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Austin Childrens Dentist Selection

Tips on Picking an Austin Pediatric Dentist

If you're considering an Austin childrens dentist, you're probably already aware that your decision will have lasting results. Most cases of dental anxiety in adults stem from negative experiences when the patient was much younger.

So how do you go about picking the best dentist for your child?

Here are a few tips:

  • Get all the logistics out of the way first. With more than a million people living in the Austin Texas area, you'll have plenty of candidates for selecting a good pediatric dentist. The first step is to exclude those practices that don't accept your insurance or where the commute would be too inconvenient.
  • Get referrals. It's just like selecting any dentist - referrals will be one of your most valuable resources.
  • Involve your child in the selection process. This one is huge and often overlooked. The simple act of involving your child in the decision has an empowering effect. And let's face it - you may be the one paying the dental bills, but it's your child who directly experiences the event. He or she should have a say.
  • Develop positive associations.
  • One of the best gifts you can give your child is to help him or her to develop positive dental associations. Stress the benefits of regular dental checkups (such as ensuring healthy teeth and an attractive smile) over the negative (such as an emphasis on cavities or lectures involving brushing and flossing).

  • Don't overlook a family dentistry. While pediatric dentistry may be your first impulse when thinking of your child's dental needs, it's not the only solution. You may also want to consider an Austin family dentist for the added convenience of having the dental needs of all members of your family met in the same office.
  • Don't be afraid to switch dentists. If your child really hates going to the dentist, or expresses a lot of fear or anxiety about returning visits, and if talking and reassuring doesn't seem to be working, there's nothing wrong with considering your options anew. Children are unique persons with unique personalities. They can't be expected to hit it off with everybody.

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