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Dentist dilemma: How to start searching for the right dentist

Finding a dentist isn't hard. But finding the right dentist for your family, can be a challenge. Rather than choosing a random name out of the phone book or from a web page, you might want to take some time to do a little research.

Here are some of the things you should consider before choosing a new dentist:

Review your insurance coverage

Take some time to review your dental insurance details. It's a good idea to be certain about what is and isn't covered, what percentages are paid by insurance, and what deductibles are required.

Consider any unique needs

If you have children, you will want to select a dental practice that has a pediatric dentist. If you need an adult dentist that specializes in gum disease, dental implants, or adult orthodontia (braces for adults), you'll want to know if the practice you're considering has these specialists.

Check with your insurance company for a list of dentists in your area

The most affordable dentists are the ones included in your insurance plan. From that list you could choose a provider who is close to home or one closer to your workplace. There are likely several to choose from in both cases.

Ask for recommendations

Family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors will have some experience with dentists in your area. They can offer opinions on which dentists you might try, as well as the ones you should avoid. If you've recently moved, you could ask your former dentist for a recommendation, or try contacting your state dental society.

Read online dentist reviews

The Internet is a great source of information. Just enter the name of the dental practice or dentist into a search engine and you will likely see reviews from patients. Often there will be opinions of the dentists, as well as the office staff, hours, etc. You can also review the dental practice's website if one is listed. You may learn something that will help you decide if that practice is right for you.

Once you have all of this information, you can narrow down your list to a few good choices. You can then call each office to get specific details, such as the days they are open, office hours, etc. You might even consider stopping by so you can get a feel for the personality of the place. For a few more tips on what to look for at the dental office, see this article.

The search for a dentist doesn't have to be complicated or overwhelming. Just take a little time to do some research so you can find the right dentist for you and your family.

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