Moving to a new city or state comes with many challenges, one of which is finding a new family dentist. Selecting your family’s dentist is just as important as choosing a pediatrician, as your child’s dentist will have a major impact on his or her health.
Here are a few things to consider that may help you make your decision.
How to Find a Great Family Dentist
- One of the main things to look for when choosing a family dentist is to seek out one who has extensive experience in working with children. A dentist who sees young patients on a regular basis will be better equipped to work with your child, put his or her mind at ease, and develop a healthy dentist-patient relationship. If your child enjoys dental appointments early on, it will make future appointments easier on the entire family.
- Pick a dentist who takes the time to talk to you and explain any treatments or findings. If you feel like you are being rushed out the door and don’t have time to ask questions, find a new dentist.
- Feel free to schedule an appointment with a potential new family dentist without actually being seen so you can get to know him or her and learn more about the practice. This “trial appointment” also enables you to learn more about the dentist’s training and lets you see whether the office is up to your standards.
- Location is definitely a factor that should be taken into consideration. Choose a dental office that is close to your home to make it easier to get to regular appointments. Plus, in the event of a dental emergency (which is not unlikely when children are involved), it’s better to be close to the office.
Finding a new dentist that is right for your family may take some time, but it’s well worth the effort.
Few things are as important as your family’s health, and finding a good dentist will go a long way toward maintaining it.