It is important to find a good professional for your child. An early experience with a good professional can lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Please follow the suggestions below to make this experience easier.
Many parents seem dumbfounded and ask neighbors or their pediatricians for recommendations—but do these people really know? A neighbor may be a good reference because of the experience his or her child had. Things to look for include:
• The office should be a cheerful and friendly place that will help reduce your child's fears.
• The office staff must be caring and personal.
• The dentist must have the personal time to answer your and your child's questions.
• The hygienist should be innovative and inspiring about hygiene home care lessons.
• Do not allow too many X rays, and make sure that you are aware of the treatment plan.
• If your child has decay on certain teeth, ask to see the X rays. If the dentist acts impatient about this request, then find another one!
• Ask for a fee schedule, so that there will not be any surprises thrown at you.
If the professional office you yourself visit sees children and you are confident in the staff, then use the office for your child. If you feel you would like a specialist (pedodontist), then remember you do not want an overly busy office that has little time for you and your child. Most children's dentists offices have a waiting room filled with toys. This can help relax your child—but it is more important that quality care be offered. Do your best to see that your child's happy and stress-free during visits. He or she should look forward to going to the dentist.
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Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.