5 Tips for Choosing a New Dentist

 5 Tips For Choosing a New Dentist

If the thought of going to the dentist makes you nervous, you are not alone!  But the dentist is more than just someone to clean your teeth.  Your dental health is a vital part of your overall health, so it is important for every patient to have a dental home.  That means there is always someone looking out for the best interests of you and your family. 

Here are a few tips for choosing a new dentist

1.  Get Referrals

Get started by creating a list of potential dentists.  Ask family, friends and coworkers for recommendations. Ask your doctor or a pharmacist.  When someone we know and trust have positive experiences with their dentist, we feel more at ease about seeing them ourselves. 

2.  Look for Online Patient Reviews

Reading what other people have to say about a dentist can provide insight from actual patients into the level of care a dentist provides.  Patient reviews typically reflect people's experience with scheduling appointments, wait times, office environment and office staff friendliness.  You can learn how well patients trust the dentist, how much time the dentist spends with their patients and how well the dentist answers questions. 

3.  Learn More About Your Provider

When you put your health in someone else's hands, you need to have confidence in their capabilities.  Check out the dentist's training, certification and specialties.  If you suffer from dental anxiety, ask about about successful approaches she has used with other anxious patients.  

4.  Meet and Greet

You want to choose a dentist who can be a part of your total health care team.  It is a good idea to call or visit the dentists on your list before deciding.  Schedule a consultation time with the dentist to meet with the dentist and staff before making an appointment.  Make a list of questions that are important to you and bring your dental records so that the dentist can take a look if you have a more specific question. 

5.  Evaluate Communication Style

You owe it to yourself to spend a little time getting to know your new dentist.  Choose a dentist with whom you are comfortable talking and supports your information needs.  When you meet the dentist, ask a question


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