Top Reasons to Use a Family Dentist for Your Child
You take your child to the pediatrician so they have a doctor who specializes in the health of children, so it only makes sense that you should take them to a pediatric dentist, right? Maybe not! Having your family dentist treat your child actually has several benefits not only for your child, but for your family as a unit.
Perhaps the most important benefit is that you know you can trust your family dentist. You've probably been using the same one since before you had children, maybe even since you were a child yourself, so you know what to expect from him or her. Knowing that your child is seeing the same person you trust with your own teeth means peace of mind for you.
Beyond trust, it's also more convenient. Before you even schedule an appointment with a new person, you have to take time to do your research and verify their credentials. Then, when it's time for the family to make their routine treks to the dentist, it can be hard enough to ensure everyone has time off of work and can be absent from school. It will make things even more stressful if you don't all use the same dentist. When the entire family uses the same medical professional, it will be easier to schedule appointments together to prevent multiple trips and days away from work and school.
The family dentist might also be more affordable. You’ve built a relationship with him or her as a patient, and they likely respect it — otherwise, you wouldn’t still be a patient. A person who knows you and knows your family will be more likely to offer you affordable rates. Someone who has never worked with your family before might charge you much more than you expect since they don’t have any previous relationship built up with you.
If you have a child who is afraid of going to the dentist, as so many are, seeing the family dentist could ease his or her fears. Knowing that Mommy and Daddy are sitting in the same chair they will be sitting in, and seeingthat you aren’t in any distress will ease your child's mind and make it easier for them to sit still during their own checkup.
Taking your child to the dentist is important for a happy, healthy smile that lasts well into his adult life. To learn more about finding a family dentist in Soquel, visit this website.
Ron has years of experience in the dental world. You can find his thoughts at: Livejournal blog.
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