The way your child sees their trips to the dentist can make a huge difference in not only how they react when you tell them it’s time for a dental checkup, but also how they react when they hear the word “dentist” as an adult. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure that you find a family dental care provider that offers a good experience for both you and your child.
Finding a Great Dentist
The first thing you’ll want to consider when looking for an excellent family dental care provider is how to actually find a great dentist. You may consider simply searching online for the closest dentist available, but you may find that this dentist isn’t up to your standards.
Instead, you should consider word of mouth- talk to other parents that have a dentist that their children love. Then follow up search online for dentists with excellent reviews. If you find a dental office with a high rating and a lot of raving reviews, you may have found the right dentist.
If you have dental insurance through a major insurance provider, it’s likely that your dentist will be able to accept payment from your insurance. However you may need to check ahead of time which dentist in your area are in network, to ensure you are paying less—if anything at all.
Trying a Dentist Out
Simply going off of reviews isn’t enough to ensure that you’ve found your new family dental care provider. Instead, you’ll actually want to set an appointment, and see how the entire process goes.
You may call the dentist’s office, only to find that their secretary is rude or unhelpful. This may turn you off from the office entirely. You may also decide to go to the office, only to find that it isn’t well taken care of, or warm and inviting.
The real test, though, is to see how your child reacts to the dentist and staff. If you find that the dentist is great with your kid and/or kids and your child/children really likes them, you may have found the right dentist!
Finally, you’ll need to see what level of service you can expect from the practice. After all, having a friendly dentist doesn’t mean a whole lot if you leave the office and the dentist missed a couple of your child’s cavities.
Evaluating Your Overall Experience
Once you’ve gone through the process of trying a new family dental care provider, take a step back and evaluate the experience overall. Consider how your interactions went with the dentist’s staff, the quality of their office, if they take your insurance, how friendly the dentist was and how high the quality of the actual dental care was.
If you find that the dentist meets all or at least most of this criteria, and you feel comfortable coming back to them again for the next trip to the dentist, you may have found the right family dental care provider for your child, and your family overall.
Dr. Christopher Baer would be happy to explain in greater detail the benefits of family dentistry. Contact him today at (303)557-6453.
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