If you’re in the market for a family dentist for you, your partner, and the kiddos the process of finding the right one is not something to take lightly. Obviously you need to find one that does a solid job or taking care of your family’s oral health, but also one that you feel comfortable visiting.
As your annual or biannual appointment looms nearer, you shouldn’t feel dread about a trip to the dentist – neither should your kids. Instead you should feel excited about getting your pearly whites nice and clean and checking the appointment off of your to-do list.
No matter how doubtful you are, this is doable if you think about these 4 factors involved in finding the right family dentist before choosing one.
Good customer reviews and patient feedback
One of the easiest ways to find the right dentist is to read what other people have to say. You can find so much information on the internet these days about, well, anything. Dental services is no exception, so hop on your computer to start reading customer reviews and patient feedback.
You can get a good idea of the dental facility and licensed professionals from Yelp. The feedback on here is generally honest and thorough, but don’t just read one review and think you have all the necessary info. Find a dentist near you that has LOTS of reviews singing their praises.
Services offered by the facility
Obviously you’ll want to find a dental facility that offers routine cleanings since this is why 90% of patients make an appointment. But plan ahead – even though you hope nothing goes wrong with you or your children’s oral health, find a dentist that can cater to a number of problems. Always be sure that the professionals at the facility – both the dentist and the hygienists – have proper licensure and have been well-trained in what they do.
Gentle teeth cleaning for the kids
Nobody likes leaving their routine cleaning with a sore mouth and bleeding gums. Some dental hygienists are rougher than others, seeming to take it out on your teeth and gums as they clean. Maybe this is okay for you as an adult (but likely, it is not) but this certainly won’t be ideal for your kids. Find a dentist and hygienist that is gentle during the teeth cleaning process.
You can find this out by making an appointment for yourself or reading up on reviews. If you read a review about a particularly rough hygienist at a certain facility, ask the receptionist when you make your appointment that you wish not to be treated by that person.
Friendly atmosphere for the entire family
More and more dental facilities are aiming for a spa-like experience. This is wonderful and might even make you feel excited for each routine cleaning… but how will the kids feel? Maybe you want your trip to the dentist to feel relaxing, soothing, and you love being greeted with free coffee and tea. Just keep in mind that you also need to cater to the kids’ experience and find a clinic that is child-friendly.
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