Choosing a dentist is not a decision to be made lightly. Since good oral health is essential to maintaining overall health, it is important to find a dental care provider who can properly meet your needs. Training, skills, accreditations, experience, and equipment all have a bearing on the quality of care you receive. Plus, finding a dentist you are comfortable with will mean you are more likely to attend appointments and have a positive experience while you’re there.
So, how do you go about finding the right dentist for you? This article explores the advice set out by the American Dental Association (ADA), plus some other useful tips that will help you choose a local dentist.
How to Start Your Search for a Dentist
The first thing you need to do when searching for a new dental care provider is to create a short-list of potential dentists. If you’re not sure where to start, consider the ADA’s recommendations:
Ask for Personal Recommendations: Speak to family, friends, neighbors, and even co-workers about the dentist they use. The chances are that if they have had a positive experience, your experience will be similar. This will also help you rule out any poor dental care providers in the area.
Get Recommendations from Your Doctor: Your general practitioner may be aware of dentists and oral surgeons in your local area who are known for providing top-quality care.
Speak to Your Current Dentist: If your reason for finding a new dentist is that you are moving, speak to your current dentist to see if they can recommend a dental care provider in your new city or state of residence.
Check Local Dental Society Directories: Institutions like the ADA and other local area dental societies may be able to recommend highly qualified dentists local to you. These directories tend to list professionals that specialize in a certain area of dentistry, which can come in handy for people who know they will require specific treatments.