How to Choose a Dentist

How to Choose a Dentist

The 9 tips below are generally agreed upon to be the top reasons for choosing your new dentist :

LOCATION AND ACCESSIBILITY

Choose a location that is near your home, work, or place of study. It will make it easier to get to your appointments hassle free and on time! Some offices will be located near public transit, protected bike lanes, etc.

FLEXIBLE HOURS

Some offices offer convenient evening and weekend appointments for those who are unable to make it during the day.

TIMELY APPOINTMENTS

In case of a dental emergency, choose a dental office that is able to fit you in a timely manner. Some offices offer methods for contact after hours so you are able set up an appointment to see your dentist on the next business day (email, after hours phone number, etc.)

DIRECT BILLING

For your convenience, some dental offices offer direct billing to your insurance company. This means that you only pay what your insurance policy does not cover. This courtesy will avoid paying large out of pocket costs and waiting for insurance to reimburse you.

UPFRONT COMMUNICATION

Clear honest communication about your oral health is very important. It is crucial to find a dentist that you can trust in regards to treatment options, costs, etc.

BEDSIDE MANNER

Finding a gentle and attentive dentist will help ease your dental visits and make them more enjoyable and comfortable.

FRIENDLY STAFF

When visiting the dentist, you also interact with front desk staff, assistants, and hygienists. It is important to choose an office with positive staff who work well as a team and who are friendly and respectful to all patients.

NO PAIN

When deciding to stick with a dentist for the long term, it is important to find a dentist that is able to minimize pain and discomfort during an appointment.

DENTIST EXPERIENCE AND PATIENT REVIEWS

Some patients choose a dentist based on long term experience and other patient testimonials. Most testimonials can be found on Google, Yelp, Facebook, and Ratemds.

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