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What are some tips for choosing a dentist for your child?

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Good children's dentists should have significant experience treating children and child friendly offices. Whether they specialize in pediatric dentistry or work in general dentistry, they should be welcoming, patient and competent.

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What are some tips for choosing a dentist for your child?
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Search for a local pediatric dentist via the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry at AAPD.org or the American Dental Association at MouthHealthy.org. Those looking for a pediatric dentist should ask trusted friends for their opinions, and pediatricians or other dentists can also recommend local child friendly dental offices. Pediatric dentists have two to three years of additional training beyond dental school that prepare them for treating children. However, many regular dentists enjoy seeing children and are comfortable treating them as well.

Good practitioners of pediatric dentistry have experience examining and treating children. They take time to describe their tools and procedures to children to them at ease. Child friendly decor and items, such as toys and books, in the waiting room along with stickers and prizes after the exam help children feel comfortable about dental health visits.

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