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What Every Parent Should Know about Choosing a Pediatric Dentist

 

The importance of pediatric dental care simply cannot be overstated. Both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that parents take a child to a kids dentist as soon as the first tooth pops out. While baby teeth eventually fall out, early loss or decay of baby teeth can result in permanent teeth decay and/or crooked growth.

At the same time, it's never too late to care for your child's teeth. If you haven't been taking your little one to a pediatric dentist on a regular basis, now is a good time to start. Here are some tips to help you find the best dentist for kids in your area.

Age-Specific Experience

As every parent knows, there is a big difference between a one year old and a six year old. Ask the dentist if he or she has experience treating kids the same age as your little one. Age-specific experience will enable a dentist to know what problems to look for in our child's teeth; it will also enable the dentist to keep your child happy and engaged throughout the appointment.


Treatment Needs

Not all pediatric dentists specialize in all forms of kids dental care. While just about any kids dentist can handle routine cleaning, fillings and extractions, you may need to see a specialist if your child has a gum infection or needs braces. Children who have autism or other, similar issues will do best with a dentist who has good behavior management skills.

Insurance

Dental insurance enables you to get the dental care you need for your kids without worrying about the cost. At the same time, be aware that an insurance policy will not automatically cover every good dentist. Check your policy carefully and pick an approved dentist to avoid problems applying for insurance compensation.

Location

Location should not be your priority when choosing a dentist for your child; however, it is an important consideration. Finding a good children's dentist near your home or workplace can save you a lot of travel time.

Referrals

Websites such as Yelp and the Better Business Bureau list children's dentists in just about any city or town in the United States. You can use these sites to look up a prospective children's dentist to see what previous patients have to say about him or her. While no dentist will have only 5 star reviews, any good dentist will have mostly positive reviews. Additionally, the Better Business Bureau enables you to see if there is legal action pending against a particular dentist in your area.

At the same time, there is no better way to find a good children's dentist than to step out and make an appointment for a routine check-up and cleaning. Give us a call at your convenience and we will help you set up an appointment for the date and time of your choosing. You can come into the dentist's office to observe how the dentist interacts with your child and see if your child feels comfortable with our gentle dental care. We also welcome questions and concerns and would be happy to provide you with advice regarding caring for your child's teeth at home.

While parents can do a lot to protect and maintain a child's teeth, professional dental care is a must. Children should see a dentist once or twice a year. We offer a wide range of dental treatments for kids of all ages, including simple cleanings, fillings, gum diseases treatments, braces, crowns and more and would be happy to treat your child on a one-time or ongoing basis.