Many people often wonder when they should start looking for a dentist for their child. You probably think that this is a very simple task, but unfortunatel…
Many people often wonder when they should start looking for a dentist for their child. You probably think that this is a very simple task, but unfortunately some insurance plan’s can make this a very difficult task. Make sure that you check your insurance plan to see if they have a list of dentist that you have to choose from. Some insurance plans even require you to get a referral for a pediatric dentist from your primary dentist that you have selected on your plan. When it comes to finding a pediatric dentist the first thing that you need to do is talk to your child’s pediatrician.
They will be able to tell you when to start taking your child to the dentist (usually after they have gotten at least two to three teeth) and they may be able to recommend a dentist to you. Of course you don’t want to base your decision solely on what your doctor says; you should also try to find out if anyone you know uses that dentist so that you could perhaps get their opinion.
I would highly recommend that the dentist you choose be a member of the American Dental Association. Not all dentists are member s of the American Dental Association, but you may want to consider going with one anyone. This is in no way insinuating that a dentist who is not a member of the American Dental Association is a bad dentist, it just means that they may not have all of the resources that the other dentists have. You should never just open up the telephone book and pick a pediatric dentist that way. Remember that when it comes to taking your child to the dentist for the first time you really want to make it a good experience, not a bad one. If however you do decide to look through the phone book, you should make sure that you do your research on the doctor.
Try to see if they have any complaints filed against them. Another suggestion is to ask some of the other parents in your area. Many parents belong to some type of parents group, or visit the playground on a regular basis. They may be able to help you in your final decision. Keep in mind that if your child does not seem comfortable with this particular dentist on their first visit then you may have to choose another one. You may want to wait until at least the first two to three appointments before you change your mind. In some cases it does take children some time to adjust to something new.