Finding a well-credentialed and experienced pediatric dentist should be easy enough. However, finding the best dentist for your little ones may not be as easy. After all, beyond the well-documented expertise of a dentist, you’re looking for someone with whom you and your children can feel at ease.
Here are some handy tips on choosing a pediatric dentist.
Make sure all items are ticked off before you set your next dental appointment for you and your kids.
Dentist’s credentials and educational background
Usually, proof of dental expertise is well within view in every dentist’s clinic. Certificates and other documented evidence of dental expertise are on prominent display for patients to feel at ease knowing they are placing their oral care in the hands of a well-rounded dental professional.
By checking out the documents available for scrutiny in the dentist’s clinic and on the clinic’s website (whenever possible), you’ll have information on where he/she graduated, details about the dental practice, his/her professional license and affiliations, and even his/her continuing education.
The dentist’s range of experience should be extensive enough to ideally include pediatric dentistry through to dental expertise covering adult dental care such as orthodontics, restorative dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry.
Other indicators of a dentist’s experience include the dental equipment. Is the clinic itself and the tools/equipment used clean, hygienic, and up-to-date? Are there dental facilities for more complicated dental procedures? How comfortable does your dentist seem using the tools of his/her trade?
Patient reviews and referrals
One of the best ways to find a good dentist for your children is through referrals from friends, relatives, and acquaintances. But do not be overconfident about their rave reviews. Find out for yourself and see if you feel comfortable with the referred dentist.
If the dental office has a website, be sure to check it out in case they have available testimonials. Other dental practices also have social media accounts where patient reviews may be available.
Check online for evaluations coming from customer review sites to see if other patients have had a good experience.
Dental staff and clinic atmosphere
Do the staff make you feel comfortable the moment you arrive? Are they responsive to your inquiries and needs? Do they make children feel at ease by letting them play with available toys?
When choosing a pediatric dentist, you need to be as discerning, or even more so, as when you’re looking for your own barber or hairstylist – because your little one’s oral care is important. Contact us today!