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5 Things To Consider When Selecting A Kid-Friendly Dentist

Thursday September 19, 2013 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

Choosing the right dentist for your child can be a daunting task. There’s no doubt you’ll want a place that can make them feel comfortable, have an enjoyable experience, and offer friendly service. Those are the basics, but how do you narrow down the field to select the right dentist? Our tips will help you choose the best pediatric dentist for your family’s needs.

Know where to look

When you’re looking for a pediatric dentist, be sure to ask your friends and family for recommendations —they are a great trusted source! Also, don’t rule out information you find in magazines and across the web. There are websites dedicated to giving great recommendations suited to your needs.

Schedule a consultation

Most dentist offices will allow you to schedule a consultation to meet with them before an actual visit. This will allow you to get a feel for the atmosphere of the office and gauge the dentist’s personality a bit. If the dentist isn’t very friendly or is unable to answer your questions it probably means you should keep searching around.

Consider the atmosphere

During your consultation you’ll be able to take a look around the office. If the waiting area is kid friendly and filled with toys and books that is a great sign. The staff should also be friendly and approachable towards you and your child. Observe how they react to other children who may be upset or crying. Another thing you can check out is the size of the dentist tools and whether or not they are the appropriate size for children.

Find a knowledgable staff

While you’re searching you may have multiple dentists you are interested in scheduling a consultation with. When you do, find out about their educational background and if the dentist has had the extra two years of training needed to work with children. The staff should also be knowledgeable enough that they can educate you and your child on the proper at home dental care and answer any questions you both may have after the visit.

Always communicate with your child

Letting your child know beforehand what they can expect from the visit can make the experience a lot more enjoyable once you arrive. If your child is old enough, try explaining exactly why they are going and what they can expect without using harsh words. Pediatric dentists should also be able to answer your child’s questions and explain things without conveying a frightening message.

Finding a kid friendly dentist may mean the difference between a pleasant and not so great experience. It’s important to look around and weigh your options as well as test a few places out before you commit. Go with the office that feels best to you and that has a staff that will make your child feel at ease—after all they will be visiting for years to come!

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