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Finding a Dentist for Your Preschooler: 5 Tips

kid-tooth-pain-squarePreschool is a fun (and crazy) time in both your life and your child’s life. It’s a time of learning, discovery, excitement, and so much more.

It’s also a time where healthy oral healthcare habits need to be established so that your child continues to develop into a happy, healthy adolescent, teenager, and eventually an adult.

While many parents simply take their children to the dentist down the street, this isn’t necessarily the best thing for your child, as pediatric dentists have unique qualifications and experiences that enable them to provide the absolute best dental care for your child.

If you have a preschool-aged child and you’re looking for the best dentist in your area, we want to share a few tips that will help you pick the best dentist for your child. If you happen to be in the North Atlanta area, Dental Town has offices in Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, and Johns Creek to meet your child’s dental and orthodontic needs.

Without further ado, here we go:

1 Look for a Fun, Playful Office

The moment your preschooler walks into a pediatric dental office, they should be in awe. While there are many pediatric dental offices in the North Atlanta area, not many of them are going to have this effect on your child.

At our office, kids walk in and are immediately amazed at everything that is going on. Since there’s really no way to describe it in words, we’ve included a link to our office tour video below:

2 Check out Patient Reviews

There’s nothing that fires up a parent like the feeling that their child has been mistreated. In this digital age, if a mom or dad wasn’t satisfied with the service they received from their child’s dentist, they are going to let the world know about it.

This is why it’s important to look through reviews from real patients to see what they have to say. Below, you’ll find links to a “reviews page” on our website, as well as links to our Facebook & Google pages.

You’ll see we have a lot of happy moms, dads, and kids who are patients of Dental Town.

3 Examine Credentials Carefully

Just because a person has a degree in dentistry, it doesn’t make them qualified to specialize in the unique field of pediatric dentistry. In fact, while many dentists offer “pediatric dentistry services,” few of them actually have the extended skills, knowledge, and advanced training to call themselves pediatric dentists.

At our offices, both Dr. Hansen and Dr. Davidson have completed the requirements necessary to specialize in pediatric dentistry. You can read their bios (and the bios of our other great dentists and orthodontists) by clicking the link below:

4 Ask About Emergency Hours & Procedures

Nobody wants an emergency, but when children are involved, things happen. If your child has a dental or orthodontic emergency outside of our normal office hours, one of our dentists will be available to see them.

We understand that everything doesn’t always happen while our office is open, and our dental team has a game plan in place for such emergencies.

Please note that if your child is experiencing a serious health emergency, the quickest way to get help is to dial 911.

5 Find an Office Your Child Can Grow Into as They Get Older

smiling-kid-squareYou may have a preschooler now, but before you know it you’re going to be dealing with an adolescent and then a teenager. With that said, it’s important to pick an office that can grow with your child.

What do we mean by that?

Your child’s dental and orthodontic needs are likely to change as they get older. They may need braces or even be interested in some sort of minor cosmetic procedure to repair a tooth. The bottom line is our office is equipped to handle dentistry from age 1 to age 100. So by bringing your family to Dental Town, you’re giving them a “dentist for life.”

So what now?

Hopefully these tips have helped you understand what’s important when selecting a pediatric dentist for your preschooler. If you would like to schedule your child’s appointment at one of our practices (Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, or Johns Creek) give us a call today, or simply fill out the contact form here.