How to Choose a Dentist for your Child

A Lifetime of Oral Health Starts Early

Choosing a practice to trust with the health and beauty of your child’s smile is an important decision. Making a positive first impression at the dentist can influence children’s view of dentistry for the rest of their lives, so it’s important to make sure your child is comfortable with the doctor and staff.

Ideally, your child’s dental experience will be something to remember for the rest of his or her life. Make sure it will give your child something to smile about.

Selecting a dentist for your child may seem like a daunting task, so it’s a great idea to ask for a recommendation from someone you trust. Whether it’s a friend, co-worker, or family member, they’ll probably be more than happy to share their child’s dental experience.

Make sure your child is comfortable.

It’s very important for your child to feel comfortable with the dentist. Does the doctor have a pleasant chairside manner? Do you feel like he or she really pays attention to your concerns? Is the staff friendly and helpful? Does the office have a fun atmosphere that your child enjoys? Take all this into consideration when choosing a pediatric dental office.

Ask questions.

During your initial consultation, don’t be afraid to ask questions. After all, that’s why you’re there! It’s important for you to understand every aspect of your child’s dental health and the available treatment options. The more informed you are about your child’s dental health, the better decisions you will be able to make.

A few things to consider:

  • Is the office located near your home or work to make appointments as convenient as possible?
  • Do they offer extended office hours before or after work and school?
  • What types of insurance does the office work with and what kind of financing do they offer?
  • Do the dentist and staff seem interested in making your child’s experience personalized, or do you feel like “just a number?”

Give your child the gift of ideal dental health by visiting a dentist who truly cares about your child’s health and happiness.

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