Choosing a new dentist is a very important decision for you and your family. You are entrusting your dental well being to someone you probably have not met before.
Most people count on recommendations from friends, family or doctors. Some people also like to look for reviews online. However, your needs and wants may differ from others.
Most dentists are well trained in many dental procedures. You want someone that is up to date with the newest techniques. You want someone that does a complete exam. The dentist should explain all your needs clearly. All treatment options should be clearly explained before treatment starts.
You want to look for someone that fits your needs best. If you have kids you may want to have someone that treats the whole family so you do not have to go to different offices. It is also convenient to find someone close to home or work. When you have insurance, you may want to look for someone that is in your network.
Once you choose a dentist and get to the office, you want to make sure it is a clean and pleasant office. The staff should make you feel welcomed once you arrive to your appointment. You want to make sure all your concerns are heard so you feel comfortable. Most patients do not like going to the dentist, so you want to make sure you feel very comfortable with the dentist and staff that are taking care of your dental needs.
Ultimately it is important that you and your family feel comfortable so you go for checkups and cleaning regularly!