Choosing the Right Dentist: Steps to Take in Finding A Trusted Dentist

Finding the right dentist for you and your family can be a difficult endeavor. There are many things to consider in choosing who will keep your teeth bright and your smile sexy. This article will help you outline the steps necessary to ensure you find a qualified, competent dentist.

First, some questions you should consider:

  • Are you happy with your current dentist?
  • Is your dentist keeping you informed about your teeth and how to best care for them?
  • Are your teeth in the best care they can be?

If you are unsure of any of the following then here are a few steps to take in finding a trusted dentist:

1) Ask friends and family which dentist they are using

The first thing you should do when looking for a dentist is to ask your friends and family for a recommendation. Who better to find out about the quality of care then people you know and trust? Don’t be afraid to ask neighbors, relatives, your co-workers or your local community experts for any and all information on who’s who in your community. Chances are that someone you know can recommend you a great dentist that they have been involved with for years.

2) Research on the internet

The internet is full of information about local dentists. You should utilize the internet to find out as much information as you can about the backgrounds of the dentists that your friends and family recommend. Information such as where they went to school, how long they have been in business, and even patient satisfaction can all be found by doing a simple search on Google, Yahoo, and Bing. You may also find official recommendations from other institutes that can help you decide which dentist to choose.

3) Find out relevant information when choosing a dentist

It is important to find out where the dentist went to school and if family and friends are using them. However, it is also important to know more substantive answers to relevant questions concerning your insurance and your needs. Questions a dentist should be able to answer: Do they accept your insurance? How much out of pocket expense for certain procedures (bite wing X-Rays, cavity fills, etc…), is there a long wait time at the dentist? These questions can save you a lot of time and a lot of money!

4) Interview potential dentist candidates.

Once you have decided on one or several dentists you should consider interviewing them. Ask for an over the phone or in house consultation to assess your dentist and see if they are a good fit for you. You will be able to judge the dentist by his or her mannerisms, and see if they treat you like a person and not just a medical bill!

5) Be confident in your decision

There is no one perfect dentist, but chances are if you follow these steps you will find a dentist that you feel comfortable and confident with. You have to weigh all aspects when choosing the right dentist. Price considerations, bed side manner, trustworthiness and ultimately how good their previous work is. If there is an inkling that maybe this dentist is not the right fit for you, there’s always another dentist that you can consider!