Whether the family dentist you had come to love and trust is retiring or your family is moving to a new area, you’ll need to begin the long, potentially frustrating task of finding a new dentist for your family. Maestro Smiles
Now matter where you live, chances are there are multiple family dentists around.
What are the characteristics of a great family dentist you should be looking for?
You don’t want to be driving clear across town for a dentist appointment, especially when your family has multiple appointments on the same day, hours apart.
-Availability of Services
Can you and your spouse get your dental treatments done at the same office as your children? Is the dentist a true family dentist or does he or she only practice pediatric dentistry? While adults and child have the same basic oral care, but the dental needs of adults can be different than those of children. Children, for instance might need sealants while adults may need teeth implants.
You’re a busy parent and you likely don’t have the time going to multiple dental offices to have the adults in your family treated in one place and your children in another. A dentist that offers a comprehensive list of services that meet both adult and children dental needs will save you time, gas money and headaches when trying to coordinate appointments.
-Level of Pediatric Dentistry Experience
Some general practice dentist will label themselves as family dentist for the sole purpose of getting business and being more profitable. Their experience in interacting with and treating young patients may be limited.
Pediatric dentistry alters and adapts the procedures of general dentistry for adults to make them safer and more comfortable for children. Specialized training and experience in child sedation, orthodontics, oral medicine, child anesthesia, child oral trauma and infant oral health are common among quality family and pediatric dentists.
-A Kid-Friendly Office Environment
Let’s be honest. Most kids dread going to the dentist. It is scary and boring at the same time. Well-run family dentist offices will have friendly, energetic, supporting, interactive staff members as well as have fun child-friendly décor and furniture. Some may also have toys and/or a TV in the waiting room to keep kids occupied and entertained.
There’s nothing more frustrating than finally finding who you think is the perfect family dentist only to have their office be closed on the only day or time of day that works for your family’s schedule.