If you have young children, you might wonder if you should start bringing them to your family dentist or if you should find an office that caters to kids. There are some pros and cons about each option. You should learn the main reasons to do one or the other before you make a decision.

It may seem easy to just bring your children to your own practitioner. This requires less paperwork, since the office should already have your insurance and payment information on file. You will just have to fill out some new patient forms. In addition, you already know all the policies of the office, including the hours, cancellation fees, and the procedures that are offered. This can simplify life a little when you need dental work for your kids. In fact, if the office is large enough and has a few dentists, you may be able to bring each child in for an appointment at the same time you have one.

On the other hand, your kids might be bored with a dental office that does not specifically cater to young patients. The waiting room may only have magazines for adults, with no colorful murals on the walls like a pediatric office might have. There may not be any toys in the waiting room, either, unless many patients are also younger. In addition, the staff members might not deal well with young patients if they are used to adults.

For these reasons, you may be considering a pediatric practitioner. The advantages are that the staff should be used to treating young kids who are afraid of getting dental work, or are having their first appointment. The waiting room and exam rooms should be colorful and have lots of toys and books, allowing young visitors to feel at-ease … Read the rest

If you have young children, you might wonder if you should start bringing them to your family dentist or if you should find an office that caters to kids. There are some pros and cons about each option. You should learn the main reasons to do one or the other before you make a decision.

It may seem easy to just bring your children to your own practiceer. This requires less paperwork, since the office should already have your insurance and payment information on file. You will just have to fill out some new patient forms. In addition, you already know all the policies of the office, including the hours, cancellation fees, and the procedures that are offered. This can simplify life a little when you need dental work for your kids. In fact, if the office is large enough and has a few dentists, you may be able to bring each child in for an appointment at the same time you have one.

On the other hand, your kids may be bored with a dental office that does not specifically cater to young patients. The waiting room may only have magazines for adults, with no colorful murals on the walls like a pedestrian office might have. There may not be any toys in the waiting room, either, unless many patients are also younger. In addition, the staff members may not deal well with young patients if they are used to adults.

For these reasons, you may be considering a pediatric practitioner. The advantages are that the staff should be used to treating young kids who are afraid of getting dental work, or are having their first appointment. The waiting room and exam rooms should be colorful and have lots of toys and books, allowing young visitors to feel at-ease … Read the rest

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