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a female dentist checking a child's teeth with her mother on the back

Pediatric dentists are different from regular dentists as they are specially trained to manage the oral health of a child as they grow their teeth up to their teen years. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a first dental visit must come by the age of one.

To find the right dentist for children in Utah, read below.

Get recommendations

Asking around for recommendations is the best way to find the right pediatric dentist. Asking from family, friends, your dentist or family pediatrician, or searching from community pages will at least give you a trustworthy dentist. You can also check local online sources like newspaper ads. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's website also has a dedicated page for parents looking for the right dentist, i.e. "Find a pediatric dentist" page. The American Dental Association (ADA) runs a dentist search platform, as well.

Examine the dentist's office

It is also good to visit the office of dentists to know more about what they provide. Look at the methods they use, the equipment they have, and the overall environment of the office. It must not only use the latest approaches and technologies, but it must also be child-friendly. Interview dentists if possible. Ask them about their training, professional memberships, emergency policies, and how they treat kids, e.g. those with special needs.

Evaluate after the first visit

After you have decided the right dentist and have made the first visit, it is still recommendable to make an evaluation of the services made. Is this dentist the "right" dentist for my child? Check if your child was seen accordingly. Did the dentist look for a medical and dental history? Was he or she gentle and caring? Did the dentist communicate with you well for some findings and recommendations? And lastly, ask your child about the visit. A good visit must reflect positively on your child.

When looking for the right pediatric dentist, the goal is to find the one that will be your child's long-term dentist. Seek recommendations, and evaluate the dentist and the office before and after the first visit.

Terohan Nula