At Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville, we understand the importance of finding the right dental care for your child. A good dentist can help establish healthy habits and a positive attitude towards dental care that will last a lifetime. 

On the other hand, a bad experience can create anxiety and fear that can make it difficult for your child to receive the care they need. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right dentist for your child. 

To help you make an informed decision, here are some important factors to consider when selecting a dentist for your child.

Experience and training

When selecting a dentist for your child, choose someone who has limited their scope of practice to children or the pediatric population. 

Our multi-specialty team is composed of general dentists, dentist anesthesiologists, and a pediatric dentist, offering a broad range of training philosophies that means you can rest assured that when it comes to experience, we’ve got plenty of it! We’ve all undergone additional training and education to become well-versed in caring for the unique dental needs of children, some of us in the form of extensive CE credits, and others in a formal, residency setting. 

Regardless of the paths taken to get to this point, we’ve all limited our practice to the field of pediatrics and have been practicing in this capacity for years. We have the experience and expertise to address your child’s dental concerns in a gentle and effective manner, making the experience as positive as possible.

Approach to dental care

It’s also important to consider the approach the dentist takes to dental care. Look for a dentist who emphasizes preventative care, such as regular check-ups, cleanings, and fluoride treatments, rather than just fixing problems after they occur. A dentist who prioritizes preventative care can help your child maintain a healthy smile for life. 

Office environment

The atmosphere and layout of the dental office can play a big role in your child’s experience. A child-friendly office with a welcoming atmosphere, bright colors, and fun décor can help your child feel comfortable and at ease. Look for an office that has a specially designed waiting area for children, as well as toys and games, to keep your child entertained. A TV with children’s shows or movies can also be a plus, as it can help distract your child during procedures.


Consider if the office is conveniently located for your family. If you have more than one child, look for a dentist who can see all of your children during the same appointment. This can save you time and make the experience less stressful for everyone.

Communication and bedside manner

A dentist’s communication style and bedside manner can have a big impact on your child’s experience. Look for a dentist who takes the time to explain procedures to your child in a way that they can understand, and who is patient and understanding. A dentist who has a warm and friendly personality can help put your child at ease and make the experience more positive.

Technology and equipment

Dental technology and equipment can play a big role in the quality of care your child receives. Look for a dentist who uses state-of-the-art equipment, such as digital x-rays, which are faster and more comfortable for your child. A dentist who invests in the latest technology is likely to provide the high quality care.

Insurance and payment options

Finally, it is important to consider the cost of dental care and whether the dentist you choose accepts your insurance. Look for a dentist who offers a variety of payment options and is transparent about their fees and what is included in their services.

Choose the dentist who will help you keep your child healthy and strong

Choosing the right dentist for your child can make all the difference in their dental health and well-being. By considering these factors, you can select a dentist who will provide your child with the care and support they need to maintain a healthy smile for life. 

Keep in mind that you don’t have to settle for the first dentist you find. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get to know the dentist and their staff before making a decision. You can also ask for recommendations from friends and family, or check online reviews to get a sense of what other parents have experienced.

Remember that dental care is an ongoing process and your child will be visiting the dentist regularly for many years to come. Choosing the right dentist is an investment in your child’s oral health and well-being, and it’s a decision that should not be taken lightly. With a little research and preparation, you can find the right dentist for your child and set them on a path to a lifetime of healthy and happy smiles.

Your family’s trusted dental partner

At Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville, we believe that nothing is more important than your child’s health. Our dentists and staff are dedicated to ensuring your child stays healthy and develops a positive relationship with oral health. 

Contact us today to learn more about our practice or book your next appointment online.