Getting your kids to take proper care of their teeth can be a struggle. But, it is very worthwhile. Children who learn good oral hygiene, from an early age, have far healthier teeth and keep them for longer as adults.
So, choosing a good dentist for your kids is a priority. It does not matter if you are looking for a dentist in Weybridge or Watford you need to find one that offers the highest standard of care. Here are my tips to help you to do that.
Experience with kids
Most dentists have experience of dealing with kids. But, if you have one in your area who specializes in doing so, signing up with them is usually a good idea. The fact that they see children every day, all day, definitely gives them an edge when dealing with young patients.
It is important to check out their reputation. Talking to other parents is a particularly good way to glean this type of information. Online reviews can also sometimes be helpful.
Speaking to members of staff is also a good way to get a sense for how good they are. If things seem chaotic, when you go in, or it is difficult to get full answers to your questions, you are usually better off trying another practice.
The range of services they have on offer
You need to be with a dental clinic that is well-equipped and is clearly working to offer a modern service. When you choose a dentist like this, regardless of what your kids’ dental needs are they should be able to handle it. This is particularly important if there is a history of oral health issues in your family.
How easy it is to get to the clinic
You also need to look at practicalities like how easy it is to get to your dentist’s office. If you have two or three kids you will have to go there multiple times throughout the year, especially if they need fillings, extractions or their teeth need to be straightened. So, you want to choose somewhere that is easy to get to.
Occasionally, you will not be able to get an appointment outside of school hours. As a result, you need to think about how easy it is to get to the clinic from the schools your children are likely to attend. Choosing one that is relatively close will ensure your kids do not miss out on too many classes and that you won’t be taking as much time off work.
Make sure that they are qualified
As a final check, go here and make sure that they are properly qualified. To operate legally, in the UK, every dentist needs to register with the General Dental Council (GDC). It is unlikely that someone who is not qualified will go to all of the expense of setting up a dental clinic. But, it is not outside of the realms of possibility. So, it is worth being 100% safe and spending a few minutes checking the GDC registry.