I was fortunate enough that when I moved into our new home a few years ago that we had the wonderful Clinton family dentistry clinic nearby and that I was able to find a dentists that all the family were happy with. The reason I mention how fortunate I feel is because in the town that I used to live with my family, we found it incredibly difficult to find a great dentist who could accommodate us all. Finally I did succeed but the process was pretty tough.
If you are looking for a great family dentist and are having a hard time, here are my tips on how you can get the dentist that suits both you and your family.
One of the best ways in which you can get an idea of which dentists are good with families, is to ask around the other parents to see who they use. Experience has told me that most dentists who are good with one family, are usually good with them all. The idea of finding the best dentist comes down to compiling a list of worthy candidates and then checking them out, speaking with other parents is the perfect way to get your list started.
The internet is a great place to not only find out about the dentists in your area, it is also a great way to see what other people are saying about them. It is important to take the reviews with a pinch of salt as in reality people find it much easier to take to the internet in order to say negative things, than they do to say positive things. With that being said you can use the net to find out the dentists which you most definitely shouldn’t try and you can get an idea for those which are worth checking out.
Suck it and See
Once you have made a small list of the dentists in your area which are worth checking out, it is time to go and visit them to see how you feel. I would advise that you go on your own before taking the kids with you so that you can get a feel for the practice and for the dentists who work there. If you are happy that they can treat you and your family well, then make an appointment for your kids so that you can see how they like it as well, or at least if they feel comfortable enough.
Before you go and visit any dentist, try to think about what it is that you are looking for, this could be price, comfort, professionalism, great with kids or even all of the above and when you actually go to the dentist, it is important that you keep all of these factors in mind. Remember that there is nothing wrong with choosing a dentist and then changing at a later date but it is always more helpful if the family have one dentist which they can rely on.