Tooth Tips for Later Life

Choosing A New Family Dentist For Your Child

A visit to the dentist can be a scary prospect for an adult let alone a child. That is why it is so important to choose the right family dentist. In doing so you can help to alleviate any fears your child may have and ensure they follow a good oral hygiene routine into their later years. In this article we'll look at some of the things you can look out for when choosing a new family dentist for your child. 

Look For A Child-Friendly Environment

Sitting in a big chair surrounded by drills, needles and scary machines can be a very daunting experience for any child. For this reason you should look to find a dentist that has paid attention to the fears of children by creating a child-friendly environment. This could involve something as simple as having cartoons playing on a TV during their checkup or offering toys in the waiting room. Anything that can be done to distract and calm a child before they are seated in the big black chair will help them to get through their appointment without any tears or worry. Stickers at the end of the appointment are another great idea. 

Look For A Conveniently Located Dentist

When you consider that you may have to take your child to the dentist directly from school or even arrange an emergency appointment, it pays to seek out a dentist that is conveniently located. You can usually find the dentists closest to you by searching on Google. Google's search results will often include the distance from any given location giving you a good idea of travel times from school or home. 

Choose A Dentist With Good Reviews

Look for unbiased dentist reviews online or speak to friends and family to listen to their experiences with a particular dentist. You can also ask questions of any dentist that you are interested in visiting. If they are proud of their practice and have the credentials to prove their experience and expertise they will only be too happy to speak to you. 

Find A Dentist With Friendly Support Staff

Your child may be scared on arrival at the dentist's office. For this reason it is important to choose a dentist with friendly support staff. From the reception staff to the dental nurse, the more positive interactions your child has before and during their checkup will help to put them at ease. 

Choosing the right dentist early on for your child will help you and them to build a positive relationship that promotes good healthy teeth for many years to come.