Choosing the Right Dentist

The relationship between you and your dentist is as important as the relationship you have with other healthcare providers. When seeking a dentist, you want to find someone you can build a long-lasting relationship with, as well as feel at ease with. When looking for a dentist, your search needs be as well-defined as it was when you were searching for a primary care physician. Oral health serves a vital role in our overall well being, and should therefore be entrusted a doctor we feel comfortable with.
There are many different ways you can go about finding the perfect dentist. For example:

Ask friends and family members for referrals. They may be know a top-quality dentist with whom they have had a long-term relationship with.
Inquire at your internist’s office.
If you are relocating, ask your current dentist if they know anyone in the area you are moving. Often times, they can put you in touch with colleagues they know.
Research online at the American Dental Association as they provide information locally and statewide.
If you or your family were under the care of an orthodontist, inquire in their if they know a reputable dentist.
Do your detective work. Take a look at dental blogs and read reviews that patients may have posted. Keep an open mind when reading the dental forum posts. Take an analytical approach, and thoroughly read both positive and negative comments.

Once you have narrowed down your search, how do you go about selecting a new dentist? Don’t be afraid to call each office and ask for a consultation. Inquire about the treatment plans, technology utilized, insurance restrictions and any other questions you may have. It’s a good idea to write down a list of questions beforehand so you are prepared.

During your dental “interviews”, look around the dental office. Good questions to ask are:

What are the office hours?
So you provide emergency services?
What types of insurance do you accept? Do they treat adults or the entire family?

Before making a final decision on a new dentist, ask yourself a few simple questions as well:
How convenient is the dental office from your home or place of employment?
Does the office staff and dentist seem open, friendly and personable?
Is the dental office clean?
Does the dentist make your comfortable?

Although it may seem a bit overwhelming, finding the a dentist whom you can trust is crucial; not only for your well-being, but for your pocketbook as well. Be weary of dental offices that promote super low prices. Although dental offices often run promotions for cleanings and other procedures, if the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You should be weary of dental work offered at rock bottom prices.

Above all, don’t feel pressured into going to a dentist you simply don’t feel comfortable with. Not only is the situation awkward for you, but for the dentist as well. If you aren’t at ease, it will only make your dental procedures more stressful for the both of you.

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