Five Suggestions for Finding a Pediatric Dentist

Finding a new dentist when you need one can be very difficult. Looking for a good kids’ dentist is even more complicated. A regular dentist may choose to treat children, but that doesn’t mean he or she is a pediatric dentist. The American Dental Association (ADA) has a different accreditation for a pediatric dentist. This means that the tests and standards that a doctor must take and follow are specifically geared to treating children.

That said, every pediatric dentist is different. One might be great for the needs and personalities of one family but not work well with another. Finding a good kids’ dentist for your family may take a little research on your part, but it will be well worth the effort. Following are five suggestions to help your search for pediatric dentistry in Simi Valley.

  • Ask your pediatrician.
  • Get references from friends.
  • Check online resources.
  • Look at reviews online.
  • Visit the office.

Ask Your Pediatrician

A great resource is your children’s pediatrician. Their doctor and nursing staff will be familiar with your children’s specific needs and personalities. With that information they might be able to give a good recommendation.

Get References from Friends

Check with friends and coworkers who have children. Find out who they go to, who they have gone to, and who they would avoid. Ask specific questions about what a particular dentist does that they like and dislike.

Check Online Resources

There are online resources that have a list of pediatric dentists. For instance, a great resource is the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Their website has a search feature that will pull up a list of doctors affiliated with their association in your area.

Look at Online Reviews

Before you settle on a specific doctor, check the online reviews. Individuals often leave very valuable feedback about their experiences with a certain dentist. Because these reviews are fairly anonymous, they can contain valuable information.

Visit the Office

Finally, as part of your search for pediatric dentistry in Simi Valley, go visit the clinic or office that you are interested in. Make an appointment to meet the staff and doctor. Go prepared with a list of questions that will help you determine proper fit.

Choosing a Good Pediatric Dentist for Your Child

I guess it’s true what Belinda Carlisle says… Heaven really is a place on earth.  I can attest to that because just recently, I met a real live angel right smack in the heart of the city.  She’s my daughter’s pediatric dentist- whose name escapes my memory right now.   Her voice alone is good enough as anesthesia.  Her demeanor is simply so relaxing, that I myself wouldn’t mind having 5 teeth pulled by her all at the same time.

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Why do we need to put the fate of our kids’ teeth in the hands of a pediatric dentist?  These professionals, unlike a general dentist, have additional years of training which highlight hands-on child psychology, growth and development.  What exactly do you look for in a pediatric dentist?

He or she should of course have a license to practice.  He should be knowledgeable and updated on the latest types of procedures available in treating your child’s condition.

Your pediatric dentist should know how to communicate with your child, especially during the initial visit.  He should know how to alleviate your child’s- and your- fears using the tone of his voice and facial expressions.  Some would show your kid how the dental chair moves up and down before he actually sits on it.  This is what’s called “therapeutic interaction” between the dentist and child.  Pediatric dentists are never forceful.

Location is also an important thing to consider when choosing a pediatric dentist.  You and your kid will have less anxiety if you took him to a dentist whose clinic is right in the neighborhood.  You can even take him on a quick tour prior to the actual visit.  If you live somewhere in Montreal, for instance, you can Google “pediatric dentist montreal” and come up with a list of dentists which you can check out.

Our children’s dental health is something we parents should really put a premium on.  The way we take care of our kids’ teeth now will determine how their smiles look in the future.