Tips for Choosing a Pediatric Dentist

Finding the right pediatric dentist is not only good for the health of your child but also safe.

Tips for Choosing a Pediatric Dentist

Just like pediatricians, pediatric dentists are specially trained to care for the specific dentistry needs of infants and children. However, the process of choosing a pediatric dentist can be stressful. It’s recommended that you be careful with the dentist you select so that you can be sure it’ll be a good match for your kid’s personality. Below are some tips to guide you in choosing the right pediatric dentist.

Just like pediatricians, pediatric dentists are specially trained to care for the specific dental needs of infants and children. The process of choosing your pediatric dentist doesn’t have to be stressful! Here are a couple of recommendations and guidelines for you to choose the best match for your child and  his/her personality:

Check out for Qualification and Necessary Certification

This is the first and most important thing you should consider when looking for a pediatric dentist. Make sure that the specialist you settle on to care for your child’s oral health is qualified and accredited. He/she should have to undertake professional training in pediatric dentistry from a recognized institution and should have a practice license.

Proper accreditation and qualifications will put your mind at ease while choosing your child’s pediatric dentist. The right dentist will have undertaken professional training from a recognized institution and should have a practice license from the state the practice operates in. Knowing your child is in qualified hands will open the doors to a proper relationship based on trust and excellent care. This way, your child can also feel at ease and comfortable during each visit with his/her dentist. Our dentists are all accredited under the National Board of Pediatric Dentistry and renew their accreditations annually.

Ask for Recommendations from Your Friends or Family Members

Your friends and family members who have children can be aware of good pediatric dentists that can take care of your kid. Take your time and ask some of them if they have a specific dentist that they can recommend. You can also ask for a referral from your pediatrician.

We are lucky enough to have a big referral source within our own community and patients! If you are a parent that has friends and family with children, it’s always a great idea to ask what pediatric dentist they take their children to. Most of our patients get to form extremely close relationships with our Dental Assistants, Doctors, and team members! They know us by name because we make sure to provide a service they’ll remember, but most importantly a long-lasting bond between patient and dentist.

Consider the Location

You should also consider the travel distance between you and the dentist. Try working with a dentist who is not far away from your neighborhood for convenience. You can always prepare your child psychologically prior to the actual day and time of the appointment using the dental clinic as the visual cue. Avoid longer distances since they tend to extend your child’s anxiety.

Location and accessibility to your child’s dentist is always an important factor to consider. Our convenient location is right in the heart of Dumfries-Montclair-Woodbridge neighborhoods! We service patients as far up from Fairfax, all the way to Stafford and Fredericksburg! We are conveniently located off route 1, from I-95 or SR 234 from either direction. Our network of patients and referrals has only grown in the past two years; however, we remain the same in offering utmost care and service to each patient we treat.

Consider Our Doctors

Dr. Hau Le: She’s a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist, servicing the Dumfries-Montclair area for many years now. Her focus on pediatric dentistry and services to young adults has only increased since opening her practice. She takes pride in building special relationships with each one of her patients! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, nature walks with her husband, and cooking! 

Dr. Jessica Holmes: Dr. Holmes is an active member and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has a true passion for treating children and believes that a friendly, positive environment creates the foundation for lifelong good dental health. Her philosophy in treating children’s dental needs comes down to, “what  would I do if this were my child?” 

Dr. Anna: Dr. Anna strives to make sure children have a safe and positive experience at the dentist. As a  loving mother of two herself, she can relate to the feelings parents have when they’re making decisions about their children’s healthcare. She’s passionate about helping children overcome their fear of the dentist and teaching them how to have the best oral health possible. 

Dr. Eva Swenson: Dr. Eva Swenson has an international and diverse dental background. She combines her  American and Scandinavian dental philosophies to bring a unique perspective to pediatric dentistry with a gentle, conservative, and preventative approach. In her free time, Dr. Swenson enjoys traveling,  baking, and spending time with friends and family.

If you have any questions regarding pediatric dentistry or choosing a dentist, don’t hesitate to contact us!