We’ve had a very bad experience with our last pediatric dentist. He was impatient and snappy with the children. I don’t want them to feel uncomfortable going to the dentist. I feel if it is a positive experience, then they’ll take care of their teeth for the rest of their lives. Is there a trick to finding a good pediatric dentist?
I’ll say first that you are a very wise mother. Your feeling is right on target. A great pediatric dentist can change a child’s whole outlook on taking care of their teeth and their willingness in the dental chair.
Plus, it will mean they’ll continue to take care of their teeth after they’re grown and on their own. We’re fortunate and have a what many have called the Mary Poppins of dentistry. Children love her. That’s what you need for your children.
Finding a Great Pediatric Dentist
The obvious step one is to look up pediatric dentists in your area. From there, the next thing I’d do is check their reviews. There is no better way to check out what a dentist is like than by reading what actual patients have had to say about their experiences with that doctor.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list, check their websites to see what types of services they offer and get a feel for their office. Then, it’s off for a visit.
Don’t Put Off Pediatric Visits
I don’t think this is something you’d do, but I’m writing it for the benefit of parents who many not realize the danger in putting off pediatric dental care. The earlier a child sees the dentist, the better. We’ve seen countless times where parents waited, thinking children’s teeth are going to be fine and if they’re not, they’re going to “fall out anyway”.
The problem with that is the infections that often result from neglect. When decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, an infection will develop. This is considered a dental emergency. While, yes, the tooth is going to fall out anyway; the infection will continue to spread until that happens.
Not only will the child be in massive pain with a tooth infection, but if it spreads to the heart or brain (both of which are close to their jaws) a dental emergency can quickly turn into a life-threatening medical emergency. Preventative care quite literally prevents that.
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