids of all ages.

Dr. Adams and her family live in the Homewood area where her husband, Ryan, pastors a local church. They have three children, Rose, Luke, and Ruth. Dr. Adams is excited to be part of the Shelby Pediatric Dentistry team and work with its wonderful patients and families!

You’ll love the rest
of our team, too.

Our Office

Some children are intimidated and even scared of dental visits, especially if they’ve had a bad experience in the past. We want to change that! At Shelby Pediatric Dentistry, we keep your child entertained and engaged with kid-friendly amenities starting with a commercial-grade playground outside (complete with a restaurant-style pager system) all the way through to our bright, colorful treatment rooms!

Psst….We didn’t forget about mom and dad either.

Toys, Books
& iPad Station

Whether your child likes to unwind with a good book, play with the toy kitchen, or get lost in an awesome game, we have something to entertain kids at every age!

Coffee Bar
& Free Wifi

Endulge in a treat from our gourmet coffee bar and catch up on your to-do list with free wifi throughout the entire office.

Ceiling TVs
& Goodbye Treats

Distraction is a great way to help kids relax at the dentist, so there are TVs with the latest movies above every chair! And, before leaving, we make sure they select a special prize from our treasure tower.

Our Care

Along with providing your children a fun and friendly dental home, we also do all that we can to ensure that the dental visit is safe for their health and the environment. We have done a ton of research, consulted with experts and implemented a plan to maintain a “green” office and provide you and your family with pure, honest dental care.

We’ve also invested in state-of-the-art dental equipment that helps us catch problems like tooth decay and improper tooth eruption earlier so we can treat your child’s teeth in the best way possible. This technology often saves you time and money and your child from more extensive dental treatments in the future.

Safe for Your Kids
and for the Environment

Low-Radiation Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays offer many benefits. Studies show that digital X-rays emit up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays and do not require any lengthy chemical processing. Your child’s X-ray scans are available on our computer screen within seconds, so we can review them with you and discuss a treatment plan without having to schedule another appointment. And, if you ever need to take your child to a different specialist, we can easily email your scans with no unnecessary paper waste.

BPA-Free Dental Materials
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, bisphenol A (BPA) has been present in many consumer plastic products and food packaging since the 1960s. Some studies suggest that BPA has adverse health effects. We are committed to using BPA-free dental materials to ensure the safety of your child’s oral and overall health.
Mercury-Free Dental Materials
Silver (amalgam) fillings are made of mercury and can be a source of direct mercury exposure for your little ones. Instead of silver fillings, we treat your child with tooth-colored composite fillings that are durable, natural-looking, and safe.
Latex-Free Dental Practice
We take your child’s health seriously, and since many people suffer from an allergy to latex, we use only safe, synthetic substitutes.
Safe Root Canals (...only if they're absolutely needed!)

Formocresol is a toxic substance used by many dentists for baby tooth root canals (pulpotomies). We use only non-toxic materials that are proven safe for children. Whenever possible, we try to avoid a root canal to both save you money and minimize stress for your child.

Non-Toxic Cleaning Products Used Daily
We exceed the ADA and OSHA standards for a clean and safe dental practice by using non-toxic cleaning products to disinfect and sterilize our treatment rooms and dental equipment.

Advanced
Technology

Digital X-rays
We use state-of-the-art digital X-ray sensors and a digital panoramic X-ray machine so your child receives the lowest dose of radiation possible. We also employ the newest handheld NOMAD X-ray unit to make getting X-rays even easier.
Intraoral Camera
With our intraoral camera, we take pictures of all your child’s teeth and any problem areas. We then put the images up on our computer screen so that we can walk you and your child through the exam. This diagnostic and teaching tool helps us explain your child’s unique oral health and treatment options. Now you can see what we see when we are examining the mouth.
LightScalpel CO2 Laser
With our state-of-the-art LightScalpel CO2 Laser, we can release tongue-ties and lip-ties with minimal discomfort and improved healing, remove pieces of gum tissue without bleeding or stitches, and even perform baby tooth root canals.
DryShield

DryShield is a unique mouthpiece that makes your child’s time in the dental chair more comfortable. This mouthpiece isolates sections of the mouth, allowing us to perform higher quality dentistry while comfortably protecting the gums, cheeks, and tongue. Now your child can relax, rest his or her mouth, and enjoy the time at the dentist while watching a new movie.

Highest Quality Dental Materials
We only use the highest quality dental materials that are designed to be long-lasting and esthetic. We want you to be happy with the results and we only want to treat a baby tooth one time.