Many kids have a fear of the dentist. As a parent, one of your most essential jobs is to quell that fear and teach your child the importance of regular dental visits. This will set them up for success later in life and could prevent serious tooth and mouth problems in the future.
When choosing a family dentist, there are many important factors to consider. Your child’s safety and comfort level should be your top priority and should be what influences your final decision.
Keep this in mind as you search for and interview potential dentists.
Asking friends and family members with small kids for their recommendations is a great starting point. Ask your trusted sources what they like best about their pediatric dentist, and how their little ones interact with the dentist.
Then once you’ve narrowed down a few options, you and your child can visit the dentist’s office in person for a meet-and-greet. This is an essential part of acclimating your child to the idea of the dentist and alleviating some of the fears they may have. What scares children about the dentist is all the uncertainty surrounding it. If you can remove some of that uncertainty and unfamiliarity, you can ease their worries.