Ask Yourself When Opting for a Pediatric Dentist

When considering a pediatric dentist in the United States, you should keep the following questions in mind:

Is the dentist a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry?

Does the pediatric dentist keep current through continuing education classes and/or attendance at conferences, seminars, etc.?

Does the pediatric dentist’s professional/personal manner put you and your child at ease?

Is the staff friendly, knowledgeable and quick in addressing your child’s needs and your concerns?

Is the dental office child-centric? (Do they offer child-sized furniture and instruments, decorations, handouts, entertainment/distraction options for children of different ages, etc?)

What is the practice’s policy on parents staying with their children during treatment? (Some pediatric dental offices require parents to accompany their children in order to educate parents and help reassure nervous children. Other offices encourage children to return for treatment on their own in order for the pediatric dental team to focus exclusively on the child and begin building a sense of trust right away.) What policy makes you and your child most comfortable?

Does the practice accept your dental insurance?

Were you properly informed about your child’s tooth development and given prevention and at-home dental care education?

Were your questions and concerns (and those of your child) treated with respect and sensitivity and answered in an age-appropriate, reassuring manner?

For families with multiples: Is the dentist familiar with the oral health or needs for multiples? Is the dentist comfortable treating multiples? Tips or suggestions for oral care for families with multiples?