August 7, 2018
When you have children, it’s understandable that you only want the best when it comes to their health. Therefore, you probably already have a pediatrician that you visit every so often to monitor your child’s early developments. But when it comes to oral health, you still need to find someone that meets your standards. It’s important to choose a dentist that communicates well with children and has the right expertise, but how does that translate into dentistry?
When choosing a pediatric dentist in Birmingham, consider these tips before making a final decision.
Start a Credible Search
Contact those closest to you, whether they be family members or friends with children of their own, and ask them about their experiences with their pediatric dentist. Since they’ve already visited, they’ve already done most of the work when it comes to knowing how the practice behaves, what services they’ve utilized, and the dentist’s overall expertise in the field of pediatric dentistry.
Another great way to learn about a pediatric practice is to visit their website. These sites often go into detail on the dentist’s education and membership to relevant organizations. Remember, pediatric dentists must undergo an additional two to three years of training in addition to their dental school education. If you want a dentist who’s gone above and beyond the minimum requirements, see if they’re board-certified with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. This proves their dedication to providing the most updated information and expertise possible in the pediatric field.
Visit the Practice in Person
While reviews from those closest to you and online can help create a clearer picture, there’s nothing like visiting the practice yourself for a consultation. Make sure to bring your child as well so they can experience the feel of the office as well. Pediatric dentists want parents to come visit so they can make them and their children feel more comfortable before any exam or cleaning even happens.
During your visit, ask to see if they have technology that you know your child will need. This could be sedation techniques that not all pediatric dentists are trained in, including hospital sedation. Ask if they cater to children with special needs.
Look for Red Flags
Catching red flags early is the best way to prevent dealing with a bad dentist. If you notice any of the following warning signs, go to the next dentist on your list.
- The dentist keeps pushing upsells of their in-office products, even after you’ve noted zero interest.
- They push treatments that your child doesn’t need (i.e. baby root canals, excessive X-rays, etc.)
- The dentist refuses to let you sit with your child during treatment
- You notice boards designed to restrain children receiving treatment in the practice
Schedule Your First Appointment
After you and your child have met the dentist, schedule your first appointment to see how it goes! Depending on your child’s age, the initial visit will focus more on important information for at-home care and future treatments to consider. Schedule a visit today to keep your child’s oral health in check!
About the Author
Dr. Angelica R. Rohner is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. During her residency, she completed a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Medicine at the UAB Sparks Center to serve patients with special needs. To learn more about her practice or schedule a consultation, you can contact her through her website.
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