When choosing a new dentist, it's important to consider all aspects of your dental/oral health needs. After all, they will be the person in charge of your perfecting and maintaining your smile. Here's what to look for when choosing a new dentist.
-Check reviews: In today's society, it's easy to access online reviews for positive or negative honest opinions on that dentist. See if you can also find before and after pictures as examples of their work. Both the reviews and images will provide you with an understanding of what they can do for you.
-Check state dental board: Dentists are in charge of their state dental board. Each state has a dental board that tracks certain claims against a particular dentist. Check their status before selecting them as your new dentist.
-Check with neighbors or family for referrals: Your neighbors and family members will be open and honest about their experiences with a particular dentist. Make sure to ask what their needs and wants are in a dentist to see if it matches up to what you are looking for as well.
-Check their services: Before selecting a new dentist, make sure they have all the services available that you are seeking. Visit their website or contact them if you need a service done, that is out of the norm.
-Check location: The location of your dentist is important. You never know if you will have a dental emergency and need to be to your dentist in a short amount of time. The closer proximity you have to your dentist the likely you will be to go. Don't make the excuse that their office is too far to venture out to.
-Check times: It's best if you consider a dentist that has hours available that you can attend. If you work a standard job from 9-5, there may be a dentist that offers later or earlier office appointment time slots, once or twice weekly.
-Check with medical providers: In the medical world, doctors, dentist, and pharmacists all work together with the same patients. If you currently have a family doctor or pharmacists, ask them for a referral. If you are moving to a new location, see if your current dentist has any referrals. Usually, a referral from your doctor or current dentist will match your needs that you currently have.
Good luck on finding the perfect dentist for your dental needs!