When you take your children to the dentist, you naturally want to see the best pediatric dentist there is.  After all, your kids deserve the best dental health care available. 

Unfortunately, finding the right pediatric dentist is not always that easy.

Most of the time, parents are not sure what factors to take into consideration.

That usually results in confusion and postponing the dental check-ups. Something like that should never be done, as they're vital for a child's dental development.

Well, we're here to help you out. Here are some things you need to do to make sure you have found the best pediatric dentist:

Start out with a Basic Appointment

Unless it's an emergency, you should never skip this phase. It's best just to take your child in for a regular check-up, one that doesn't imply having any work done.

This way, you'll get to see how the pediatric dentist interacts with your child and how your kid feels. 

Also, remember to see if the dentist offers further dental care advice or not. That will show you how invested they are in you and your children.

For instance, we are more than happy to provide you with the information you need.

We've even put together some valuable pediatric dentistry data to get you started.

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Keep an Eye on the Atmosphere and the Environment

During the appointment, we recommend looking around the waiting room and the dentist's office. For instance, is the waiting room kid-friendly? Are there toys that can be used to distract them and calm them down?

As for the dentist's office, we advise looking at how organized it is. Also, it's important to note if the medical tools used by the dentist are designed for children or not. The easiest way to tell is by looking at their size. If they seem too large and uncomfortable, it's because they are.

If everything seems in order, then you are well on your way to finding the best pediatric dentist for your children.

See How the Pediatric Dentist Reacts to More Troublesome Children

Some kids just like to act out and make a scene when going to the dentist. For them, the fear and anxiety just gets too overwhelming. In this case, it's critical that the dentist finds a way to calm the child down. 

If they seem like they are losing their patience and are too aggressive, you're better off looking for another pediatric dentist.

Going to the best pediatric dentist means knowing that your children will never be treated like a problem. 

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Join the discussion 35 Comments

  • I agree that you should start with the basic appointment. That’s a great way to test the waters, plus no commitment. The biggest thing for me is just my child feeling comfortable where she is. if she’s not it’s going to make going to the dentist extra hard.

  • A professional pediatric dentist will provide you with expert tips on how to take care of your child’s teeth at home. Advice typically includes the proper way to floss and brush your child’s teeth and additional information based on the specific condition of your child’s teeth.

  • Sarah Smith says:

    I need to get a pediatric dentist for my kids. Thanks for the advice about how you should start out with a basic appointment to see how they interact with your kid. Another thing to consider is to get a pediatric dentist that accepts your dental insurance.

  • Before your appointment date, feel free to call the dental office to schedule a tour. You and your child can meet the friendly dentists and staff in person, and come the big day, the office environs, from the dentist’s chair to the lobby, will feel more familiar.

  • Jalu Sakti says:

    I like that you talked about finding a dentist that is patient and professional in dealing with challenging children. It’s true that if you go to a pediatric dentist specifically for your children, there shouldn’t be any reason why the child isn’t cared for during the appointment. My son is really hard to deal with during dentist appointments, so I am trying to find a good dentist that is patient and can help keep my son entertained while he is getting dental work done. I hope we can find someone that makes my son feel comfortable.

  • Luke Smith says:

    Thanks for your advice to always start with a basic appointment so you and your child can get used to what happens on a regular check-up with a new dentist. I can definitely see how this would give you the chance to check and see if your dentist is invested in your child’s dental care. I would think it could be a really good idea to get recommendations from friends or family members with kids as well.

  • I want my kids to feel comfortable going to the dentist, like I was as a child. I appreciate your tip about finding somewhere with a kid friendly environment. I remember playing with toys every time I went to the dentist, and that was probably the reason I liked it.

  • I like your idea on checking the environment of a dental office before you choose one. It would seem that an office that has a calm and friendly atmosphere would be great for your kids. I’m looking for a dentist for my family so I’ll have to consider the environment first.

  • I never knew how important it is to check a dentist’s office to ensure it is organized and clean to make sure he/she is professional. My wife and I just moved to a new town. We should be able to use this info to find a local dentist that can keep our gums free of disease.

  • Marcus Coons says:

    It really helped when you talked about choosing a dentist that know how to calm children down. I can see that taking the time to look for the best can help your children have a good time while getting their dental care done. WE just moved to a new town and want to make sure we find a good dentist to help us and our kids keep our teeth healthy and strong.

  • Carl Becker says:

    When it came to finding a Richmond pediatric dentist for my children, I decided to check out reviews on Google before scheduling an appointment. Luckily the pediatric dentistry office I selected turned out to be even better than what the reviews said. Love our new children’s dentist in Richmond!

  • Mark Murphy says:

    I really appreciate your tip to check if your dentist offers further dental advice for your kids. My son has been having a hard time keeping up with his dental habits, and my wife and I want to make sure that he gets good habits. I will be sure to tell my wife that we should try and get a dentist who will give our son some good dental habits.

  • Ellie Davis says:

    I really like that you suggest visiting the dentist and checking out the office. My husband and I just moved our family to a new area and we need to find a dentist for our kids. I’ll have to do some research and find the best pediatric dentist in the area.

  • Ellie Davis says:

    Thank you for pointing out that you should see if the dentist offers further dental advice. I’ll have to keep this in mind as I search for the best dentist for my kids in my new area. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find a dentist they love.

  • Ellie Davis says:

    My daughter is getting her first teeth and I want to make sure everything is coming in healthy and need to find the right dentist. Thank you for pointing out that I should make sure and start out with a simple checkup before I decide to for sure go with a specific dentist. I’ll have to do some research and find the best pediatric dentists in my area.

  • Sam Li says:

    I like what you said about keeping an eye on the atmosphere. I think that seeing a dentist is a great idea. My wife and I want to find a pediatric dentist in our area.

  • Derek Dewitt says:

    I just moved to a new area so I am looking for a dentist to start visiting with the family. I like your point about starting with a basic appointment to evaluate how the dentist interacts with your kids. I’ll definitely try this so I can find the best fit for my kids.

  • Millie Hue says:

    I like that you pointed out that we must observe the facility as well to see if they really are kid-friendly. I will keep that in mind now that I will be taking my child to a dentist as soon as possible. This is to get his cavities treated since he is already complaining about the pain, and he was only able to eat a porridge last night.

  • Thanks for this advice for picking a pediatric dentist. I’m glad you mentioned that you should pay attention to see how the dentist interacts with your child. I wonder if it could be good to talk with the dentist beforehand about your child so they have a better idea of how they could maybe help any anxiety they may have in the appointment.

  • Thanks for these helpful tips! I agree, start out with a basic appointment. The child’s first visit to the dentist should be positive so it’s easier to convince him/her the second time around. I’m glad nowadays pediatric dental clinics have playing rooms, this will definitely make the child’s experience pleasant.

  • Adrian Jones says:

    One of the best ways to ensure that a dentist is just right for your child is to take them to a first-time ‘getting to know you’ appointment so that they can see what the dentist does for a living and how it would work in their case. At the same time, be on the lookout for the general feel and look of the place–is it kid-friendly? Can the dentist be able to handle a rowdy child in the dentist’s chair? When the answers to these are yes, then you know you’ve found the dentist that would be servicing their teeth for years to come. Now that I know what to look out for, I’ll be sure to let my son know that I’m not taking him to the torture house or anything–I’ll have to explain to him what a dentist does and how important it is to care for his teeth.

  • Steele Honda says:

    I like that you said that when choosing a pediatric dentist it’s important to start out with a basic appointment because you’ll get to see how the pediatric dentist interacts with your child and how your kid feels. I am looking for a new pediatric dentist for my kids because we just moved away from our old one. I think it would be smart to take them for a basic checkup because then I could also talk to the dentist a little bit about how they work and what to expect from them.

  • It’s great you talked about how a pediatric dentist can handle a rowdy patient since it’s unavoidable that there are going to be patients that would either make a scene or throw a tantrum. The best way for the pediatric dentist to handle this is to observe how they would react to the situation–they would attempt to calm down the child in the best way possible without losing their cool. If I had to take my daughter to the dentist I would ask her not to cause trouble so that she can relax and not give the dentist any trouble.

  • I like how you mentioned that during your child’s initial appointment with the dentist, you should look around the office and waiting room to make sure that it’s kid-friendly and organized. My daughter has been experiencing really bad pain in her gums, but we recently moved and haven’t found a new dentist yet. I will definitely keep your great tips in mind when searching for the perfect pediatric dentist to provide my daughter with great care.

  • Jenna Hunter says:

    I liked what you said about how a pediatric dentist should be able to find a way to calm kids down that are panicking. My sister has moved into a new area and needs to find a new dentist for her kids. She would love to find a professional to work with so that her kids are taken care of.

  • Safdar Ali says:

    Visiting a dentist regularly is one of the best ways to maintain proper oral health. Toothpaste also plays an important role in encouraging children to brush and take care of their teeth.

  • jack says:

    It was helpful when you mentioned that you should check how a dentist will calm down a dentist before you choose to hire them. I think that sounds like a great way to find one who will be good for your kids who are anxious at the dentist. My son is that way at the dentist, so it will be good for us to be able to find one who can calm him down. When we look for a dentist, I will be sure to consider how they calm down the other kids.

  • My friend has been trying to find a dentist for his kids for some time now. I really like that you say to look at the atmosphere and environment. It would be nice to know that your kids are going to be comfortable going there.

  • Vivian Black says:

    l love that you talked about keeping an eye on the atmosphere and environment and how the office itself should be designed with children in mind. My husband and I just moved with our two children and we need to find a new dentist for us to take the kids to. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

  • It really is important to make sure that you choose a pediatric dentist that is actually kid-friendly. As the article points out, one of the things you’ll want to look at is the waiting room. You’ll want to make sure that it is comforting and inviting for kids just in case they need to relieve their anxiety about seeing the dentist.

  • Kate Hansen says:

    I like how you suggested looking around the waiting room! My husband and I just recently moved to a new city a couple of weeks ago, and we need to find a pediatric dentist for our 6-year-old daughter because her tooth has been in a lot of pain for the past couple of days. I’ll make sure to keep this information in mind as I search for a dentist for my daughter!

  • I appreciate the idea of looking for how dentists and their staff handle kids that are acting up when we’re looking for one. My son can be difficult when he gets stressed, so we’re worried that taking him to the dentist might be difficult. We’ll have to look around and find a place that knows how to work with kids well.

  • Eli Mcmullen says:

    I found it helpful that you can determine if a dentist is suitable for children by checking to see if the tools used are the right size for kids. My daughter has been mentioning that her front tooth has been hurting ever since she bit into an apple last week, and I would like to ensure that her tooth is thoroughly fixed the first time. Maybe we should find a dentist that has experience working with children.

  • It’s so smart to take your kid in for a regular check-up because they’ll be able to get a good feel for it first. I want to be sure that my kid is comfortable at the dentist’s. Taking them in without having any work done is a good way to start that!

  • charles walk says:

    I think that it is going to be helpful for us to consider your tip to consider the tools that a dentist uses before we would choose to hire them. That sounds like the best way to find a dentist who will be the best option for our kids. We are looking for a new dentist because we recently moved to a new home, and it is going to be important for us to know that we could find one who we could trust. To be sure that we could find the right one, I will consider the tools that they use.

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