Did you know that as many as 75% of American adults have some anxiety about going to the dentist? You’re probably one of them, and you don’t want your kids to grow up with the same negative feelings surrounding dentists as you did.
What can make (or break) their experience is the actual dental professional they see. Having a patient, caring, and compassionate dentist can help your children grow up to be more proactive about their oral health.
But how do you find the best dentist for your little ones? There are so many available, after all.
Here are some quick tips to find a fantastic kids’ dentist!
Ask Your Social Network
You’ve got plenty of friends and family, and there’s a good chance they’ve got children of their own. Get some personal recommendations, as they’ll be completely honest about their experiences.
Better yet, they’ll answer any questions you might have and address concerns. Picking their brains will give you a good idea of who to try and who to avoid!
Check Out Online Reviews
Now that you have a nice list, it’s time to do more research. See what patients have to say about these dentists. Filter by both best and worst reviews to weigh up the dentists’ strengths and weaknesses.
If a dentist doesn’t have any reviews, then it’s best to avoid them. You’ll want to pick someone who has experience, especially with children!
See What Services They Provide
It’s rare, but not every dentist serves kids. And even if they do, they may not provide extensive services for children.
So poke around their website to see what pediatric dental procedures they offer. The more, the better!
Consider the Location
You lead a busy life as a parent, so you don’t need long journeys to add to your schedule.
When considering a children’s dentist, consider their office’s location in relation to your house and work, as well as your kids’ schools and activities. Choosing a dentist who has a central location will decrease a bunch of stress!
Check Out Their Dental Office
Dentists will present their best foot forward with fantastic photos of their offices. But what you see online isn’t necessarily what you’ll get. Take a trip out and see the dental office for yourself.
For both the outside and inside, are the premises clean? Is the waiting room comfortable and are the receptionists nice?
If you get a chance to talk to the dentist, do so! Tell them you’re considering getting a new dentist for your kids and ask them some questions. Go with your gut instinct on whether they’re right for your little ones.
Pick the Best Dentist for Your Kids
It might be an arduous process, but finding the best dentist for your kids will be worth it in the end. When you see their happy faces before and after going to their dentist appointments, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your children will grow up without fear of these medical professionals.
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