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Finding the best pediatric dentist for kids

Selecting the right dentist for your children can feel like an overwhelming task. Should you look for a dentist who only works with children? or a dentist with whom you have a trusted and respected relationship? Can a dentist who performs daily root canals and cosmetic dentistry procedures be gentle enough to make your child feel at ease? Do you want a big practice with many dentists or a more intimate practice where everyone knows your name?

Dr. Terry Vines of Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry has talked with many parents about their choice for a pediatric dentist. He offers the following tips to help patients with their search:

  • Start first with referrals. This is not the time to randomly select someone from the Yellow Pages. Instead ask your friends and family who they use and find out why.
  • Consider a family dentist instead of one that specializes in children. While it may be tempting to take your child to a practice that only treats children, there are some advantages to choosing a family practice. Convenience for scheduling can be a strong advantage as is knowing that all of your family records are under one roof. Further, when his parents have a good relationship with the dentist, the child is more likely to feel comfortable in the dental chair.
  • Make the first visit as comfortable as possible. Many dental practices will suggest that you bring your child with you to one of your dental checkups. This allows your child to see you sit in the big chair and go through a dental exam, just like he will. When you show your child that it’s not scary and that you like the dentist, he will be more likely to feel the same way. On the day of his first visit, explain the process to him, try to relax, and let the dental team take over.
  • Maintain a regular checkup schedule. Just like adults need to visit the dentist twice a year, the same schedule should be followed for children. Your child’s mouth can change dramatically in only six months. Keeping a consistent schedule of visits will help to ensure optimal dental health.

For more information about our pediatric dentistry services, call the Redlands-area Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry office today.

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