Once your child begins getting teeth, it is a good time to consider visiting a children’s dentist. Children’s dentistry is a specialized service where the dentist is specifically trained to care for children’s teeth from birth to adolescence. However, choosing the right children’s dentistry practice for your child can be a difficult task, especially when you have a child who you believe may be anxious about their checkup. Here are some tips to help you find the right children’s dentistry practice.
- Sit down and meet with a children’s dentist in your area. Ask them about their experiences working with children at the same age of your child and what they do at their first visit. You will also want to review their education and how long they have been working in children’s dentistry. A pediatric dentist has received at least two years of specialized training in children’s dentistry.
- Chose a dentist that employs a lot of distraction techniques, including fun activities and possibly rewards for a child who sits through an appointment.
- Bring your child to meet the dentist and see if they interact well. A children’s dentist will have a lot of experience working with children and will know how to calm nerves and anxiety. They will have the skills to not only work on your child’s teeth, but a good understanding about developing a rapport with the child to put them at ease.
- Get references from friends, family, or your pediatrician. If you know other people who are pleased with a specific children’s dentistry practice, it may also be a good fit for your child.
Above all, choose a dentist who you feel comfortable with. At Amberwood Dental Centre in Newmarket, ON, we have qualified children’s dentists specifically trained to put your child’s mind at ease. We know we can have both your child, and you, leaving our offices with a brighter smile!