It's universal that kids don't like going to the dentist. Many are even terrified of going. Maybe your child had a bad dental experience in the past, or maybe they just don't like strangers looking into their mouth. With the right dentist, your child's dental appointments don't have to be a struggle. Here are some tips to finding the best fit for your family.

Look at the Website

A dentist's website is a good way to determine how they view themselves as dentists. Look for websites with happy colors and images of smiling children—this shows that they think of themselves are friendly and great with kids.
A great pediatric dentist will even have a "kid zone" on their site, which will be free of scary images and might even include links to games and motivational charts. Let your child browse through the site so they can see that going to the dentist isn't all that bad.

Find a Pediatric Dentist

A pediatric dentist is someone who either works exclusively with children or specializes in child dentistry. Dentists from places like Pedodontic Associates Inc. are specifically trained to handle children. Because children tend to be anxious around doctors and dentists, the right tableside manner is everything.

Arrange an Initial Meeting

A pediatric dentist will usually allow you to schedule a meeting where you and your child can just sit down and talk. While you're at the office, make sure to look for the telltale signs of a great family practice.
Every member of the staff of the office should smile and greet your child, not just you. You should see children's toys and books in the waiting room and kid-friendly images on the walls. Let your child talk to the dentist and ask questions. If you both leave happy, the first time you have a real appointment will be so much better.

Develop a Relationship

Kids do better with dentists that they know and trust. According to the Journal of Family Practice, patients who trust their doctors are more likely to cooperate and accept medical care. If your child has a chance to get used to the same dentist through their years growing up, they'll feel safer each time they come back.
It's no fun to see your child scared and screaming in the dentist chair. Choosing the right dentist will lead to better dental hygiene and less stress now and in the future.

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