Healthcare practitioners come in all shapes and sizes. When looking for a family dentist it’s important to choose a dentist that fits your needs and the needs of your family members.
But what makes a good family dentist? Here are some top tips on finding the right dentist for your family:
Most dentists can and will treat children, however, that does not mean that all dentists are equipped to make a child feel comfortable and relaxed during their appointment. Child friendly family dentists have extensive experience treating children. You’ll notice toys in the waiting room, gentle and patient staff who don’t rush your child, and a bright welcoming office.
When determining who you will designate as your family dentist, it is important to ensure that the practice fees are affordable. Be sure to check what a standard consultation costs, as well as other specialist appointments. Similarly, it is entirely appropriate to ask for estimates on the cost of scans and x-rays, should they be needed in future. Furthermore, it is important to check the dentist’s open hours and after-hours or emergency protocol. Most dentists have referral agreements with after-hours agencies.
When deciding upon a family dentist it is important to ensure that the dentist offers services needed by all family members. While it is important to ensure that your child’s needs are met, it is equally important to ensure that older family members can get comprehensive dental treatment as well.
Referral to Specialists
As children grow their teeth and jaw change. As some children develop they will require orthodontic intervention. It is important that your family dentist has a resident orthodontist or has an excellent point of referral to an orthodontist. Collaboration between the family dentist and your child’s orthodontist ensures a smooth process for all involved.
If you are interested in learning more about family dental services or you would like to make Healthy Teeth Dental your family dentist, contact our friendly team today!