Smiling Boy Blog Entry

Choosing the Right Dentist for Your Child

Parents always want what is best for their children. When it comes to your child’s health, it is all about creating good habits that stick with your child into adulthood. In many families, the hope is that children will be better off than the parents were. This applies to everything from finances to health. Make sure that if you are guiding and educating your children about their health, you are pointing them in the right direction. Social and technological advancements in health care, and in dentistry in particular, have created environments that are far more comfortable than they may have been in the past. Here are three tips for finding the right dental office for your child so they may establish proper oral hygiene habits that can lead to a healthy and happy future.

Care

Dentistry can create anxiety for many patients. People may experience anxiety by just saying the word “Dentist”. When you are looking for a dental office for your children, you want an office with a caring staff that will treat your child as an individual. Every child has different needs, and when it comes to finding the right dental environment for your child, you want an office that will focus on the specific needs of your child. You can find the right office by asking family and friends or by reading office reviews online. You want to begin to establish a dental home for your child by age one.

Comfort

Dentistry has advanced significantly in the last ten years. You have to remember that your child has many opportunities that you as a parent never had. Be sure when you are looking for a dental office for your child you are looking for a state-of-the-art office that strives for a clean, comfortable, and caring environment. Check out a dental office online, or call ahead to find out what services the office offers to keep patients comfortable. At Davis Gribble Hollowwa Dental, we offer dental care for children, and we offer services such as television at the dental chair and massage pads in the chair that help keep your child comfortable while they are learning what it is like to visit the dentist.

Consistency

Every child is unique. When you take your child to the dentist, you want the office to cater to your child’s individual needs at each visit. Every time you go to see your child’s dentist, you want your child to see familiar faces and a familiar environment so they can begin to associate those faces and places with positive feelings. Find an office with a consistent staff so your child can develop a reliable dental home as they grow. You want an office that will pay attention to keeping your child calm. You want an office that will track the development of your child’s dental health as they begin to lose their baby teeth and develop their adult teeth. You want a comfortable office that consistently cares about your child’s unique situation so your child can grow into a healthy young adult. Look for an office specific to your area that has dentists and staff who will be there as your child grows up.

Your child deserves the best care available. Take the time to find the right fit. Children receive great dental benefits in most states because establishing proper oral health is critical for developing overall health. Dental decay is the most common chronic disease amongst children. Take the necessary steps now to ensure the best future for your child.

Author Info

Dr. Connor Hollowwa

Dr. Connor Hollowwa is an Albuquerque native. He graduated from the Albuquerque Academy and went on to receive a BA from Rice University. His Doctorate of Dental Surgery is from Creighton University School of Dentistry. Before joining private practice he practiced at the state-of-the-art Isleta Health Center’s Dental Clinic, providing modern dental care for the members of the Pueblo of Isleta. In his free time he enjoys playing the piano, fly-fishing, golfing, and skiing.