Brunette girl smiles while sitting in the dentist chair at her pediatric dentist in Lytle, TX

Tips for Finding the Right Pediatric Dentist

August 31, 2020 3:39 pm

Did you know that your child should have their first dental visit within six months of getting their first tooth or by their first birthday, followed by biannual checkups? At-home brushing and flossing should begin around this time too. After all, how you and your child care for their first set of teeth can either provide them with a strong foundation for a lifetime of good oral health or set the stage for recurring issues.

One of your first steps in caring for your child’s smile is to find the right dentist! It may feel like a difficult task, but these tips will help you choose a Lytle dentist for your child that you can rely upon throughout their childhood.

  1. Do Your Research
  2. Pediatric dentists have received specialized training and advanced education to treat children of all ages. In addition to four years of college and four years of dental school, pediatric dentists complete an additional residency program specifically focused on the dental needs of infants, kids, teens, and children with special needs. This means that pediatric dentists are uniquely qualified to understand your child’s oral health needs as they grow up. General dentists that limit their practice to children are also uniquely qualified to care for your child because they have extensive experience working with children.

  3. Meet the Team
  4. In addition to providing quality dental care, children’s dentists put special emphasis on working with younger patients. For example, our team is trained on child behavior and best practices for working with kids–especially those who might be a little more anxious when it comes to visiting the dentist. As you work on finding the right dentist for your child, don’t be afraid to ask to meet the team and see for yourself!

  5. Experience the Office
  6. Office environment and patient amenities are also important factors when it comes to selecting a dentist for your child. You want to find an office that is comfortable and welcoming so your child will feel at ease during their appointments. When you walk into a child-centric dentist’s office, you should feel the positive atmosphere right away.

At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we would be thrilled to be your child’s dentist in Lytle, TX. To ask our team any questions about our services or to schedule your child’s first appointment, contact our office today!

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