Eventually, you’ll need to take your child to a new dentist. I doubt you’ll enjoy the experience, but it doesn’t have to be the worst day of your life. Make sure you choose the perfect dentist long before the big day.
Even if you have a dentist you love, it doesn’t mean your child will feel the same way. You want someone who excels when working with children. Let’s look at a few things you should consider before making a final decision.
1. Experience Is Crucial
Don’t just assume a pediatric dentist has lots of experience working with children because it’s their specialty. Accessing the root canals of small children is tough, so they should have left dental school a while ago.
Ask if they’ve been working with children since they entered the profession. Find out how long they’ve worked at their practice. You can find out how experienced someone is by asking lots of specific questions.
2. Look Online For Reviews
It’s helpful when a kids dentist shares testimonials with you, but don’t always believe everything you need. “Trust, but verify” is a popular phrase that springs to mind. Nobody will tell you about the people who dislike them.
Luckily, it’s easy to find online reviews if you know how to use Google. If someone works at a dental clinic, customers will leave reviews about them somewhere. Pay close attention to all the bad reviews you find.
3. Clinic Designed For Kids
I doubt your kid will enjoy visiting the average dental clinic. Dentists don’t worry too much about interior design when trying to attract clients. Adults will settle for somewhere that looks clean and modern.
Children will appreciate seeing cartoon characters painted on walls and enjoy watching their favorite shows while in the waiting room. A dental clinic will be more welcoming if it looks like a theme park.
4. It Shouldn’t Be Far Away
Your child won’t appreciate traveling for ages to reach the dental clinic. How can you expect them to sit still after a long car ride? It’s not too bad if your child is a baby because they’ll sleep in the car.
You must find somewhere close once they start preschool. You don’t want to spend half a day and gallons of fuel visiting the dentist. It will hurt their studies as they get older.
5. Your Child Must Like Them
Even though someone is a good pediatric dentist, it doesn’t mean they’ll get along with your kid. Let your child meet prospective dentists before you choose one. You’ll know straight away if they’ll work well together.
If your child doesn’t like their dentist, it won’t take long until they make your life difficult every time you book a dental appointment. You don’t need to worry about this if your child is very young
Don’t Rush Into Anything
You don’t need to come to a decision straight away. It’s a bonus if your child can keep the same dentist for as many years as possible, so choose wisely.