Dental Care

Viewmount Dental’s Guide To Choosing a Family Dentist

4:14:00 AM John Evans 0 Comments

When it comes time to choose a dentist for your family, it is more important than ever to make the right decision.  You need to find someone that is caring as well as professional so that the young ones feel comfortable.  The search is not always easy but there are some ways you can help ensure your choice is a good one.

Normally a family dentist is a general dentistry practitioner that accepts patients in a range of ages.  The services offered need to meet adult needs as well so that you can visit the dentist as a family in order to soothe your kids and make the experience a positive one.  It is extremely important to get your kids started at the dentist early on in their life so that their teeth are taken care of right from the beginning.  This way problem can be mitigated and addressed as the mouth and teeth are still growing as well as ensure that your child gets acclimated to the procedures.  Build a pattern of good oral hygiene early and you will enjoy a brighter smile for life.

Training for family dentistry

Treating a child is not the same as treating an adult.  For adults it’s easy because they can be reasoned with and generally have control of themselves.  When dealing with kids on the other hand, dentistry training may not be enough and your dentist needs to be experienced in childcare as well.  Of course you’ll want a dentist with up to date training and a full certification as well.  Ask any potential dentist candidate about their training and if they have done any extra courses to help them be more well rounded in their field.  This could include behavioral courses, bedside manner training or other more technical knowledge.

Look for experience

Question your dentist about his or her track record and how long they have been practicing.  Also find out which procedures they are most comfortable with and see if they align with your needs.  

Available services

The last thing you want in a family dentist is lack of services.  You don’t want to have to change dentists or be required to visit another clinic for portions of your treatment.  This causes added stress for yourself and younger patients.  It is best if your dentist can provide all general dentistry services as well as sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and restoration procedures.  You never know what your needs will be so make sure you choose a full service dental clinic.

The atmosphere

One of the most important aspects but also one of the most overlooked is the atmosphere inside the clinic.  This is especially important if you plan to take you kids as they are often much more susceptible to positive and negative atmospheres.  To make sure you are happy with the clinic it is always a good idea to personally visit the clinic and speak to the dentist directly before becoming a patient.  The staff and dentists need to be friendly, concerned for your health and safety as well as good with kids making them feel comfortable.  With a minimum of two dental check ups on the horizon every year you might be seeing a lot of this place so make sure it is somewhere you can enjoy visiting.

We hope this guide has been informative for you and will aid you in your search for the perfect family dentist.  Our staff and dentists at View mount Dental are experts not only in caring for your smile but making sure that you use it while at the clinic.  Check out our website at for more information about all things dental.

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