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?

How to Find the Right Dentist for Your Child

When you have a child, you want to make sure you do what is right for them. You want to make the right decisions, and provide them with the right experiences. And taking care of their health is a big part of that. And of course, taking care of their teeth. So, when you are looking for a dentist for your little one, there are a few things to consider. Here are some tips to help you find a great Kissimmee dentist for your child.

One thing to remember is that children’s teeth and adult teeth are different. And you have to take care of them differently. So, you may want to look into finding a Kissimmee dentist that specializes in children. Actually, a lot of dental offices won’t accept children who still have their baby teeth, anyway. Going to the dentist can be frightening for children, so you need someone who is prepared to deal with that, and take the time to put your child at ease.

If you are having a hard time finding a dentist that works with children, contact your pediatrician. They should have a list of Kissimmee dentists that work with children, and will probably also recommend one that their other patients use. Or, if your child is in school, ask the school nurse. School nurses are great sources of information when it comes to your child’s health. You should never be afraid to call up and ask a few questions.

When you find a pediatric dentist that you think might work, set up a first appointment. You will want to look for a few things, just to be sure that this is the dental office you want to stay with. How friendly is the staff? Are they quick to help you? Are there plenty of safe, well cared for toys in the waiting room? How long are you expected to wait? Nothing will turn a child off to going to the dentist quicker than a long wait in a boring waiting room. Talk to the dentist about your child’s habits, and let your child ask questions, too, if they’re old enough to talk. Again, the dentist should be happy to answer you and your child’s concerns.