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Top Ten Qualities of a Great Dentist

Do you have a Princeton cosmetic dentist that you absolutely love to go to? Once you have a great dentist you tell others as well because having a great dentist is very important. You want to know that you can trust your dentist to fully take care of your oral health.

Here is a list of the top ten qualities for a great dental professional.

  • A Calm Presence: A great dentist can calm even the most anxious patient.
  • Education: A great dentist will work to educate their patients. In addition, they will encourage their patients to follow healthy habits when it comes to oral care.
  • Gentle: Great dentists really understand how sensitive a patient’s mouth is. They will work hard to minimize pain and also discomfort.
  • Technology: Great dentists are in the know about the newest technologies. They are able to utilize it to best serve their practice and provide excellent dental care.
  • Environment: Dental offices with a welcoming and homelike environment are considered great. Having an office like this will calm patients upon arrival.
  • Knowledge: Great dentists are always continuing their education. These dentists are fully committed to making themselves better dentists.
  • Connections: Great dentists work hard to involve patients in decisions regarding their dental care.
  • Passionate: A great dentist will be extremely passionate about dental care. These dentists look to help patients excellent oral health.
  • Staff: A great dentist will also have an excellent support staff .
  • Scientific Knowledge: Great dentists will have an extensive knowledge of oral hygiene and the most up to date dental treatments.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care



Finding the Best Dentist in Your Home Town

If you’ve just moved or found yourself in need of locating a new dentist, it can take some time before you find the right one. In fact, many people experience a gap in dental care when they are between dentists, because time simply gets away from them until they experience a dental emergency and find that they need to locate a new dentist as soon as possible. Here are some things to consider when you’re trying to find the best new dentist in your hometown:

Ask your friends who they use.

One of the biggest complements that dentists can receive is to have their existing patients refer their family, friends, and colleagues to the practice. This is a big signal to you as a prospective patient, that the office is doing something great! If your friends absolutely love their dentist and can’t get enough of him or her, then chances are you’ll be happy there as well.  

Does the office accept your insurance plan?

Ah, yes, the insurance topic. Finding a care provider that accepts your insurance plan can make a big difference if you have significant treatment needs. Even if the provider isn’t part of the in-network plan, there’s a chance that they can still accept out of network benefits (as long as you are ready to cover the difference.) For the right dentist, this financial aspect can be one of the main factors in your decision. 

Find out what type of services the office provides.

Are you considering certain treatments, like cosmetic dentistry, dental implants or braces? Call the office or check out their website to find out if they provide the type of treatment you have in mind, then schedule a consultation to meet with them in person.

Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.




Choosing a Dentist

If you’ve moved to a new town it can be a hard decision when it comes to choosing a new dental care provider. Putting off preventive dental care can result in the development of oral diseases that won’t be found until later on when you start feeling the symptoms. It’s important to be able to find someone you trust and are comfortable with that can provide you with preventive care early on when you move to a new town.

You can first begin looking for a dentist by asking coworkers, family, friends and neighbors about who they use. What have their experiences with the office been like? What type of financial policy does their dentist have with insurance coverage? Hearing repetitively good feedback about a certain provider can be a good way to start. Likewise, a couple of bad remarks from different people is a red flag that you probably won’t get the care you’re looking for in a particular office.

Do you need a specialist such as a pediatric dentist or cosmetic dentist? Or would you prefer a general family dentist that can see your entire family? Choosing the type of dentist and their location can help narrow down your choices. Do any of those dentists seem to have a better relationship with the community? Do they sponsor local organizations, schools and clubs? Chances are if they do, you’re likely to find someone that really cares about the community that their office is a part of.

Some patients prefer evening and weekend appointments. These times aren’t typical of traditional offices, but they’re getting to be more common in practices every day. Keep in mind that these appointments are usually the first ones to go, so schedule well in advance to be able to get the time that is best for your needs. 


Online Reviews of Dentists

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If you are looking for a great dentist for teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, you can find many different websites that offer reviews of dentists in your area.  These online reviews can be a great tool, but be sure to read any reviews with a critical eye.  Keep in mind that on many of the websites that allow reviews of dentists, anyone can post a review.  Also, the anonymous nature of the internet sometimes encourages people to say things that they might not say in a face to face encounter.

When evaluating internet reviews, what you are looking for is a consensus among the reviewers.  Wildly enthusiastic and very negative reviews are often suspect.  The writer could be someone who’s goal  is to boost or damage that dentist’s ratings rather than give an honest review.

Also, there are businesses who will write positive reviews for a fee.  If there seem to be a lot of lengthy, well written, positive reviews that all posted at about the same time, it is possible that they were written by professional writers rather than actual customers.

A good way to use online reviews is to read the reviews going back two to three years and ignoring the most positive and most negative reviews.  The reviews that are left will provide you with a pretty good picture of how well most patients are treated by that dental practice.  You should also have an idea whether the quality of care and customer service is improving or declining.

If the consensus is good, then you have probably found a high quality dentist that will provide you and your family with excellent care.  If the consensus is poor or it seems like there is an increase in negative reviews indicating a decline in care or customer service, you may want to keep looking.


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