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Finding the right dentist is about so much more than crossing off “get teeth cleaned” on your to-do list! After all, you and your kids deserve more than just routine appointments and regular bills. The right dentist actually partners with you as a parent to protect your kids’ health, invest in their futures, and educate them in lifelong health habits. So what would this look like?

Variety of Options

Since every family and patient is different, a great family dentist needs to offer a comprehensive range of oral care options. From a standard cleaning, where the process is explained to your kids in a way that relieves their anxieties, to a filling or crown where every effort is made to ensure comfort, the right dentist is committed to calming your child’s anxiety and providing an informative and fun experience.


Thinking in terms of preventative maintenance and keeping an eye on what’s coming down the road are key aspects of the kind of practice where you want your kids to be! Prevent dental problems before they occur and provide your kid with a healthy smile and a fun dental experience. Check out this list of steps good dentists take to proactively care for your kid’s smile:

  • Prophylaxis. Prophylaxis refers to proactive healthcare that is designed to maintain good health and prevent disease. In dentistry, this means routine cleanings at the dentist’s office every six months. These cleanings help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Comprehensive oral evaluation. When your kid visits the dentist, he or she should receive a thorough exam. The kid’s dentist will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral problems which they will, in turn, discuss with you.
  • Dental sealants. Sealants are thin, protective coatings used to prevent tooth decay. They fill in the tiny grooves of the tooth surface so that brushing becomes more effective.

Since many dental offices are not equipped to handle orthodontics and/or oral surgery, a great dentist should have strong connections with an ortho office and oral surgeon who shares the same values and will partner with them in caring for the oral health of clients.


Here at Vital Smiles, we want to create a healthy, informative, interactive, and fun environment for our clients. Your child’s health and future is our driving goal, and we are constantly working to ensure that our patients experience top-notch care in a positive, welcoming environment. We want you and your kids to look forward to seeing us at appointments as much as we look forward to seeing you. We believe that being a pediatric dentist is about relationships and a lifelong commitment to the health and success of your whole family. Hope to see you in the office soon!