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Finding an Atlanta Dentist that is Right for You

Updated on May 7, 2009

Selecting the Ideal Dentist for Your Needs

Regardless of whether you have just moved to the Atlanta area or have lived there for years, having an Atlanta dentist that you are comfortable with is important. But how do you find the right dentist for your needs? It doesn’t hurt to talk to friends, family members, and coworkers etc, to find out who they recommend, then use the following tips and questions in selecting your Atlanta dentist (or anywhere else in the US for that matter).

Questions:

1. Is the dentist prevention oriented? It’s better to take care of your teeth through preventative maintenance that to spend time and money repairing damage later on.

2. How available is the dentist? Be sure the dentist is available for emergencies after hours or on the weekends/holidays.

3. Does the dentist think of you as a partner when it comes to treatment? Instead of telling you what to do, does he/she explain the situation and help you develop a course of action based on your needs—not just what your insurance will cover.

4. Has the dentist and the assistants participate in continuing education classes? You want your dentist’s knowledge to be up-to-date, using the lasted techniques, test and procedures.

Concerns:

1. Note office cleanliness-If the work space is clean, including the corners of the rooms, you can generally count on everything else being clean and sterile as well.

2. Is the staff courteous and kind? The front desk receptionist should be polite, and when you call should not put you on hold without asking, not should you be kept on hold for more than 2 minutes. Also, you should be given some choice in scheduling appointments.

3. A good dentist will explain the techniques and procedures to and give you an idea of what it will cost before doing the work.

4. It is wise to have X-rays at least every two years-make sure the dentist is willing to do this.

5. Preventative measures such as fluoride, treatments, fissure sealants, and pit sealants are all ways to keep extra dental procedures to a minimum. Be sure the dentist uses all these, whenever necessary.

Having someone you trust and can talk to is and important part in the selection of a dentist. Be sure you find a dentist who is pro-active in keeping your teeth looking their best. When you do your part (flossing, brushing, fluoride, etc.) they can do the rest.

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