What to Look for in a Family Dentist

If you have kids, it’s only natural to want to help them grow up strong and healthy. When it comes to dental health, it’s important to help your child start building good habits as early as possible and find the right family dentist to take care of their teeth.

Our team at the office of G.R. Sheumaker Jr., DDS has extensive experience working with children, and we know what qualities make someone right for the job. In this article, we’ll go over a few key things to look for when choosing a family dentist in order to make sure your children receive the best of care.

  • Experience Working with Kids – One of the most important qualifications for a family dentist to have is experience working with kids. Children aren’t yet fully capable of managing their fear and anxiety, which means you need a family dentist who can put them at ease. In addition, children are still growing, and their mouths and teeth will undergo significant changes as they mature—you need a dentist who knows what to look out for to make sure your child is set up for success when it comes to long-term dental health.
  • Great Rapport – Another thing to look for when choosing a family dentist is someone who can establish a great rapport with both you and your children. Your kids will be more motivated to practice good dental hygiene and will be calmer at the dentist’s office if they are being treated by someone they like.
  • Availability and Ease of Scheduling – A third thing to look for in a family dentist is flexibility and ease of scheduling. You lead a busy life, and you need a dentist who is available for appointments that fit your schedule. In addition, we recommend looking for an office that makes it easy to remember your kids’ appointments, and to reschedule them if necessary.