How to Find a Dentist for a Child

Whether your child has a few freshly-sprouted teeth or already has a mouthful of them, starting good oral habits early is important. 

Visiting a Hamilton dentist and starting with regular dental care is your child’s first step to maintaining a healthy smile. While you may feel overwhelmed at the options for local dentists, there are a few ways to narrow down your choices and find the right dentist for your child.


When Should Your Child See a Dentist?

Children should see a dentist within six months after their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. By taking your child in early, you can prevent issues like tooth decay as well as learn how to properly care for your child’s teeth.

Tips for Picking the Perfect Family Dentist

Finding a clinic that specializes in child dentistry is important because it could be the difference between a pleasant first experience and one that is not so great. To help you find the right dentist, consider the following tips:


  • Ask Around - There are plenty of people you can ask for references. From friends to family to neighbors and even your insurance carrier, you will get a few names of local Hamilton dentists to consider.
  • Schedule a Consultation - Most patients do not realize that dentists offer consultations. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get to know the dentist, how they interact with your child, and see their offices. During your initial meeting, make sure you and your child are comfortable with the dentist, that they answer your questions, and watch how they care for little ones.
  • Atmosphere - A family dental office should be just as accommodating for children as it is for adults. See what they have that makes the experience positive for your child; and most importantly, ensure they have child-sized dental equipment.


Eastgate Dental Centre offers dental care for the whole family. Let our family dentist help you get your child off to the right start. We are currently accepting new patients, so call us at 905-560-2714 for your dental consultation. You can also contact us online.

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