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How to Choose a New Dentist

Are you new to the area or looking for a new dentist for you and your family? It can be a bit overwhelming when it comes time to find someone that you can trust will be gentle, attentive, and affordable all at the same time. Dental care requires routine maintenance, so skipping trips to the dentist isn’t a great idea. Here are some great tricks for finding the right new dentist for you: 

Ask Your Friends, Co-workers, and Neighbors

Word of mouth is the absolute best way to find a trusted dental provider. Most people are very honest when it comes to their dental experiences, so finding a dentist that several people recommend can be a great indicator as to what type of practice that they run. 

Check Online

Review websites like Yelp! are great resources when it comes to finding new restaurants…so why not a dentist? Using popular search engines is an excellent way to read through a large number of reviews when you’re considering one dentist over another. Just keep in mind that people with bad experiences are much more likely to voice their opinion than those who did not…so take everything with a grain of salt! You might also find the practice’s Facebook webpage to see how many people have “checked-in” or reviewed the business. 

Call the Office

What does the office sound like when you call? Is the receptionist friendly and attentive, or do they seem distracted and too busy to talk? Although the front desk isn’t who sees you once you’re in the dental chair, they’re a great reflection when it comes to the overall mood of the dental office.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists


Tips for Finding a Good Dentist

Finding a qualified dentist is easy – just let your fingers do the walking through the yellow pages or Google dentists in your area. But finding a dentist that you are comfortable with takes a little more work.

Before even starting your search, ask yourself some questions:

Do you prefer a male or female dentist? 

Sex matters to many people when they choose a health care professional, and dentists are no exception, probably because of the personal nature of dental care. Sometimes, there is some embarrassment involved when going to see the dentist for the first time in awhile and you might be more self conscious with a man or woman as your practitioner.

Do you want a DDS or DMD? 

Believe it or not, this makes no difference at all and should not be a factor in choosing a dentist. Both DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) mean the same thing, that the dentist has a four year undergraduate degree plus three years of dental school. The type of degree is decided by the college or university.

What you may want to look at instead is whether the dentist went to an accredited school, and how much actual experience he has.

Do you require sedation? 

Some people have so much anxiety about going to the dentist that they sometimes cannot go through with the smallest procedure. If so, you need a dentist who offers sedation dentistry, and not all offer nitrous oxide or other methods.

Do you need a dentist with a specialty? 

Do you have special needs that require a specialist such as a periodontist, orthodontist or pediatric or cosmetic dentist? Are you disabled? These are all important considerations.

Do you feel comfortable with your dentist? 

After your first meeting, you should have a sense of whether you liked or disliked your dental professional. How was his chair side manner? Was he welcoming and accommodating or businesslike and hurried? What about the staff, did you find them friendly and helpful?

Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates



5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dentist

Finding the right dentist can be a lot like choosing a mate. If you take your time to find the right one who is really compatible with you, it can result in a long-lasting, even lifelong, relationship.  To help you in the selection process, here are five questions to keep in mind:

1. What kind of dentist do you need? 

You may notice in your local listings that some dentists names are followed by the initials DDS, which stands for doctor of dental surgery, and some by the initials DMD, which stands for doctor of dental medicine. The truth is, there is no real difference, other than semantics, between the two. It all depends on where they obtained their degree.

Most dentists, however, specialize. There are cosmetic dentists, family dentists, pediatric dentists, periodontists and orthodonists. Make sure when you are shopping for a dentist, you look for one who can accommodate your specific needs.

2. Does the dentist accept your insurance?

If you have some sort of dental or Medicaid that covers dental visits, make sure your dentist accepts the insurance. This can narrow your choices considerably.

3. What kind of credentials does the dentist have?

Just as you would want to know the background of a person you are dating, you want to find out as much as you can about a dentist you might choose. Where did they go to school? How long have they been practicing? Do they referrals you could call?

4. Is the office friendly and professional?

Visit the dentist’s office for a consultation. Is the office clean and neat? Is the staff friendly? Does the dentist do the cleanings or is there a dental hygienist who does them? Do you feel comfortable when you are there?

5. Is the office convenient?

Where is the dentist’s office located and is it convenient to either your home or office? If it is far away or had to get to in a rush hour emergency, you might want to think twice.


Choosing the Right Dentist For You and Your Family

Choosing the right dentist takes a little bit of effort, but the results will be well worth it.  You may be inclined to choose the dentist closest to your home or work to minimize the travel time.  Convenience is important, but it’s not the only factor to consider.

You should first understand that not all dentists practice all types of dentistry.  Some dental practices are more comprehensive than others and some dental offices specialize in a particular type of dentistry such as oral surgery or orthodontics (braces).   You should start by looking for a general practice or family practice that can handle your routine dental care needs such as cleanings, fillings, check-ups and other general dental care.

Find out about the scope of the dentist’s practice.  Is it a single practitioner or a group of dentists practicing together?  If establishing a strong rapport with your dentist and his or her staff including the dental hygienists, dental assistants, and office staff is important to you, a sole practitioner or small dental practice may be a better choice.  You will receive more personalized treatment at a smaller practice.

The primary limitation for a smaller dental practice is that the practice may be limited to general dentistry and certain cosmetic procedures.  Each office is different so if you anticipate needing a certain type of dental procedure such as orthodontics or dental implants, check to see if the office offers that procedure.  If not, find out about their referral practice.

On the other hand, if you prefer a practice that offers a wider variety dental procedures, you may want to consider a larger practice with many dentists who specialize in different areas of dentistry.  This type of practice is more likely to offer extended hours and weekend appointments if these are important to you.

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