What Makes a Great Pediatric Dentist

Like many people, you may be looking for a pediatric dentist for your child and are unsure where to start. As we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, finding a good pediatric dentist is crucial for your child’s lifelong oral health. It is undeniably important that you select the right dentist for your child and your family. However, you may be wondering what exactly you are supposed to look for in a great pediatric dentist

At Rafi Dental Group in Tustin, we understand which characteristics set an excellent pediatric dentist apart. These characteristics include:

what makes a great pediatric dentist


One of the biggest challenges with bringing your child to the dentist is that they can often be afraid or anxious. One of the most important things your dentist’s office can do is create a calm and friendly atmosphere for children. The key to this is a kind and happy staff, dental hygienists, and pediatric dentist. The goal is to put your child at ease, and show them that there is nothing to fear at the dentist. Overcoming this fear is crucial so that your child feels comfortable visiting the dentist for the rest of their life.


One of the factors that sets an excellent pediatric dentist apart from the rest is good communication skills. A pediatric dentist should be able to communicate successfully with both children and parents. The dentist should be able to communicate with the child, not only to put them at ease but to explain what they are doing in simple and understandable terms as well. The pediatric dentist also needs to be able to communicate well with parents, so that both the dentist and the parents are always on the same page. 


While preventative dental services are important, a crucial component of pediatric dentistry involves teaching. Not only does the pediatric dentist care for your child’s teeth, but they also need to teach both children and parents how to exercise the best oral hygiene at home. The dental services provided at an appointment are important but are not as effective if there are not good daily habits in place. Kids are especially vulnerable to cavities, so good oral hygiene habits are even more vital. With good communication skills, your pediatric dentist will do their best to teach you and your child how to practice good oral habits at home and set them up for optimal oral health in the future. 


Ultimately, you want a pediatric dentist who is the best in their field. Good pediatric dentists have extensive education and experience that is specific to pediatric dentistry. This can include certificates and master’s degrees in pediatric dentistry, as well as thorough training. Pediatric dentists work with children ranging from infancy to teen years and need to be experts in the needs of all these age groups. 

Luckily, at Rafi Dental Group, we offer expert pediatric dentistry services. Our children’s dentist, Dr. Ryan Baker, holds a certificate and Master of Science degree in Pediatric Dentistry, in addition to a Doctor of Dental Medicine and Master of Public Health. Our pediatric dentist loves working with children and meeting the individual needs of every child, including those with special needs. 

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If you are looking for your perfect pediatric dentist, look no further. Rafi Dental Group provides top pediatric dental care in Tustin. If you have any additional questions about our pediatric dentist or would like to schedule your first appointment, contact Rafi Dental Group today. We look forward to hearing from you!