Finding the Right Dentist for Your Kids
- December 12th, 2018
- Info & Tips
You’re looking for a new dentist! Whether this is due to a negative experience with a current dentist, or your child needs dental services for the first time, or anything in between, this can be a stressful event as the health and wellbeing of your child is at the hands of the pediatric dentist of your choice. What a tough decision! Thankfully, even though there are many things to consider when searching for a new dentist for your child, we can break it down into two simple categories: Why and How.
Why is choosing a pediatric dentist important?
For any parent, it’s not surprising that convincing a child to take care of their oral and dental health can be like pulling teeth. The daily struggle to ensure teeth are brushed can quickly become a nightmare for some. Even though you can’t micromanage your child all the time to see that they are reaching every tooth for the recommended length of time, you can ensure their teeth remain healthy by choosing the correct pediatric dentist.
As a child, scheduling regular visits to the dentist is just another part of maintaining good oral and dental health. However, it isn’t common for somebody to enjoy these regular visits. This is why the atmosphere of the dental office, as well as finding a trustworthy professional can comfort not only the child but the parent as well.
As pediatric dentists have a younger demographic of patients, it is not uncommon to find waiting rooms outfitted with toys and games to make the process more fun, engaging, and personal. The pediatric dentists and their staff are familiar with handling children in the office and may even give small toys or trinkets after a successful appointment. All of these factors work together to help create a fun and friendly atmosphere for your child to feel more comfortable during dentist appointments.
A pediatric dentist also differs from the regular dentist in their education. Beyond the initial dental school, they are required to take additional studies that focus on child development as well as the dental needs of infants and children. This means they are able to identify conditions that only affect children, such as tongue thrusts, enamel hypoplasia, tongue ties, and baby bottle tooth decay. They are also trained to take note of any developmental or growth issues beyond teeth, relating to the jaw, face, and head. A pediatric dentist will focus on infants from the beginning stages of tooth formation until they reach adolescence. At 18, the patient must then be referred to a general dentist.
How do I choose the right pediatric dentist?
The task of finding the right pediatric dentist for your child can be incredibly daunting. However, there are many tools and resources available for parents today to ensure they are making the right choice. The internet is a goldmine of information, full of genuine customer reviews and testimonials that give honest opinions and experiences with the practice. That being said, don’t base decisions off online reviews alone. Parents are welcome to reach out to local dental schools, friends, family, or the community for recommendations – the classic word-of-mouth is still a very effective way of collecting information, even with pediatric dentistry options.
With all these suggestions flying about, it never hurts to also evaluate the dental practice on your own. With your child’s oral and dental health in mind, it is not uncommon to think that as a parent, nobody would know what’s best for your child except for you! This is why individual visits to the office itself to speak with the pediatric dentist and office staff are a great way to get an impression of whether the place would suit your needs.
At the end of the day, no matter how you choose a pediatric dentist for your child, it is worth the time and energy to ensure they are a right fit for yourself and your child. Taking into consideration the office atmosphere, reviews, and initial impressions can be a lengthy process, you will be sure that your child is in good hands.
Why Smile Town?
Smile Town is committed to providing a receptive and sensitive environment in which we can offer effective, reliable and successful oral health care for your child. Our primary goal is to create a positive experience for your child and for you.
We offer many services unique from regular dentists to make this happen. At Smile Town, we have small tools to fit small mouths. There are plenty of entertainment options to keep children busy and anxiety is taken into consideration with careful pacing. We also provide four different sedation and anaesthesia options so if necessary, we can select the best option for your situation.
At Smile Town we will discuss all available cost options, whether it be through insurance companies or government funding. If you are placing an insurance claim, your reimbursement will go directly to you. This means no waiting for Smile Town to process your claim. To ensure you are reimbursed in a timely fashion, our staff is happy to assist you with submitting your insurance claim. Is it your first time making a claim? We will walk you through the forms and answer any questions you may have.
We also work with Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) which is an option for low-income families with children under the age of seventeen. The Healthy Smiles Program is an Ontario government-funded basic dental program. It provides preventive and early treatment services for children and youth who qualify.
We at Smile Town want you to be informed and confident regarding your child’s oral and dental health. It is our hope that you are now equipped with the information to proceed in choosing the right dentist for your child’s care. No referrals are necessary and you are welcome to come for a meet and greet before you commit to the first visit.
To make an appointment or find out if Smile Town is the right pediatric dentist for you, call us now at (877) 749-9981 or contact us here.