After you have a few recommendations for a new dentist, you may want to call or visit more than one of them. Again, your relationship with your dentist is very important, so make sure you are a good fit for one another.
Here are a few more things to consider when choosing a dentist:5
- Do they take your dental insurance?
- Do they have office hours that fit your schedule?
- Do they have an office close to your home or workplace?
- How do they approach preventive dentistry?
- How do they handle after-hour emergencies? Most have arrangements with a colleague or an emergency referral service.
- Ask them about their costs. It's OK to ask for estimates on some common procedures such as full-mouth X-rays, an oral exam and cleaning, and filling a cavity.6
- Do they have a missed-appointments policy?
If you decide to visit a dentist's office, make sure you take note of the following:
- Is their office clean, neat and orderly?
- Does their equipment appear to be clean and up to date?
- Did the dental staff answer your questions in a kind and courteous manner?
- Do the dentist and staff wear gloves and protective gear?
Just like any other doctor, you owe it to yourself to spend a little time getting to know your new dentist. Choosing one may seem like an easy task. But remember, dental care is a very personal service and you want this relationship to last for years and years.7