The average American spends $500+ per year on dental care. This is purely for regular checkups and minor treatments. If additional treatments are required (braces, crowns, veneers, etc.) in any one year, this figure can be in excess of $5,000. With figures like these, it’s vital that you are happy with the dental clinic you register with.
Read on for how to find the best dentist for you.
1. Get Recommendations for the Best Dentist from Family and Friends
If you do a local search to find a dentist, you are likely to be presented with a good number of options. If you live in a large town or city, the choice can be overwhelming. When it comes to how to find a good dentist, an excellent source is friends and family, or even colleagues.
Someone with experience of a specific clinic can provide a solid opinion and answer some of your most burning questions.
2. Read Reviews
Even if you have received some good dentist recommendations, still do your own investigations. You can obtain a good sense of a dentist from online reviews.
To get the most from reviews, visit various websites. It is unlikely for a dentist to post negative reviews on their own site so look to sites like Yelp, Facebook, and ZocDoc to get a feel for what the patients think.
3. Check the Clinic Offers the Services You Require
Not all dental practices offer the same services or have the same focus. The clinic you choose should have the focus that is most important to you. For example – are you looking for a family-friendly dentist or one where cosmetics and aesthetics are the priority?
Although generally, the basic services will be the same, each dentist will have their own philosophy. It’s important you are comfortable that your needs are within the focus of the clinic.
4. Check Qualifications and Certifications
There are various ways to ensure your dentist is professional and suitably accredited. They will generally display their certifications in a public area in the clinic or will note them on their website.
You can also look for evidence of professional association. As well as the national American Dental Association, they might also be affiliated to a local association or other national bodies such as the Academy of General Dentistry, or the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
5. Pay a Visit to the Clinic
A personal inspection of the dentist office is the best way to know if you will be happy to be treated there. Everything on a website shows the dental practice premises and facilities in a favorable light so it is best seen in person.
The important observations to make are about cleanliness and hygiene. Everywhere should be clean and tidy and there should be no clutter.
Look at the equipment. You might not be able to judge if it the most up-to-date technology but check for signs of excess wear and tear.
The best dentist for you is one that you have taken time to check out and are comfortable with.
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