If you just moved into a new city, state, or province, one of the things that should be in your to-do list is finding a new dentist—this is especially important if you have children with you. And bear in mind, you don’t ‘just’ need a tooth doctor here, you’re looking for someone to handle the sensitive task of caring for your family’s dental health. Besides, do you really think you’re okay with the idea of opening your mouth and having it checked by a stranger you’re not even comfortable with?
But most importantly, finding the right dentist is important because you want to get your money’s worth when paying for dentist’s bills, and with dental health costs not exactly cheap these days, the right dentist can make the difference between getting value for money or spending far more than you should.
How to Start?
If you have friends or family in the neighborhood you just moved in, asking them for recommendations is a good place to start. Nothing beats word of mouth, but you don’t want it to be the ultimate deciding factor over your choice of dentist. Go online and search for dentists and clinics in your vicinity, taking note of each one’s proximity, hours, and reviews (if any).
Factors to Consider
Dental care is a very personal matter that prevents many people from making regular visits to their dentist. Moreover, different people have different opinions over what they want from a dentist, which is why there isn’t a concrete set of rules on how to choose a dentist. Still, there are some factors worth considering.
Convenience: If you have an irrational fear of the dentist, you’re likely to think of any excuse to weasel your way out of visiting one. Don’t make time and location another excuse. Go for a dentist near your home or office to reduce commuting time and procrastination.
Credentials: You’ll obviously want a dentist with the sufficient training, impressive credentials, and a solid track record of helping patients. Go ahead and ask your dentist where he went to school, where he received training, and what kind of continuing education he’s working on.
Rates: For people paying for dental care out of their own pockets, look for a dentist who’s straight to the point with the his dental rates and procedures. It’s also a good idea to look for a dentist with a flexible payment plan, allowing you to dampen the shock of your medical bills.