How to choose the right dentist for your family

Choosing a family dentist shouldn’t be a daunting task, especially when you know exactly what you are looking for. Typically, a family dental practice accepts patients of all ages. Many clinics offer a range of services such as tooth cleaning, fillings, hygiene instruction, sedation therapy, and tooth restoration. Choosing the right dentist will build trust and feel like a comfortable routine to maintain healthy teeth. Children benefit from seeing a regular family dentist because it teaches them the importance of good oral health that can last a lifetime. Here are 8 things to look for in a family dental clinic:

  1. Good rapport
    There is no substitute for an experienced dentist. Great dentists care about their clients and it shows from the way they explain procedures to just general conversations. No one wants to be rushed, made to feel uncomfortable or spend time with an impatient dentist or dental technician. Furthermore, a good dental practice will inform you of potential problems and the best treatment options by keeping you informed.
  2. Special needs and considerations
    If someone in your family has a disability or other needs it’s important to find a dentist that is able to accommodate these needs respectfully and with compassion. During dental visits, it’s important that all staff help their patients feel as comfortable as possible.
  3. A Convenient location
    We are all very busy so it’s important to find a clinic that is easy to get to. In the case of emergencies, knowing that your dentist is close by can put your mind at ease.
  4. Flexible hours
    It’s essential that the clinic you choose have hours that work well with your schedule. Some clinics have early appointments available before your workday and school day starts. Additionally, many dental offices have evening appointments to work around those really tight schedules.
  5. Emergency hours
    If an emergency happens, it’s comforting to know that there is a number to call and services available that you can address any issues that happen.
  6. Types of available services
    A well-rounded office that suits all the needs of all your family is very desirable when choosing a dentist. Look for a clinic that offers services such as fillings, sedation therapy, dental education, gum disease treatments, periodontal care, restoration services, dental implants, tooth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and services for your children.
  7. Easy billing
    No one likes a hassle once the appointment is over. Make sure they have a billing system that works for your insurance, easy payment and payment plans for larger more expensive services.
  8. Kid friendly
    It’s important to have an environment that your children feel comfortable being in during appointments. Are there lots of spaces to sit in the waiting room, books, magazines, a Playstation, comforting music, TV’s, or even a fish tank in the clinic? Kids gravitate towards what is familiar so make sure it is welcoming to your children to help with many happy returns.
Have a look at as many dental clinic websites in your area as you can to find out more about what they offer to their patients. Word of mouth is another good thing to consider. And lastly, asking for a dental tour or consultation may help with your final decision.