How To Find a Good Dentist

How to Find New Dentist

Friends' referrals are the #1 way to find a good dentist you can trust. Alternate methods of finding a dentist can also work, especially the use of the computer. This is my story of leaving an old style dentist and finding an upscale hospitable new dental office. You can follow along at my appointment and learn the important questions I asked and the reason for leaving my current dentist.

I decided for several reasons to find a new dentist, a major reason that I needed an upper denture to replace my loose decaying teeth. My dentist was in his 70's, and it was time to find a younger dentist with updated procedures. My dentist's office did not have current x-ray procedures, used the old-fashioned light and tray, had slowed down, and had difficulty locating patients' mouth issues. This was unacceptable to me.

The major items covered in this article are what to look for in a dental office,and will list all major amenities.

The Good Dentist

Finding a good dentist might make you feel special.
Finding a good dentist might make you feel special. | Source

What to Look For in a Dental Office

First, I asked my friends and neighbors for their recommendations. I received one excellent reference and visited the office to discuss my current needs. The following information discloses my results and exhibits the important issues to cover in your visit..

Adequate Staff

One dentist and eight staff members I was very impressed, as my old dental office had four staff members. Each staff member in this office has a specialty. I learned that the dentist took over an established practice.

Cleanliness

I found a very clean uncluttered office. Gloves and masks were worn by staff members. Instruments looked clean and sterile. The waiting room appeared adequate and contained comfortable chairs.

Friendliness

Friendly office staff greeted me immediately, and my waiting time was about ten minutes. Staff was casual but professional. The male dentist was in his thirties and had been in practice for twelve years. He was kind and possessed a good sense of humor.

Courtesy

Staff was polite and explained the office procedure, including expectation of payments and co-payments. The dentist told me they will be moving into a brand new building in two months

Paperwork

I completed paper work giving appropriate information, including my medical problems, medications and allergies. I later learned the office is careful to analyze your medicine before giving anesthetic.

X-rays

A staff member took a panoramic x-ray and posted it for all to see. The dentist assessed my needs from the film.

Other amenities

I watched a film about dentures and watched staff member type a summary of our discussion. This information appeared on a screen for all to see.

Emergency appointments

The office already scheduled my first visit as an emergency appointment, so that option already exists

Dentist's education

He graduated from a dental school in my area.

Brushing Teeth is Important

Dentists tell patients to brush teeth and floss.
Dentists tell patients to brush teeth and floss. | Source

A Good Dentist You Can Trust

Sometimes patients have difficulty  finding a good dentist.
Sometimes patients have difficulty finding a good dentist. | Source

Dentists' Day

Dentists' day sign Surely, good dentists will be present
Dentists' day sign Surely, good dentists will be present | Source

Other ways to find a dentist. Word of mouth is, in my opinion, the best way unless you are new to an area.

You can call the state dental society in your area, and this service will give you names.

Visit ADA.com to find the names of dentists.

Healthgrades.com gives ratings for dentists and doctors and compares them to others..


See links below for the above references and others that will help in your search and give good tips about dental care.

Summary

I hope you are able to find a good dentist and find satisfaction equal to mine. My dentist is the best that one can be. If you follow the recommendations above, you will be sure to look for all the right issues to make a decision. If you do not get a good recommendation from someone, see above for the alternate ways to find a dentist. You can search by zip-code, by name, and numerous other ways, as indicated. Locating a good dentist is one of the most important decisions in your life. Pick one you can trust, and you might even enjoy a visit to the dentist. A visit makes my day, because they make me feel special.

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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

My dentist is retiring. I am bookmarking this to take with me when looking for a new dentist. Well done. Good coverage of the entire subject. Voted up.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading and your comments. My dentist is about to retire, even though he denies it. I decided it was time to change. I enjoyed writing about my experience and hope what I covered helps you in your search. I found a wonderful dentist by asking all those questions. Thank you for saying I did good coverage of the entire subject. That is such a nice compliment. Good luck in your writing and your search for a dentist. Take care. I will look for your hubs.


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Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA

I'm a student dental health professional, and what I've found is that many people have experienced sub-par dentistry, a sad lack of dental information, and many times virtually no teachings on correct technique or Why we should brush and floss.

You've included a wonderful breakdown of what to look for in a dentist (and dental hygienist), and I only wish more people paid more attention to this sort of thing.

If anyone is interested in learning more about proper techniques and why we all need to clean our teeth twice a day, I've written quite a few hubs on this topic.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you so much for your kind words, faceless. I truly found a good dentist, one who even calls in four times a day when on tdy. He has a good sense of humor which we all need. I admire your choice of profession and know it takes knowledge and good customer service to go into that field. I know you will teach others to care for their teeth, and I believe your profile indicates you will have a professional degree. I will look for your hubs, and best of luck in your career and your writing.


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brakel2 20 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

You can look on the Internet for dentists in your city or go to Healthgrades for dentists to find a highly recommended dentist. You may have already found one. I wish you luck with your new dentist, Caleb. Blessings, Audrey


Nora Moore 20 months ago

I already pay attention to the cleanliness and friendliness of different places. If I'm paying for services, be they dental or anything else, I prefer to have friendly people around me. That makes sense that having adequate staff at your dental office can make a difference. How do you know how much staff is a good amount for different practices? I'll have to look into that. http://www.durhamdental.ca/


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brakel2 20 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thank you, Nora, for your comment on my article about dentistry. Many facets make up a good dental office. The final proof is how you are treated aver a period of time. Friendly and adequate staff is important, as you say, but adequate staff is not great if they are not good. Maybe it is true that you do not need a huge staff to be successful but just enough to care for patients. Stop by again to visit our site. Blessings, Audrey


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Atomo Dental 11 months ago from 1241 Quarry ln #125, Pleasanton CA 94566

Good article. Thanks.

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brakel2 9 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading my article and for your comment. Blessings, Audrey

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