How to find a family dentist
A good family dental group will have worked with adults and kids, including very young children. You should search for a family dentist who can understand and respond to your family's various needs, such as losing those first teeth, fluoride needs, and even tooth whitening for the adults.
Consider the following as you are looking for a family dental group:
- List the needs of your family members. Will one child need braces while another needs only a regular cleaning? Some dental groups have both a general dentist and orthodontist in the office.
- Does the group have a pediatric dentist on-site? Pediatric dentists treat young children, young patients with special needs or disabilities.
Experience and rapport are vital for a long-term relationship. Read the family dental practice's website to read biographies, specialties, and services offered. You can ask friends and family for recommendations and read reviews online.
You should be able to ask questions and bring up concerns to your dentist and dental hygienist, including asking for product recommendations, healthy snack ideas, and demonstrations of flossing skills. You should learn more about preventative oral care and teach your children proper oral care habits with help from the family dental group.
Aside from experience and rapport, there are some convenience factors to look for as well:
- Is the family dental group located close to home?
- Are you able to schedule appointments conveniently, and do they send reminders?
- What are the payment options available, including financing for procedures not covered by dental insurance?
- Is the dental team professional and caring with their patients?
You can search for dentists in your area through reputable sites like the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site. Don't be afraid to be picky about your dentist. A family dental group can provide dental care to your whole family throughout your children's lives.