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What to Consider When Looking for a Dentist

If you’re planning to see a new dentist, you’ll find quite a good number of them around. But obviously, they won’t all be right for you. Though it sounds simple, finding a good dentist requires a few important considerations and a little homework.

Below are helpful tips for finding the right practitioner:

Asking for Referrals

Ask for referrals from friends and family members. You trust these people so they are unlikely to mislead you. Ask them questions like, is the dentist kind and patient enough to explain things in layman’s terms? Is the office clean and organized? Are the clerks warm and polite? What payment options are offered, if any?

Credentials

Certainly, you have to know the credentials of the dentist you’re considering. Needless to say, make sure the dentist is licensed and a member of a professional organization, such as the American Dental Association.

Beyond Cost

Dentists have different prices for different services, although this does not necessarily reflect the quality of their work. It’s always wise to make apples to apples comparisons. Every patient is unique as well, requiring a different approach to treatment. But if you encounter a dentist whose rates are either remarkably higher or lower than the others, you should be suspicious.

Chain vs.Non-Chain

Chain dental offices can offer excellent care, and being usually located in prominent areas of the city, they are an easy choice for many. But remember that your local dentist is the one who will likely stay in place for the long run. In addition, non-chain dentists work on their own and are not affected by corporate pressure in terms of, say, seeing a certain number of patients each day. This means more time spent with you when you come for an appointment, and also more time for them to develop a good treatment plan for you.

Web Research

Take time to check the dentist’s website and read reviews. Also check their Facebook page and see how they interact with people. All of these will give you an idea as to the dentist’s general philosophy and attitude towards their practice and their patients. Oral care is not a one-shot deal, after all, which means you’ll need a professional that you have chemistry with.

Comparing Options

Finally, before you decide to see a certain dentist, make comparisons with two or three others. You don’t have to restrict yourself to considering just one potential dentist. In fact, with more prospects, you will be able to compare and see who’s truly the best for you.
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