Have you ever taken your children to the dentist, and they whimpered all the way home? Have your kids developed an irrational fear of your doctor and will go to great lengths in order to avoid going for appointments? You need to find a family dentist who resonates well with your children. This is a mountain of a task, since most dentists instill fear in a patient, once they put on that mask. However, there are dentists who are good at making you feel at ease, and you actually get surprised when you do not feel that much pain ensuring the whole operation. So how do you know that a dentist will be good for your family?
Look for qualities that you admire
The qualities of the dental office will tell you whether the dentist is a good one or not. A good dentist will go a long way to ensure that pain is the last thought on your mind. The dentists will have provided ways in which to keep the mind occupied, such as entertainment for children, and interesting reading material for the adults. The dentist should also instill the proper dental hygiene practices I the children. They need to know that if they do not, then they will have to come back and face that big metal needle. The dentist and staff should be well trained on handling children. They should know how to give this information to children. The dentist should also know how to keep appointment times. A good family dentist knows how long a procedure will last and he knows that you do not want to wait for long, so he will calculate his time properly, ensuring that you arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the patient ahead of you leaves.
Look for qualities that you children will be drawn to
It is important that the dentists keep the place interesting for the children. The staff should know how to field curious questions. The dentists should have dental supplies that are flavored so that the children can enjoy the process even though uncomfortable. The children will always remember how much fun they had when they were at a particular dentist, and getting them to another appointment will not be too difficult. The dentist should also tell the child that the whiny grill is some form of novelty tool from the future so the children do not fear it.
Sometimes your child may develop a toothache in the middle of the night. Unlike adults, who may brave the pain till the next morning, a child will scream the whole house down. The dentists should be prepared to deal with such emergencies. Sometimes an accident can happen when a child is playing with friends, and the dentist should find time to come and treat the child. Before you decide on the dentist to use, you should examine their policy on emergence dental calls. Good sense dictates that you should research the dentist well before you commit your family into his care.
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Dr Phillip Greer