It’s important for preschool children to visit the dentist on a regular basis. Those early years are very formative, and setting them up for success can lead to a lifetime of healthier habits and smiles. Finding the right dentist for your preschooler is important, especially if you want to ensure they have a good experience from the beginning.
Whether you’ve never taken your child to the dentist or you’ve tried a couple who haven’t worked out, we want to help you find the right one for your child. In this article, we’ll do exactly that.
Find a Pediatric Dentist
Most parents know they’re supposed to take their child to a pediatric doctor for general health concerns, but did you also know they can go to a pediatric dentist for their oral health? Finding a good pediatric dentist is the first step towards giving your preschooler a good experience.
Pediatric dentists are different because they have received two to three additional years of training after dental school. This additional training helps pediatric dentists understand the issues young children face, their psychology and unique needs, and the best ways to treat them.
Pediatric dentists also bring several other benefits to the table:
- They typically use smaller and “less scary” dental tools to help children feel more comfortable.
- They communicate with the child throughout the appointment to keep them informed and engaged.
- Their offices are more likely to be brightly decorated and have the best toys, giving children something to look forward to (in addition to having their teeth cleaned).
Check with Some References
Talk to your friends who have kids or the parents at your child’s preschool. Ask where they go to the dentist and ask about their experience. Better yet, ask your friend’s children where they go to the dentist. If the child loves visiting their dentist, then you are on the right track!
If you’re still having trouble finding the right dentist for your preschooler, you can look online for pediatric dentists in your area using the Pediatric Dentist search tool.
It’s important to look for dentists who actually have testimonials or reviews from other patients. For instance, you can read reviews online for us here at Dental Town. These will give you a good idea of how patients (and their children) feel about visiting a particular dentist.
Find a Dentist Who Values Preventative Care
While most pediatric dentists will focus on prevention, there are some who just want to fix problems. We strongly believe that prevention is a much easier approach to dental care, especially with children.
A good pediatric dentist will recognize issues as they develop, providing treatment and correction before the issues develop. You don’t want to wait until your child is in perpetual pain to give them dental treatment; not only will it hurt them, it will also cost you more money to fix!
Preventative dentistry treatments you can ask about include:
- Dental sealants
- Tooth decay prevention
- Space maintainers
- Fluoride treatments
- Help with teaching kids healthy habits
Look for a Family-Friendly Staff/Team
When it comes to your children, you want to know they are in good hands you can trust. That’s why, at Dental Town, we treat our patients like we treat our family. With children, there is never a “one size fits all” solution, so we start by listening to our patients, understanding their needs, and discussing their options.
If you don’t feel like your opinion and input as a parent is valued by your child’s dentist, then you may not have found the right one. From the moment you walk in the door, you should feel welcomed and enjoy a great experience.
Our goal at Dental Town isn’t to just make you happy, but to treat you like family. We want lifelong patients, and that starts with a good relationship.
Attend a Consultation
Before any dental work is completed, you can start with a consultation with your potential pediatric dentists. During this consultation, you’ll be able to accomplish several things:
- Ensure you are comfortable with and trust the dentist
- Explore the office to see if it’s a fun environment for your child
- Check to see if your child is comfortable around the potential dentist
- Give your child a positive first impression at the dentist
During your consultation, you’ll quickly recognize if it’s a welcoming environment and if the dental staff understands how to care for children.
Experience the Dental Town Difference
If you’re in the Alpharetta, Canton, Forsyth, or Suwanee Georgia areas, then we have great news. Dental Town has four locations and each one is equipped with pediatric dentists, a fun environment, and the best care we can provide for your child.
Experts recommend that your child visits the dentist around their first birthday. It’s important to start your child on a path to success for oral health.
The good news is that, at Dental Town, we offer free first visit consultations to all children under the age of two. Even if your child is older and has never been to the dentist, it’s not too late to schedule an appointment…just don’t keep putting it off.
Experience the Dental Town difference for yourself. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.