Health and Wellness

Finding a Family Dentist

11:51 AM

Perhaps you have relocated or need to find a new family dentist for another reason. There are many things that should be considered when searching for the right dentist. Of course you will want to find one that is experienced as well as licensed and can perform the procedures needed from cleanings to fillings and cosmetic dentistry. 


Recommendations 
Many people find their dentist through recommendations from family or friends. They may be recommended by their existing dentist. If your present dentist is retiring or moving his practice to another city or state, they will often recommend another dentist. With so many businesses having a web presence today, this is another way to search. Many have a review section where current or former patients can leave comments about their visit to this dentist and if they would recommend them to others. Some include photos of their office and exam rooms. They may also provide tours to potential patients before they make an appointment. One example of a dentist Brooklyn NY that offers tours is Park Slope Dentistry. 

Expertise 
The dentist you choose should have a DDS or a DMS degree from an accredited school. States vary on licensing requirements, but before being licensed they must have the education required and pass clinical and written exams. Many states require dentists to display their license in an area where it can be easily viewed by patients. If you do not see a license, you should ask and beware if they cannot provide one. You can go online and do your own search. Check on degrees, continuing education, and anything else you deem relevant as well as what schools the dentist you are considering has attended. 

Communication 
In addition to having a pleasant demeanor, communication is essential to choosing the right dentist for your family. They should be willing to explain the procedures they will be performing and what you should expect. Explaining everything in a way that is easily understood is important. A dentist should answer any questions you might have to your satisfaction. 

You will also need to make sure the dentist you choose accepts your insurance because not all dentists accept all types. If you do not have dental insurance, most dentists accept checks and credit cards. Some have payment plans that allow you to make an initial payment and the rest over time. This is convenient for procedures that may be somewhat expensive.

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