I admit that I am not a big fan of the dentist. Unfortunately I was in contact with some less than stellar dentists when I was a kid and that fear has stuck with me ever since. I am trying hard not to let my own anxiety interfere with my kids’ relationships with their dentist and I am thankful that, so far, none of my children have expressed or shown any fears or anxieties of their own.
We all know that oral health is a large part of our overall health and having access to dental care is important. Finding the right dentist for your child is key. The right dentist will take the time to answer your questions, address your fears, be up to date on the latest research, and know how to help keep your kids at ease.
The dentist chair is intimidating any way you look at it. (Those tools!) It’s important to find a dentist who knows how to put those little ones at ease. (And the parents too.) When you are looking for the right dentist for you and your family, there are a few questions you should be sure to ask the dentist. It will help you understand their outlook on dental care, it will provide you with great information on how to best manage your kids’ oral health at home, and what things you should avoid.
ChauLong Nguyen DDS, MAGD, a general dentist at the Menolo Park Dental Excellence in Menolo Park, California has been practicing dentistry for over 10 years and offers some important questions to ask your child’s dentist. These questions will help you decide if the dentist and practice is the best fit and how you can be an active participant in your kids’ oral health.
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