Choosing the right children’s dentist is an important decision. Your child’s first impression of dental professionals and the dental process will influence how they view dentistry for quite possibly the rest of their life. It is important they are comfortable with the dentist and their staff.
Here are four considerations to make when choosing the right children’s dentist to ensure that the process is something to make your little one smile:
1. Selecting a dental professional for your child may seem like a daunting task. Consider asking a family member, friend or co-worker for a recommendation. They will be happy to share their child’s dental experience, as well as who to stay away from.
2. Check out which of your dentistry options takes the time to consider your child’s first visit. Some practices are more suited toward children in the way they approach their work. You might even find that some dental professionals have specialised children’s dental programs. This might include tactics such as hygienists who utilise puppets and props to teach your child in an approachable way of the importance of their dental health.
3. One of the most important aspects of the first visit to a dentist is to make sure your child is comfortable. It is important to note if the dentist has a pleasant chair side manner. Begin by seeing whether you, as the parent, feel as if the dental professional is paying attention to your concerns. A helpful and friendly staff will help relieve any anxiety a child and parent has about their visit to the dentist.
4. Always ask questions and keep in mind the only silly question is the one you do not ask. It is important to have a thorough understanding about your child’s dental health and the treatment options available.
If you have questions about your child’s dental health, please contact us and schedule an initial consultation.