What to look for in a family dentist

Are you looking for a dentist who can protect the oral health of your whole family? The right family dentist can look after the teeth of both adults and children, letting every member of the family enjoy good dental health. Here are five things to check for when looking for high-quality family dentistry in your local area.

  1. Experience in providing family dentistry

The best family dentists have years of experience in caring for children and adults. Check the website of the dentist or ask about their experience to find out whether they have the track record you expect. Children’s dental needs can be quite different from those of adults, so check that the dentist has some experience with providing dentistry to all members of the family.

  1. Patience and Sedation facilities

It can be really difficult to establish a bond between a dentist and child which is necessary to overcome fear and anxiety. Make sure that the dentist you choose for your family is not hurried and can listen and establish a rapport with your child. Some longer proceedures can be tedious even for the most patient dentist and young person. Nitrous Oxide sedation can make those longer treatments seem to zoom by quickly for them and should be provided as an essential option for even routine family dental care.

  1. Reasonable prices

Before you register with a dental practice, find out how much treatment will cost. This will allow you to compare prices and work out how much you need to budget for family dentistry.

  1. A welcoming environment

Dental checkups can be scary for children. Minimise their fear by choosing a dental office that has a welcoming environment and a comfortable, child-friendly waiting area. Some family dentists provide toys or books to keep children entertained while they wait to see the dentist.

  1. Recommendations from other families

The best family dentists receive good reviews from their patients. Search online for reviews of the dentists in your area or ask other parents for recommendations. Learning about other patients’ experiences can help you decide whether a dentist is right for your family.

We welcome families into our practice, and we look forward to assisting you and your family with your dental needs. Call our friendly reception staff today to book an appointment.