My gym has a lot of activities for the community. Last night a pediatric dentist was there (I think it was really for advertisement purposes) who spoke about how to help kids take care of their oral health. I have actually been looking for a female pediatric dentist for my kids but I haven’t had a lot of success. There are a few in my area, but I just haven’t been satisfied with the consultations. For some reason, when I did a google search for the dentist that spoke at the gym, she didn’t come up in the web site results. Maybe I didn’t notice her web site, or maybe she doesn’t have a web site because I still can’t find one. I just want to be sure that she is certified. How can I find that out if she doesn’t have a website? Thank you. – Jenny
Jenny – You can start by visiting the website of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Certification can be verified on that site. If the dentist’s name isn’t listed on that website, you can ask for her contact information from your gym.
The dentist’s office will be able to tell you what kind of certification she has, and you can perform a certification search on the applicable websites.
In addition to certification, be sure to look for online reviews. Physicians’ and dentists’ social media pages often provide reviews. Also consider how long the dentist has been practicing and whether or not he or she is in an office where there are other dentists to consult with and learn from.
Schedule a consultation with the dentist, and bring your children with you to the appointment. This will give you a chance to get a feel for the office environment and how your children respond to the staff and dentist.
This post is sponsored by Naperville dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.