How to Find the Right Pediatric Dentist

Posted on December 9, 2019

Whether you have a little one who is reaching his or her first birthday or you have moved to a new city, you might be looking for a pediatric dentist. Finding the right dentist for your child is just as important as finding the right pediatrician, as beginning care sets the tone for the health and comfort of your child.

Finding a Dentist

First of all, you want to make sure the dentist you are choosing is a pediatric dentist. Not all dental offices see children, so you want to make sure you are choosing the right practice to suit your child’s needs. Pediatric dentists take extra care when it comes to the dental care of children and will work with you and your child to make sure you both have a comfortable and enjoyable visit. They also focus on educating you and your child on how to establish a healthy dental care routine so that you can continue taking care of your child’s teeth between visits. Be sure to ask for recommendations from your friends and family and do plenty of research on the practice and pediatric dentist before calling to schedule a consultation. You can also search the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s database for pediatric dentists in your area.

Schedule Consultations

Schedule consultations with a few of your options before making a decision. Usually, these are at no cost to you and will give you a better idea about what to expect from the practice. A consultation is a great opportunity to meet the dentist and see if he or she is a good fit to work with your child. The atmosphere of the office will also be a good indicator as to whether or not it is the right practice for your child. Good pediatric dentists will take the extra time to make sure you and your child have a comfortable, enjoyable visit while answering any questions you may have about your child’s care.

Making Your Decision

Once you have narrowed down your choices to a few solid options, it will be time to make a decision. Make sure your final options accept any insurance you may have and choose the option that you feel will be best for your family.

Here at NoPo Kids Dentistry, we are always welcoming new patients and would love to help get you established at our practice. We will take the extra time to help you and your child feel comfortable at each visit, and will do our best to help educate you through each step of care and treatment. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today at (971) 978-0009.

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