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April 28, 2015
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Top Characteristics of a Children's Dentist

A good, quality dentist can be difficult to come by. Most people would agree that they want to feel comfortable in a dentist's office. They'd like to be welcomed warmly, and have the trip be as quick and painless as possible. Now, try to find these qualities in a children's dentist, and you've got a new task altogether.

A dentist who works mainly with adults will most likely have an easier time communicating with their patients. Adults are simply more rational and mature, and their fears of procedures can be put to rest because of their ability control their emotions. Going to the dentist can be scary; it can be even scarier as a child. Here are some traits to look for in a top-notch children's dentist.

A Way with Words: A good children's dentist will be able to communicate effectively with the child. They will have the knowledge and ability to calm them down, subdue their fears, or make them laugh when appropriate. The dentist should be able to make the child feel comfortable most, if not all, of the time.  Good verbal communication is the key to success.

Patience and Understanding: As any parent will tell you, kids can be unreasonable, stubborn, or unwilling to cooperate from time to time. Asking them to let a stranger poke and prod in their mouth can trigger some of these responses. A good children's dentist will be willing and able to not only cope with their young patient's mood, but overcome it as well.

Informative: Any dentist can lecture you on good oral hygiene, but good oral habits start young. A children's dentist shouldn't preach, but encourage their young patients to brush regularly, floss every day, or to avoid sugars. The dentist and his team are in a unique position to educate your child, and as an expert, are situated perfectly to spread a healthy message.

Have the Right Tools: This goes beyond the normal tools they use when you're in the chair. A dentist should have a large variety of items for a child to play with while they sit in the waiting room. Children's books, Legos, building blocks, or board games are all great ways to let a child pass the time while they are in the waiting room. This can help the child relax, making their trip a more positive experience overall.

Look for these traits when searching for a children's dentist. It's important that their first experience with a dentist is an extremely positive one, and these tips can help!



Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)


He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.


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