3 Questions to Ask Before Deciding on a Children’s Dentist

Picking the right dentist for your child is incredibly important and can be stressful. You want to find a dentist that knows how to calm a child down and work with their teeth, but you also don’t want to spend a fortune.
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If you are on the lookout for a new pediatric dentist for your child, then read on. In this article, we look at the three most important questions you should ask your dentist before letting them touch and clean your child’s teeth.

Let’s get to it.

1. Do They Have Specialized Training?

The first question you should always ask when selecting a dentist for your child is whether they have specialized training.

Since children’s teeth are in the process of developing and more susceptible to tooth decay, pediatric dentists have an additional two to three years of training. This training is in addition to their four years of dental school and four years of undergraduate college.

Even though some people don’t think that cleaning children’s teeth is much different from cleaning adult teeth, that is entirely false. The training that pediatric dentists get includes how to clean the teeth of children, make them feel safe, and create an experience that encourages them to clean their teeth in the future.

Pediatric dentists will also have experience and training for treating patients with special needs. This makes finding the right pediatric dentist even more important if your child has some special need or accommodation.

Here at Goochland Dentistry, we have some of the most experienced dentists and staff members specialized in pediatric dentistry. We even take the initiative to incorporate monthly children’s events into our office so that we can educate and entertain our youngest patients and clean their teeth.

2. Are They Proactive?

The best way to take care of any teeth is to be proactive and take a preventive approach to cavities and other issues. Your pediatric dentist should be proactive in treating your child’s teeth so that they are less likely to get cavities and pain in the future.

A proactive approach is especially essential for children. Since children still have their baby teeth and tend to eat more sugar and candy, children are more likely to have tooth decay than adults. Pediatric dentists need to be proactive so that they can combat tooth decay and cavities.

One of the best preventive treatments that any pediatric dentist can offer is a dental sealant. This dental sealant creates a protective barrier over the tooth enamel. The sealant will help protect the teeth and doesn’t cause any stress or pain during the child’s application.

Fluoride treatment is another great preventive measure that we take to protect your child’s teeth. Fluoride treatment prevents decay and repairs any small areas of decay before they become full cavities.

Goochland Dentistry believes that preventive dentistry is the most important approach to teeth cleaning. We commit to providing preventive and proactive care to save you money and pain in the future.

3. Are They Welcoming and Fun for Children?

Taking your child to the dentist can be extremely overwhelming and stressful, especially if your child is afraid of the dentist. One of the best ways to make sure that your child isn’t scared is to take them to a pediatric dentist that is welcoming and fun.

Our pediatric dental offices are designed for children to associate the office with fun and excitement. We want our office to have a positive demeanor so that your child isn’t scared to go.

Our staff is engaging and reassuring when interacting with your children. If the dentist or staff are harsh and boring, then your child will be afraid of the dentist, regardless of the decor. All of our staff is specifically trained to make sure that your child feels excited and safe coming into our office.

Some dental offices treat children as though they don’t have a right to know what’s happening. Look for a pediatric dentist that respects your child and informs them of the process. This allows them to be calm when during dental procedures.

Here at Goochland Dentistry, we tell the child what we’re going to do in a procedure and show them how we do it. This alleviates a lot of the stress that comes with not knowing what’s coming next. We take this extra time to make sure they feel comfortable and safe to perform the procedure to the best of our ability.

All in all, we create a welcoming and fun environment so that children feel safe and not scared of their dental experience. Not only does it make the experience less stressful for you, but it encourages your child to practice good oral hygiene well into their adult years.

Final Thoughts

Selecting the best children’s dentist is important to help your child have a beautiful smile and healthy teeth for years to come.

Before selecting a pediatric dentist, ask to see if your dentist has specialized pediatric dentistry experience, a proactive approach, and a welcoming environment.

At Goochland Dentistry, we make it a point to provide all three of these factors for our youngest patients. If you need to schedule a dental appointment for your child, contact our office to set up an appointment today.

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