5 Tips for Choosing a Gentle Dentist for your Children in Johns Creek

There’s nothing more important in your life than your children. That’s a fact. When it comes to visiting the dentist, however, many parents just take their child to the dentist down the street, thinking that all dentists are “basically the same.”

Big mistake.

Fortunately if you’re reading this article, it means you know better and you’ve taken an interest in making sure that your child gets the very best dental care starting with their very first dental appointment.

Below, we’re going to discuss 5 things that should be high on your priority list when choosing a gentle pediatric dentistry provider for your child in the Johns Creek area.

1. Experience


You never know what oral health issues will arise for your child in the coming years, which is why it’s important to see an experienced dentist who has seemingly “seen it all.”

Dr. Jim Forester has been practicing dentistry in Johns Creek since 1997, and in that time, has treated thousands of children with issues ranging from routine dental cleanings and oral exams to complex oral health issues.

Simply put, Dr. Forester is trained to solve and treat dental problems that can have a negative impact on your child’s health. If your child starts seeing the right dentist from the beginning, the likelihood of them developing good oral habits for the rest of their lives increases significantly.

2. Comfortable office atmosphere

Your child won’t be comfortable at a dental office that doesn’t have a warm, friendly atmosphere. From the minute you walk into Lifetime Smiles, you and your child will be greeted by our friendly, caring team.

In addition to a friendly office environment, Dr. Forester and his team pride themselves on providing gentle dentistry to children who are afraid or scared of the dentist. We understand that your child’s fear of the dentist is a very real and serious issue so we take the necessary precautions to ensure your child has a positive experience at our office.

Again, it all comes back to making sure your child gets complete, comfortable dental care from their first appointment.

3. A “preventative maintenance” philosophy


If you don’t change your oil, get tires rotated, and perform all preventative maintenance activities associated with owning a car, it would probably break down pretty quickly, right?

The same is true with your child’s oral health. At Lifetime Smiles, we focus on treating not just the dental problems we can see, but we also look at the root cause and perform preventative maintenance to minimize the risk of serious issues arising in the future.

We believe in comprehensive dentistry (read more about this concept here), which means your child will receive top-notch care that will fix dental problems at an early age before they turn into bigger dental problems.

4. A commitment to educating parents and kids

One important yet often overlooked aspect of dentistry is educating both parents and children about the importance of oral health. After all, you have to care for your teeth each and every day, even though you will only see a dentist a couple of times per year.

Specifically, Dr. Forester and his team educate parents and their children (when old enough) on issues such as:

  • How kid’s diets (what they eat and drink) can affect their oral health

  • How parents should clean an infant’s teeth and baby’s teeth properly

  • How to brush and floss properly (many children and adults do this incorrectly)

And more. Our goal is to make sure you and your child are armed with the information required to protect your child’s teeth and gums.

5. Can continually provide services as your child grows


As your child gets older their dental needs are going to change. While many dentists do a great job of taking care of toddlers and small children, when they get a little older, dental care can get a little tricky.

In addition to your child’s needs changing as they get older, they also may not want to visit an office that is overly focused on pediatric dentistry as they become a teenager. After all, don’t we all know most teenagers think they are grown up?

The bottom line is this: You want to start your young child at a dental office that they can stick with for the next 20+ years. The more familiar a dentist becomes with your child, the more comfortable and enjoyable your child’s dental experience will be.

Are you searching for a gentle dentist in Johns Creek that your child can continue to see as they get older? Come see us!

At Lifetime Smiles, we understand that choosing the right dentist for your child is a very important decision and it isn’t one that we take lightly. So we want to invite you to stop by our office and come chat with us.

We want you and your child to feel comfortable and confident with your decision. So give our office a call today or stop by to check us out. Schedule your child’s complete oral healthcare exam today!