When it comes to finding a dentist, it could be relatively easy: simply Google, for example, “Keller dentist” and then just start going through the list that pops up, phoning each until you find one that you believe is a “good fit.”
But what is a “good fit?” Is it price? Location? Years in business? Someone who routinely takes care of children, or who knows how to treat an elderly patient with the beginning signs of dementia?
That’s the first step in finding a great dentist: deciding on your “must haves” before you start contacting dental firms.
Here are a few more:
- Once you’ve decided what qualities you’re looking for (cost, scope of practice, location, etc.), it’s time to start asking around. Ask friends and family members if they know of dentists that fit your criteria. If you’re new to an area and don’t have friends or family nearby, talk to your physician, local pharmacist, hairdresser, your colleagues at work, and so on. Some of the best matches are made by talking to people who have lived in an area for several years.
- If you didn’t move too far away from your previous home, ask your former dentist for a referral. Your former dentist knows your dental “conditions” and so could recommend someone who fits your needs very well.
- You also could visit the American Dental Association’s (ADA) website for finding dentists, MouthHealthy.org. This site allows you to find a member of the ADA near you. You can search by dental specialty and distance from your home.
- Sites such as Angie’s List can help you find a dentist. Please note that while rated service providers can’t pay to show up in results, they can place ads (although the fact they purchase an ad doesn’t affect their rating). Also, Angie’s List charges you a membership fee.
- Once you’ve found one or more likely dentists, call to see if you can have a “nice to meet you” appointment. This could be very important if you or someone in your household has special oral hygiene needs, or if one of your children, for example, is very nervous around dentists (so a friendly meeting to check out the facility and meet the dentist could help alleviate that child’s anxiety).
- Visit at least three dentists before choosing one. In addition, never be shy about going to another dentist if you feel your needs aren’t being met at the first dentist. As a courtesy, let the first dentist know why you’re leaving.
- If you’re on a very tight budget, see if there’s a dental school nearby. Dental clinics at these schools often offer lower-cost routine dental services so that their students will have a chance to practice their skills on live patients. Have no fear: all such schools make sure each dental student always perform dental work while being overseen/supported by an experienced dentist.
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What a nice article you have introduced for finding a dentist. Tips that you have given are really innovative and helpful. It’s a great idea to contact the American Dental Society to get references. Schedule a few consultations with dentists in the area to choose one you’re comfortable with. Pay attention to the nearest dental school clinic or hospital dental department, especially if it is affiliated with a major university. It is best to find a dentist that is near you, so you don’t have to travel for appointments and Make sure that the dentist accepts your insurance carrier. Nice piece.