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How To Find The Perfect Dentist For You

Updated on October 26, 2014

It is important to have a regular dentist. When you do, they not only have a better understanding of your oral history, but they also have a better understanding of who you are and what you need. Whether you have just moved or you are tired of your dentist and looking for the perfect dentist for you, this article has some tips to think about.

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4 Steps To Finding The Perfect Dentist For You

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1. Get a Recommendation

Recommendations can give you an important insight into a dentist office that you may not otherwise get. Asking friends, family, neighbors, or even strangers who they recommend can help you determine what dentist in your area is really someone you would consider seeing.

Most services and products run off recommendations and reviews, and there is a good reason for that. If people don’t like a place or service, they usually say so. And if they really like it, they also say so.

Use those ‘reviews’ to help you decide who is the perfect dentist for you.

However, remember that even though someone thinks their dentist is the best, you may not agree. I know my dad has certain favorite doctors that I would never, ever go to. We have a difference in opinion as to what makes a doctor really good, and this is the same with dentists.

Someone may click with a dentists personality, whereas you may find them annoying or rude. That is why it is important to go through steps 2-4 before you ultimately decide on the perfect dentist for you.

2. Do Your Comparisons

If you find a few dentists that you like, then don’t just flip a coin and go to one. Take some time to compare what each dentist offers, and whether or not they will be a good fit for you. Remember, you are looking for the perfect dentist, one you will spend a lot of years with.

Questions to ask are:

  • Do they have office hours that coincide with your schedule?
  • Can you go there without an appointment if you have a dental emergency?
  • Do they have a payment plan if you can’t afford what is being done?
  • Do they offer easy access by car or bus, or will you have to walk a while?

All of these things are important when considering the perfect dentist for you – they need to match up with your life and needs.

3. Go For A Visit

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Once you find a dentist that fits your needs, make sure you go for a visit to see the dentist office in person. Just because they have everything you need on paper, doesn’t mean that are going to be the perfect dentist office for you. They may be dirty, rude, or inconsiderate, and that is not something that anyone wants in a dentist office.

Check out the waiting room. Look around to see how the people in the waiting room and office look. If they are unhappy and miserable, then that may be a good indication of what the atmosphere is like on a regular basis.

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4. Have A Chat With The Dentist

Lastly, you need to meet the dentist in person. There is no other way to see whether or not you really like them, their attitude, and the way they approach treatment.

Ensure that your dentist really cares about your oral health and not just about the bill you have to pay. A dentist who cares will do a much better job than a dentist who doesn’t, and you will be much happier with them.

It can be hard to tell whether or not a dentist is being sincere because they may put on a good face during your first meeting to get you to come back. However, I find that your gut instinct will help you decide whether or not they are really being genuine.

Note: If your gut tells you that this is NOT the dentist for you then listen to that gut feeling, chances are it is right.

The above 4 steps are really important when looking for the perfect dentist for you. Take you time to find someone that you can build a relationship and trust. After all, your oral care affects the rest of your health, so your dentist is a big part of your overall health.

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    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari 

      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thanks Alecia - My last dentist was kind of a jerk, and it only took me one visit to realize that I needed to keep looking! It is important to be comfortable.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I'm definitely in the market for a dentist and want to make sure I find the right one. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing them.

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      Janet Giessl 

      5 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you for sharing this useful hub. It's not always easy to find the right dentist.

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