By Astrid Graterol on Mar 11, 2020 @ 11:00 AM
Finding the right dentist for your child is an important decision. Taking your child to a dental appointment can often result in fusses, distress and even meltdowns. Instead of setting up an appointment with a general dentist, you should consider setting up an appointment with a pediatric dentist. It’s not a guarantee that general dentists have experience treating children. However pediatric dentists only treat children, so they have the knowledge and experience to treat young patients.
Benefits of a Pediatric Dentist
Most pediatric offices cater to kids. Their office design is normally bright, happy and kid friendly. An office with a lobby filled with toys can often bring comfort to a child. Children appreciate familiar cartoons and random distractions. Not only is the office kid friendly, but so are the pediatric dentist’s tools. They are more comfortable and often look less scary too. The pediatric dentist may even allow you to participate in the exam to make your child comfortable and less nervous. For example, younger children sit on their parent’s lap while the hygienist performs the cleaning.
Here are some great tips to keep in mind when looking for a pediatric dentist:
1. Check Out Online Reviews
In today’s world, online reviews are the new word-of-mouth for recommendations. Whether you’re looking for reviews on a specific dentist or dental office, it’s accessible through Google with a quick search of the dentist’s information. Google reviews have become the key experience for most. If the reviews are mainly positive, it suggests that you and your child could also have a good experience with said dentist. Plus, many reviewers leave photos of the office, so you can see how kid-friendly the office is before you book an appointment.
2. Get Social
Recommendations from friends and family can be a quick and trusted way to find your family’s new dentist. Facebook allows you to ask for recommendations for services like finding a healthcare provider. Using social media to your benefit can turn out to be a “two birds with one stone” situation. When someone offers his or her recommendation, it tends to not only be local but also related to a personal and positive experience! If you have any doubts about the recommendation, you can also look through the recommended dentist’s Facebook or Instagram to get some additional information. You can also find a provider by using the MySolstice App! Don't have it? You can download it for free through the Apple App Store or Google Play.
3. Look at the Dentist’s Website
Information on a dentist’s website can be the make or break factor for a new patient. The information can clarify whether this dentist is right for your child. On Healthgrades, you can find additional information such as insurance accepted, contact information, spoken languages, written reviews and most importantly – background checks.
4. Consider Getting a Dental Plan
Finding a pediatric dentist for your child is a long-term commitment. Children should learn good oral hygiene habits while they are still young, two visits a year to the dentist is recommended to build those good habits. Dentists recommend getting a cleaning every six months, so getting a dental plan will be worthwhile. Some dental plans cover routine cleanings and fluoride treatments for your child at no cost.
Building a life-long habit of good oral health for your child starts with the right dentist. Good childhood experiences can reduce any fears of the dentist, make dental care a fun experience for your child…and a less stressful experience for you! For a busy parent, reviews and websites are a quick, easy and efficient tool that you can use to find the right dentist for your child.