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Find a dentist – What to consider when looking for a new dentist

Dental Shop Staff Writer | August 31, 2016

Dental care is a top priority when it comes to health and hygiene maintenance. In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth daily, your teeth should be professionally cleaned by a dentist from time to time. It is recommended that you see the same dentist on a regular basis so that you can establish a comfortable relationship as the dentist develops an understanding of your individual needs. You will ultimately form a partnership with a dentist so that you are able to track any mouth issues and take care of them right away.


Maybe you need a new dentist because you recently moved some place new, maybe you switched insurance or you feel dissatisfied with your current dentist; any reason to switch is a reason to start looking.


So...where do I start?


The best place to start looking for your new dentist is by simply asking friends, family, neighbors and coworkers if they have any personal recommendations for dentists they see or have seen in the past. Choosing a dentist can also become easier or more complicated based off your individual or family's needs, and the following should be considered:


  • Firstly, is the practice accepting new dental clients right now?
  • Location: is it close to where you live, work, or go to school?
  • Insurance: Do they accept my dental insurance plan?  Use this find a dentist link to search for dentist that accepts Dental Insurance Shop plans.
  • Appointment times: do they offer early morning or evening appointments if that happens to works best for your schedule?
  • Does the practice offer services to adults, children, or both?
  • Does the practice offer any sedation services to ease potential anxieties?
  • Are emergency treatment services offered? (Example: chipping a tooth on a Sunday afternoon)
  • Do the dentists stay up-to-date on their Continuing Education opportunities and newest procedures?


You can also be proactive by calling the dental office directly to ask questions and voice concerns related to your personal dental care needs. If the responses satisfy your expectations, make an appointment with the practice that feels like the best fit for your sitatuion.

Category: Individual Dental