It may be surprising, but infants should actually visit the dentist for the first time when they’re about one year old, or when their baby teeth are about to emerge. Even though baby teeth fall out, it’s still just as important for infants and young children to get regular dental care as it is for adults. Dentists will be able to determine if the teeth are coming in straight, if there are any issues with the bones and tissue of the mouth, and to assess the health of the mouth.

Finding a pediatric dentist, though, can be challenging. A dentist’s office can be an intimidating place for young kids and it’s important that everyone there can make them feel comfortable. At James W. Mellert DDS and Associates, we offer pediatric dentistry, and our team is committed to providing the very best care so that your children can grow to have healthy, beautiful smiles. If you’re looking for a children’s dentist, feel free to schedule an appointment so that you and your child can get a tour of our office and meet the staff and dentists.

How to Find a Great Pediatric Dentist in Torrance

Visit the Office

One of the most direct ways to get a first impression of a dentist’s office is to visit! While it may seem a little strange to schedule an appointment just to walk around the office, just a few minutes walking around and saying hello to the staff can go a long way in making you and your child feel comfortable. Look for kid-friendly decor, games, and magazines in the reception area, and get a feel for how the actual exam space is decorated to see if it’s a space where your child will feel comfortable. Pay attention to how the staff and hygienists interact with your child as well.

Read Online Reviews

Skimming some online reviews from current and past patients can give you insight into what other people think about the office and the services they have received. It can be difficult to determine the kind of service that you will receive at a dentist’s office until you actually get a cleaning yourself, but online reviews will offer straightforward and honest opinions on their experiences. However, it’s important to take online reviews with a grain of salt; one negative review doesn’t mean that you should cut a particular office from your list.

Do They Have Special Training?

A family dentist may list pediatric dentistry as a service because they do clean children’s teeth, but there is a difference. A pediatric dentist will have specialized training, which is typically an additional two to three years of education. With specialized training, the dentists will learn how to conduct oral exams on a child, how to recognize and diagnose child-related dental issues, how to help children create healthy dental habits, and they even take courses in child psychology in order to fully understand how to make them feel comfortable in the exam chair.

Ask How They Make Children’s Visits Different

Dental care is life-long, and it’s important for children to get a positive start. Dental trauma or a scary experience can have a significant impact on how children approach dental care and their willingness to go back to the dentist as an adult. Does the office give them a toy or stuffed animal to hold during the exam? Do they ask your child questions about their teeth, their favorite subject in school, or what their favorite color is? It’s little things like this that can make a big difference.

James W. Mellert DDS and Associates is excited to meet you and your child so that we can start a positive journey together toward a healthy dental routine. Kids are constantly growing and changing, and we want to be there to help ensure that they’re getting the care they need.

During your first visit, we will examine your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums, discuss habits like thumb sucking, talk about fluoride treatments and toothpastes, and give some tips on how to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Above all, we want your child to have healthy teeth and a positive experience with each visit to our office.

Located in Torrance, California, we are happy to serve your whole family with exceptional dental care. Call today to schedule a tour of our office or for an appointment.