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How to Find the Best Pediatric Dentist

March 19, 2019 Lacy Hornsby

Being a parent is hard. Dealing with kids is exhausting, especially if you have to take them to the dreaded dentist. Luckily, it’s really easy to find the best pediatric dentist to calm your kids’ fears.

What’s the Difference Between Pediatric and Adult Dentists?

All dentists are taught and trained in dental school to treat both children’s and adult teeth. Pediatric dentists specialize in the oral health of infants, children, adolescents, and teens. These dentists have special training to handle behavioral problems in child patients and special needs children.

A general dentist that treats both adults and kids typically has a bland, neutral waiting room. The best pediatric dentists build their entire practice around making children feel safe and welcome. They have dental-themed toys and books in the waiting room. Their decor is bright and welcoming. Most importantly, the dentist and their staff have a genuine knack for helping children get over their fear of going to the dentist.

Tips For Finding the Best Pediatric Dentist

Whether you are new to an area or just looking to schedule your child’s first dental visit, finding a children’s dentist can be stressful if you don’t have the right strategy. Here are some tips to help you out.

#1 Ask Other Parents for Recommendations

Word-of-mouth is always the best source for recommendations. Ask your friends or family members who have young children to learn about their kid’s dentist. If you are new to the San Diego area, it can be a little trickier. Join the PTA at your child’s school or a local mommy group on Facebook to see who they think the best pediatric dentist in San Diego is. Ask them what they like and what they don’t like about their current dentist.

These parents will be the most honest about the dentistry than a direct phone call or website reviews. Seek the advice of other parents and asking questions toward the comfort of the office and atmosphere of dentistry

#2 Read Online Reviews

There are many sites out there such as Yelp that are good sources for reviews. However, do not believe every review you read as a few reviews may be fake! Be safe and try to find an honest opinion through contacting the reviewer or using other methods.

Keep in mind that, in general, people are more inspired to leave a bad review after a negative experience over a good review after a positive experience. Make a note of anything you see in a negative review, and then give the dentist a call to ask them about it directly.

#3 Visit a Local Dental School

If there’s a dental school nearby, call or stop by to ask for recommendations. Another option is to simply take your child to the dental school for their appointments. Children are seen by students and interns but are trained and closely supervised by dentist professionals. A younger dentist is a lot better than an older person whose skills may be stale. Dental schools also provide the same services and often at a much lower cost. 

#4 Look for Certification and Qualifications

Pediatric dentists must have a medical degree and pediatric certifications to help in this area of dentistry. Pediatric dentists learn different procedures and techniques to help all kinds of kids. 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is a great website where you can find local pediatric dentists who are certified by the AAPD. 

You can also use this site to verify any recommendations you receive from outside sources, such as other parents and online reviews.

Pediatric dentists need to be trained, certified, and caring to keep your children safe. By following these tips for finding the best pediatric dentist, your kids’ fears will soon diminish afterward and, you, the parent, can enjoy watching them have a beautiful white smile again.

Dr. Roya Sadrian is a board-certified pediatric dentist, and she is considered by many to be one of the best pediatric dentists in San Diego. She has a chair-side manner that will make your child love coming to the dentist!

If you have any questions about finding a children’s dentist for a general cleaning or specialized procedures, leave a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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17 thoughts on “How to Find the Best Pediatric Dentist”

  1. My child’s dentist’s office just recently closed down, so now I am on the hunt for a new dentist. I want a good pediatric dentist that my child will be comfortable with. I started doing some research to find other dentists around me. I found out that there is a dental school close by. I decided to go there and ask them for some recommendations. They gave me two, so I decided to research them. They have lots of great reviews. I decided to start taking my child there to test it out for myself. This dentist office is even better than the one I took my child to before. They are so friendly and have done a great job with my child. I highly recommend anyone in the search for a new dentist, to do some research and ask for recommendations.

  2. I am a new parent and I was trying to find the best pediatric dentist for my child. I did some research and found lots of different dentist offices. I read through reviews on each of them to find the right dentist for my child. I found which dentist has better reviews, but I wanted more confirmation. So, I decided to ask other moms for recommendations. With both my research and the recommendations from other moms, I finally found the pediatric dentist for my child. I highly recommend any new parent do some research to find the right dentist for their child. It is so important to have a good dentist, as well as a friendly one. This article also has other options for how to find the best dentist for your child.

  3. It can be very hard to find a good dentist to take your child to. I have struggled with this for a while. I did lots of research to find the perfect dentist to take my children to. I found lots of great reviews for a few of my local dentist offices. I also decided it would be a good idea to ask around for some recommendations. I asked around and those recommendations matched up with the good reviews I read online. I started taking my children to the highest-ranked dentist near me and they love it. It was a great choice. If you need a pediatric dentist and you don’t know where to go, I suggest doing some research and even ask around for recommendations.

  4. My son Leo is starting to complain about his tooth aching. That’s why I’m currently looking for a pediatric service around Jackson. Before choosing a clinic, I’ll keep in mind to check if the dentist have a medical degree and pediatric certifications.

  5. Thank you so much for mentioning that you should seek advice from other parents so you can make sure you can ask the right questions about the atmosphere of the dentistry. I have been trying to learn more about how I can find the right professional for my children in this new area. Now that I have read this article, I will start asking my friends and neighbors.

  6. You made a great point about reading online reviews to make sure that you find an honest opinion about that. My husband and I are looking for a children’s dentist that can help our daughters keep their teeth healthy. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.

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  8. I loved how you mentioned that you can have the greatest impact when you ask for recommendations from parents. My husband and I just recently moved to a new city a couple of weeks ago, and we need to find a pediatric dentist for our daughter because she is having bad tooth pains. We’ll make sure to keep these tips in mind as we search for a pediatric dentist to help us!

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