Choosing The Right Pediatric Dentist
Providing oral health-care to children is a serious responsibility – so how can you be sure your current Dentist is taking his/her role in your young one’s healthy teeth appropriately? We’ve brought together a few tips and red flags you need to be aware of when hunting for a trustworthy and dependable Pediatric Dentist.
Find Your Options
The first step is easy; you need to find all the local Pediatric Dentists in your area and determine what you and your child’s options are. In addition to browsing through newspaper ads and magazines, try asking friends or family who they trust to look after their children’s teeth. Word-of-mouth recommendations go a long way, so consider asking your child’s medial Pediatrician as well. They’ll likely be well-versed with other professionals in the area.
The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) has a local Pediatric Dentist Online Search Tool that might aid you in your search as well.
Determine Their Legitimacy
You don’t necessarily have to be a Pediatric Dentist to work with children, so keep in mind that any Dentist who is properly certified will have their license and accreditation displayed somewhere within their office – typically in a clearly visible spot in the lobby.
Pediatric Dentists go through an additional 2 to 3 years of education before earning their title to work solely with children – their office should show as much!
Judge The Environment And Communication Skills
There should be places for children to play with toys or games and the office will likely be decorated to cater specifically towards little ones.
They should have strong communication skills, and if you’ve found a good location they’ll have kids laughing and having fun shortly after they walk in. One of our main goals is to help children feel comfortable and safe while showing them how to keep healthy teeth and inspire strong cleaning habits that will benefit them for a lifetime.
Do They Help With Education?
Any good Pediatric Dentist should be keen on giving both you and your child information on how to care for their teeth properly. They’ll teach children how food and drinks affect their teeth and have demonstrations on how to brush and floss correctly.
They’ll show examples of what poor oral health-care can lead to and show children and teens how to avoid cavities and bad habits. You should always feel welcome to ask questions and express any concerns to your dentist.
How’s their Schedule? Is Making An Appointment Convenient?
If a dentist has a busy schedule that’s likely a good thing, to a degree. It means that their office is popular and many people enjoy their service, but you should feel comfortable knowing that you’ll be able to make appointments around your own schedule.
If you’re not able to consistently arrange a good meeting time, perhaps you should look elsewhere for a less-crowded office. Your time is important, so find a Pediatric Dentist who is able to work with your schedule and respects your time.
If you follow the tips above, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a good oral health-care provider for your precious little one. Find an office that will take their well-being seriously!