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How to Choose The Right Pediatric Dentist

How to Choose The Right Pediatric Dentist

Did you know that your child should visit a pediatric dentist by their first birthday? Their teeth are vulnerable during early development, so it’s crucial to monitor the development of the teeth and jaw to ensure their long-term health. But who can you trust with your kid’s teeth?

At Milestone Kids Dentistry, we know that you want your child to have the best care possible. We also know that choosing the right pediatric dentist may feel like a daunting task. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to find an experienced pediatric dentist for your child.

Learn more about how to choose the right pediatric dentist, and schedule an appointment with us today!

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Reviews & Recommendations

When seeking out a trusted pediatric dentist, talking to other parents can be very helpful! Ask them about what their office is like, how kid-friendly the environment is, and how the hygienists and dentists treat patients. 

The truth is: patients and parents love Milestone Kids Dentistry! Check out our glowing reviews on Google My Business, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Facebook, Yelp, and more. 

If you still feel stuck on how to find a pediatric dentist, ask your pediatrician for a recommendation! Many of our patients are recommended to us by pediatricians. 

Qualifications, Certifications, and Licenses

Not all dentists are created equal! There’s a difference between family dentists and pediatric dentists. While family dentists care for people of all ages, pediatric dentists must have an additional two years of training and get board-certified by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Since they only work with children, pediatric dentists have the experience and knowledge necessary to give your kid the best care possible.

Make sure you consider all the credentials of your chosen dentists. It’s always worth checking whether they graduated from an accredited dental school, how long ago they graduated, and whether they still prioritize modern training. 

Every pediatric dentist needs a state license in order to operate. This certification is usually prominently displayed at the practice and is easy to identify. You can always ask the receptionist for proof of certification!

Our doctors, clinicians, and team members are rigorously screened and have unmatched experience delivering professional care in a family-oriented setting!


Have you heard of a “dental home”? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says that an important part of a dental home is the relationship between patient and dentist. Arranging a dental home with an experienced pediatric dentist is a great way to ensure the long-term dental health of your child.

One of the key ingredients to establishing a dental home is making sure that it is located near where you live. Having your chosen dental practice close by ensures that it is accessible for regular check-ups and more urgent care.


Most pediatric dentists offer consultations for new patients, so you and your little one can meet the dental team, visit the practice, and learn more about their approach to patient care. No dental work will be performed during this consultation — it will simply give you an opportunity to decide whether that pediatric dentist is right for your kid!

Milestone Kids Dentistry is dedicated to creating a positive environment for children. Our waiting room is decked out with fun activities, games, and more to keep your child comfortable and engaged. Plus, we are committed to helping kids develop healthy habits. Book a free consultation to see why kiddos love our practice!

Get Pediatric Dental Care You Can Trust in Lake Steven, Snohomish, and Smokey Point

When looking for the best pediatric dentist, it’s important to find a practice that prioritizes personalized experiences. Early visits to the dentist can color your child’s view about dental care for life — which is why Milestone Kids Dentistry is passionate about creating a fun, judgment-free environment. 

Hopefully, this article has helped you better understand how to choose a pediatric dentist. Milestone Kids Dentistry is an experienced, board-certified pediatric dentist in Lake Stevens, Snohomish, and Smokey Point. 

Start your child’s journey to a lifetime of healthy smiles. Call us, text us, email us, or schedule an appointment today!  

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