It’s quite normal for first-time parents to have hundreds of questions when it comes to their child’s first dental visit. One of the most common and important questions is: How do I know which pediatric dentist is best for my child? At Penn Dental Family Practice, we make it our mission to help families like yours feel comfortable and prepared when establishing a dental home.
If your search for a pediatric dentist in Philadelphia has you fraught with worry or uncertainty, we hope to ease your mind by sharing our thoughts on what’s most important to look for. Find out where to go for safe, comprehensive, and friendly pediatric dental care for children and how to create a healthy dental foundation for your child.
While general dentists have several years of educational training and practice, pediatric dentists are required to meet additional requirements. Typically, a pediatric dentist undergoes two to three additional years of specialty training after completion of dental school.
During their specialty training, pediatric dentists learn how to provide optimal oral care to treat children of all ages — from infancy through their formative years. This includes learning how to provide personalized care for each stage and phase of childhood. The pediatric dental specialty enables dentists to offer a variety of approaches to address any number of dental conditions experienced by children.
In addition to offering a breadth of treatment approaches, pediatric dentists are instrumental in your child’s preventative dental health. This is why it’s important to establish a relationship between child and dentist early on. A pediatric dentist can spot many dental issues before they develop into more serious conditions.
In addition to a strong educational background, there are other indications to consider to find the best pediatric dentist for your family.
Take a look at five considerations that have helped guide many families in choosing the perfect pediatric dentist:
After selecting a pediatric dentist, it’s important to make sure you book your child’s initial dentist appointment by your child’s first birthday. When scheduling an appointment, be sure to pick a time of day when your child is well-rested and has a full stomach. This will likely reduce opportunities for fussiness and anxiety (for both of you).
At PDFP, our pediatric dentists are renowned in their field for offering comprehensive, advanced dental approaches and as leading educators at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
To schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, please give us a call at 215-898-7337.