Like with many other personal services, parents of children preparing for their first dental appointment should be canvassing several pediatric dental offices to find the best one for them. It always pays to do your research in areas like these, ensuring the office you choose has all the proper facilities and staff to meet your needs and those of your child.
At Southridge Pediatric Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of children’s dentist services, from basic cleanings to dental X-rays, fluoride treatments and numerous other areas. We welcome comparisons of our services to other nearby offices – not only do we want all children to get the best possible dental care, we’re supremely confident we’re the ones who offer this to your child. Here are several tips for finding the best pediatric dentist for your child.
Friendly and Experienced
For starters, the dental experience is a very important factor for young children. Keeping them comfortable and at ease is a vital pursuit, and the dentist and dental office play a major role here.
You want confirmation that any pediatric dentist you work with has significant experience with kids in the age range of your child. They should be experts on the techniques used for these age ranges, which are not the same as those used for adults or even teens. Beyond this, though, the dentist should truly love being around kids and helping teach and improve their dental habits.
Treatment Rooms and Environment
Down related rooms, the environment your child enters, especially for a first-time dental appointment, is a huge factor. Waiting rooms and treatment rooms in a pediatric dental office should be welcoming, clean and full of visual teaching tools – posters, models and more that will help kids learn more about the mouth and dental habits. Other comfort services like cozy blankets, comfortable chairs and nitrous oxide for potentially painful procedures should be in-place.
From time to time, kids may act up at the dentist. Maybe they are convinced a certain treatment will hurt or be uncomfortable, or they are worried they’ll be forced to get braces when they don’t want them.
For these situations, you need a dentist who is well-versed in positive behavioral reinforcement techniques. Skills here including speaking calmly to children at eye level, using child-friendly language, explaining procedures in detail and taking the time to answer questions patiently.
Take a Tour
To get the very best idea of whether a given dental office meets the criteria we’ve gone over here, one of the best methods is stopping by for an in-person tour. We’d be glad to welcome you and your child and show you around our facility at your convenience.
For more on how to select the ideal pediatric dentist for your child, or to learn about any of our child dental services, speak to the staff at Southridge Pediatric Dentistry today.