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How to Find A Good Pediatric or Family Dentist And Avoid Dental Fear

Updated on April 2, 2015

How to Prevent Fear of Dentist

If you have younger children it is imperative that they visit their pediatric dentist as early as possible to avoid having a fear of dentist as they grow older.

The younger the better. If your child has only one tooth it is a great idea to have a dentist take a look to make sure your child has the best start possible.

You can play games with your child at home to prepare them for their dentist visit. There are new experiences that will be frightening for a small child, such as:

  • needles
  • strangers
  • scary noises
  • bright lights

There could be issues with sugar juices or milk that can harm future teeth you may not be aware of. There are smells, noises and needles that can be terrifying if your child is not prepped for before their visit.

Tell your child about your dentist visit or go on a trip to a science center to show your child how amazing their teeth are and why they must be cared for daily. The importance you instill in caring for teeth will stick with your child throughout life; even when you can't tell.

Do you both a favor and start early and insure a lifetime of healthy visits and a great smile for life.

Choosing The Best Dentist

When making a decision on a cosmetic dentist be sure that the expert you choose will:

  • Answer all of your question and make you feel comfortable.
  • Perform all cosmetic work themselves from beginning to end.
  • Dental veneers and such should be only hand crafted and not massed produced.
  • Be sure to look at the before and after untouched photos to look for natural looking work and healthy gums.

Your dental work should be made to your specifications or you are not at the best dentist practice. You want to pay your good money for teeth that look real and natural.

How to Choose the Perfect Pediatric Dentist

Finding a pediatric dentist you can depend on for years to come first depends on you. If you are hesitant, stressed and fearful when it comes to dentists, so will your family. You set the tone.

Choosing the right dentist from the start is the best way to start good long-term dental regimen that will benefit your family the rest of their life as well as preventing fear from the unknown.

There are some things you need to find out first, before choosing your pediatric dentist that you and your family will be depending on for years to come. Before choosing your pediatric dentist you must consider your family needs for years to come.

Keep in mind that the dental services may cost more or less depending on the location; so make sure that payment options are available.

Before Choosing Your Pediatric Dentist

Like most people you want to make sure you make the right decision in choosing the dentist you take your child or children too. Making this choice once is more than enough with the busy life of raising a family.

You need a dentist office that feel right to you and your children; after all you are trusting them with your precious merchandise. Before choosing your pediatric dentist consider the issues your children already have such as gum disease, jaw issues or other disorders; in this case you will require a specialist.

Finding a Pediatric Dentist Near You

The greatest thing is the world is to have your child's dentist located where they are convenient. The first steps you will take to find a dentist is to ask other families how they feel about their dentist; especially if they have the family dynamics similar to yours.

  1. Ask for referrals from friends.
  2. Ask someone with great teeth.
  3. Visit a dental office you are interested in.
  4. Contact your local or state dental society. The ADA provides a list of local and state dental societies on its web site,

Making a Decision Depending on your Needs

Outside of the obvious needs you require from your dentist, you will want to make sure you interview your dentist office for important characteristics before making your final choice for your pediatric dentist.

  • Location
  • Affordability
  • Convenience
  • Special Needs
  • Happy testimonials
  • Professionalism

What to Look When Choosing a Pediatric Dentist

Questions To Ask Yourself

  • Is the office kid friendly?
  • Can I afford these services?
  • Are the hours convenient?
  • Is the parking convenient?
  • Will I and my child be comfortable?
  • Will my child get the treatment they need?

When in the Office

  • Does the staff make me feel welcomed?
  • Are they respectful and helpful?
  • Is the office and restroom clean?
  • Are gloves being worn when by those working on patients?
  • Is the waiting room clean with children paraphernalia?

Questions for your possible Pediatric Dental Office

  • What are your pain reducing methods?
  • What is your preventive dental approach?
  • Do you except my method of payment?
  • Where did the dentist receive their training?
  • How often does the dentist get updating training?
  • Attend Conferences?
  • When are you opened?
  • Do you have emergency hours?
  • Are there any late charges?
  • What are your late charges?
  • Where where you licensed?
  • Do you have payment arrangements?
  • What type of payments do you except?

Questions for your Referral

  • How long have you used your dentist?
  • Does the office run on time?
  • Are you happy with the service?
  • Is the office clean?
  • Is there parking?

After reading this hub I hope you now feel more in control. If so; great! You and your family will be affected greatly from this new beginning and can avoid having to hide bad teeth that ruin self esteem from not getting proper dental care early in life. When your family is exposed to proper and healthy dental habits early in life they expect to go and have less fear.

You now know how to choose your Pediatric Dentist. You know what questions to ask and to whom. You also know what to ask when calling or visiting a pediatric dentist office you are considering. Knowing what questions to ask in advance will help the process go more efficiently.

Choosing your child's Pediatric Dentist will give you one less thing to worry about, leaving you to attend to more important family matters.


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      Kody 2 years ago

      This is great information for every parent to know. Dental care is so important especially for young children. Making sure that dental check ups are a good experience can make all the difference.

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      Darlene Matthews 4 years ago

      That is correct DDE thanks for your comment.

      Taking care of your teeth now keeps them healthy and in your mouth later.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome tips to find a family dentist. An informative and useful hub indeed. It is very important to have a family dentist and the one with whom you are comfortable to talk to .