Selecting a dentist is much more than looking up an office in the yellow pages. You need to find a doctor that meets your needs especially since continuity is key in maintaining good oral health. By regularly visiting the same dentist you build a partnership that involves both key ingredients- your needs and the dentist’s commitment to your care.

  • Reputation
    • Researching a potential dentist has never been easier. The internet allows for you to research what others are saying about the dentist and their practice. Today’s review sites have methods to weed out any “canned” or planted reviews allowing you to read real patients thoughts and recommendations. If others find them to be trustworthy and competent you should as well.
  • Education
    • Have they furthered their education by attending continuing education courses to stay on top of the latest trends in dentistry? By staying abreast of the latest techniques you can be assured they are able to offer you the best treatment options.
  • Flexibility to meet your lifestyle
    • Does the practice offer hours that work with your schedule. Do they have early morning and late evening hours? Are they open on Saturdays? If you have to adjust your busy schedule to accommodate limited office hours then you should look elsewhere.
  • Are they certified to administer sedation
    • Many people have a phobia of going to the dentists and put off visits because of their fear. Is the dentist certified to administer sedation to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during any necessary treatments you may need.
  • Is the office comfortable and inviting
    • Besides all of the above it is also important to have a support staff that is friendly and willing to take the time to answer any questions you may have. Are you treated like a guest or looked at as just another appointment? Are the waiting area and exam rooms clean and comfortable? Do you want to spend time there? Have they invested in the latest technology- Digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras, lasers to name a few.

All of these points are important to ask yourself when it comes to selecting a dentist. Just like your family practice doctor you are looking to form relationship that you can be comfortable with to meet your oral health needs for the long term. Let us know in the comments what were the most important things you considered when choosing your family dentist.