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How to Choose a Good Dentist for Your Kids

Choosing a dentist for yourself can be difficult enough, but choosing a dentist for your kids may seem even more difficult. Most parents want the best for their children, better even than they might expect for themselves, so there are many considerations to make in your child’s care. Your child’s health is of the utmost importance, and one of the first important considerations to make is what dentist your child will see to ensure they maintain healthy oral hygiene. Let’s discuss some considerations to make when making this determination for your child or children.

Office Hours

children's family dentist santa anaIn this day and age, a lot of us have busy schedules. It’s important to choose a dentist that will work with your hours of availability in visiting the office with your child. If your child attends school, it’s important to understand that unless you can arrange an after school visitation, your child will have to miss school for a dentist appointment. Furthermore, if you can only get your child and yourself into the office on the weekend, it’s important to ensure the office you choose has convenient weekend hours.

Location

No one wants to travel far to see the dentist. This situation is no better when you or your child need a procedure done that may require oral surgery and a quick trip home could be something very convenient for you. Even if you are only expecting a routine six month checkup, it’s still important to locate a dentist close to you so the checkup is as convenient as possible. If any follow up visits are required, it’s better to not have to travel far for each additional visit. Convenience is a key factor and location is a very important convenience factor.

Education and Professionalism

It’s important to consider your potential dentist’s education and training in their field. Not all dentists carry the same education from the same schools, so it’s important to consider where your dentist was educated. It’s important to consider both the degree they’ve obtained as well as the reputation of the school where they obtained their degree.

Reputation

What kind of reputation does your potential dentist have? This is an important question to ask, especially when it comes to the dental care of your children. Your children deserve the best, and it’s important to consider a dentist’s reputation not just with adults, but with children as well. While some dentists may offer children’s dentistry, not all dentists are good at interacting with children. It’s important to consider your dentists reputation in taking care of children professionally and leaving them as comfortable as possible about future dental appointments.

Office Cleanliness

No one wants to visit a dentist office that isn’t kept clean and orderly. Not only is this an indicator of the type of professionalism you can expect from the dentist, but also the attention to detail that is taken when it comes to ensuring procedures are done with such basic accommodations as clean instruments and working equipment. From the waiting room to the patient room, you should find cleanliness and orderliness all throughout. You deserve the best, and so does your child.

Insurance and Cost

What insurance does your dentist accept, and are all fees and payment plan information provided up front prior to the visit? These are all important things to consider when visiting your dentist. A professional dentist is worth paying a little extra, but it’s important to know what kind of payment plans can be established prior to visitation to ensure your child’s care is covered completely. Your dentist should be able to discuss these matters with you. Understand that a routine checkup will obviously have a set cost, but if additional procedures are needed to fix a problem your child may have, there could be additional fees. This is why knowing what insurance coverage is accepted is an important consideration to make.

Emergency Services

If there is an emergency with yourself or your child outside of regular office hours, what arrangements can be made to be treated for any dental emergencies that may arise? Most professional dentists make arrangements with a colleague or emergency referral service if they are unable to tend to any dental emergency for any reason. Be sure to ask your potential dentist about their plan for emergency services. It may not seem like an important consideration to make if your child just needs a routine checkup, but if there is a need for additional dental care or surgery, knowing where to go if there is an emergency is important. In general, a dental emergency could happen at any time. Having the peace of mind knowing that your child will be covered in the event of an emergency is a very important factor to consider in choosing a dentist that will provide for the health and well being of your child.

Where to Find a Children’s Dentist

City Dental Centers is proud to offer children’s dentistry and we skillfully attend to all of the needs mentioned in this article. We service patients all throughout Southern California and offer convenient office hours for our patients. All of our dentists are professionally trained and certified from professional schools and our reputation speaks strongly of our attention to care in general dentistry, children’s dentistry, specialty dentistry, and others. We maintain a clean and orderly office, work with our customer’s financial needs, and offer emergency services as well.

We would love to schedule a visit with you and your children as soon as possible. To contact us, call 1-888-553-7775. You can also visit our locations page to find one of our dentist offices nearest you and dial that specific office.

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