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Choosing the Right Dentist

Aug 17, 2007
Everyone needs a dentist. It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and check ups. If you have recently moved to a new area, or you are in need of finding a new dentist, you may not know where to start. Looking for a dentist that you like and one that fits your needs when it comes to scheduling and location can be difficult.

For many people, the best way to choose a dentist is to talk to friends and family. Word of mouth is a great way to get a feel of what a dentist is like and how other people like him or her. You can also get advice from other dental professionals. For example, if you are moving to a new area, you could ask your current dentist for a good recommendation before you move. While word of mouth is a good place to start, there are other things you should look for when choosing a dentist.

Education: Of course one of the first things you will want to look at is experience and education. You want to make sure that you dentist is from an accredited dental school and has the experience you need. In addition, if you need specialized work done, then you need to make sure that your potential dentist has participated in that type of training and continues his or her educational with continuing education classes and training.

Needs: When choosing a dentist, think about your personal needs. If you need a lot of cosmetic work done, or dental implants, then you will want to choose a dentist that specializes in those types of procedures. In addition, if you need a dentist for your child, then you may want to look into a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist will have the experience to put your child at ease during a dental visit.

Staff: You will work closely with the staff in the dental office. Remember that a dentist does not do all the work alone. Most likely, the dental hygienist will perform the routine cleaning, initial exam, and x-rays. Make sure that you like the staff that works in the office when you choose a dentist. Make sure the people that run the front desk is friendly and is willing to work with you. In addition, look around at the office and exam rooms. Are they clean? Do the exam rooms offer you privacy? Are there a lot of people waiting for a long time in the waiting room? These are all questions you should ask yourself before choosing a dentist.

Hours and scheduling: Another consideration you want to think about when choosing a dentist are the office hours and the scheduling of appointments. You need to make sure the dentist has office hours that are compatible with your schedule. If you are seeing a pediatric dentist, you might want to see if the dentist offers after school hours or weekend hours for school aged children. If you work in the evening, you will want to make sure that you can get an appointment during days and hours that you do not have to take off of work.

Insurance: The last consideration to make about choosing a dentist is whether or not the dentist takes the type of dental insurance you have. Most dentist offices will file insurance claims. Make sure that your insurance is on their list.
About the Author
Written by Cathy Warschaw, Director of the Warschaw Learning Institute providing training for dental offices, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, office managers and newbies to the dental field. Interested in low-cost dental insurance visit
http://www.WarschawLearningInstitute.com (2007)
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