Can you remember the moment when you looked down at your baby, and realised that their first tooth had come through? It’s a real milestone for both you and your child, and from that moment onwards you have an upward battle before you to make sure that they look after their teeth! Baby teeth will obviously fall out as they get a bit older, but when their adult teeth come through you’ll need to find a dentist that you are comfortable with, so that you and they can help raise your child to appreciate the teeth that they have – and look after them properly! So how do you go about picking the perfect local dentist for your child?
Well, first of all you need to think of the practicalities. Where do you live, and where are the closes dentist surgeries to you? In the unlikely case of a dental emergency, you do not want to have to travel too far in order for your child to get the medical care that they require, and so it may be best to start looking nearby. Of course it is unlikely that you will be able to find one that is within walking distance, but even a twenty minute drive is going to be better than an hour look sit in traffic.
Secondly, you should have a talk with the dentist, and find out what their experience is with young children. You will find that some dentists specialise in the very young, or the very old, or neither, and they do not always talk about it upfront unless someone asks. You need to be that someone! You’ll quickly be able to see whether they have a rapport with children in general, and at that point it would be a good idea for you to bring your child in, and see how they interact. You’ll be able to tell in minutes whether the dentist that you are with is a good fit.
Thirdly, your approach to dentistry needs to be considered. Many people are now seeing holistic dentists, which are dentists with traditional training and then a second lot of training in holistic medicine on top of that. Holistic dentists focus on treating their patients as wholes, rather than ignoring anything below the neck, and they always ensure that they never use any chemicals or toxins that should not be going anywhere near the body, like mercury fillings. Traditional dentists will often still use them, and although it is very unlikely that your little one will need a filling, it demonstrates an attitude that you may want to consider.
Dr Paige Woods, dentist and dental practice owner in San Diego, knows just how important it is for parents to feel confident that their children are being cared for and looked after, especially in the early years when attitudes to brushing your teeth are being formed. She works hard with the parents who come to her to get to know the child as an individual, as that makes it much easier for the child to relax in her presence. For her, a patient is for life, and she wants to see them with excellent and healthy teeth for the next thirty years, and more!
When you find a dentist that you can feel totally relaxed with, who understands your child and what your child needs to hear during an appointment, and who you know would never take a risk with your child’s health by using a registered toxin in their treatment plan, then that is the dentist for you.Looking for a dentist for your child in San Diego? Visit www.paigewoods.com