Selecting the Right Dentist
Even with daily brushing and flossing, it is recommended that you visit for a check-up and professional cleaning every 6 months, or twice a year. If you have any ongoing oral health issues, then you may have to visit your dentist more frequently. These visits to the dental office are essential for healthy teeth and gums. Finding the right dentist to care for your oral and dental health is very important. If you don’t have one currently, have moved and are looking for a new dentist, or just want to try out a different dentist then there are a few ways to find one. There is no one way to choose the perfect dentist. Let’s take a look at some of the ways and things to consider when looking for the right dentist for you and your family.
Choosing your dentist
One of the first things you can do to find a dentist is to ask your friends, family or co-workers. More than likely, one of them has a dentist that they can recommend. You can also consider asking your primary care doctor or your pharmacist. The medical community often know one another and can give great recommendations on a dentist. If you are moving or relocating to a new area, you can ask your current dentist for a recommendation. Your current dentist may know a dental professional in the new area you are moving to. A quick and easy way to find a dentist is to visit the American Dental Association (ADA) website at www.ada.org. Every member of the ADA dental professional has made a promise to put the health and well-being of you first and is committed to being ethical and honest.
Once you have a few recommendations for dentists, you may want to consider calling or visiting more than one. Making sure that you and your dentist is a good fit is important. Additional things to contemplate when choosing a dentist include:
- The type of insurance the dentist accepts. Make sure that if you have dental insurance, the dentist will take your dental insurance.
- Ensure that the office hours fit into your work and life schedule.
- The distance between the dental office from your work or home.
- Consider the dentist’s philosophy on preventative dentistry.
- The process for after-hour dental emergencies for the office. Many dental offices make arrangements with dental colleagues or an emergency referral service to handle these issues.
- Ask for estimates on common procedures such as full mouth X-rays, oral exam and cleaning, and filling a cavity.
- Note if the office, equipment, and work areas are clean, up to date, neat, and orderly.
- Consider if the dental staff answer your questions in a kind and courteous manner.
Give us a call!
The dental professionals at California Dental Group are great to work with. All of our dentists and staff are committed to providing you and your family the best dental care possible by using the latest dental techniques. Give us a call at (800) 407-0161 to set up your appointment with us!