You already know how to teach your child how to develop good oral health habits, but they’ll still need to visit a dentist sooner or later. Most experts recommend that children receive their first dental exam by their first birthday. Given the fact that cavities are on the rise and more and more children are beginning to develop them between the ages of 2-4, early detection is key. But how do you find a pediatric dentist who will be right for your child? While many dentists are trained on how to examine and treat infants and toddlers, this does not mean that they are experienced with working with them. In today’s blog, learn how to choose a pediatric dentist you can trust who will help your child develop positive lifelong oral health habits.
Advice on How to Choose the Right Pediatric Dentist
The best way to find a dentist who will be good with your children is to ask for referrals. Try asking other parents who have children around your age who they recommend. If none of them have thought about it yet, be sure to advise them that they should! Your pediatrician will likely also be able to recommend a skilled dentist to work with your child.
Do your homework
Once you’ve received a few recommendations, do a little research to make sure they’ll be right for your child. Do they have positive reviews from other parents? Spend a little time conducting an internet search to hear about the experiences of others. What is their office like? Do they go out of their way to make it cheery and inviting to young children? Many good pediatric dentists will paint their offices in bright colors to make children comfortable. Others may offer games in the waiting rooms, or even video games to help the time pass quickly and to ensure the experience is positive for your child. This attention to detail can go a long way in choosing the right dentist for your child. Once you’ve decided on someone who sounds like a good fit, be sure to call and ask about their experiences with young children. If you find someone you are comfortable with then chances are they’ll be the perfect choice for your child.
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