Our teeth our some of our most valuable assets. They help us eat, they help us speak, and they help us smile at our fellow human beings. Almost all of the respondents in a survey (over 99.5%) see a healthy smile as important to everyday life. So finding the right dentist for you and your whole family is a big decision. But how do you decide? Here are some things to keep in mind.
Finding a Dentist Near You
It may seem obvious, but location matters. While you may be willing to drive a certain distance for specialized care, your general dentist should be relatively close by. And don’t rely on signs and window labels — many dentistry signs are surprisingly low-key, and you may have passed by several without even knowing it. When the time comes to find a dentist, do a Google search for the nearest location. You might be surprised at what you can find nearby.
Finding a Dentist You Can Afford
Most dental insurance covers semi-annual dental exams and professional dental cleanings, but before you seek more specialized care, find out what portion (if any) of the procedure will be covered by your plan. Even orthodontic correction, which many consider to be more health-related than cosmetic, is very rarely covered by typical insurance. If you’ll need to pay out-of-pocket for the procedures you or your family needs, make sure you know your dentist’s prices up front. Many offices today offer flexible payment options and financing.
Finding a Dentist You Can Trust
A broad menu full of procedures and an office full of the most modern dental technologies are helpful… but if your dentist doesn’t inspire confidence and trust, you should find a new practitioner. Your teeth are too valuable an asset to settle for anything less than a competent, caring, and trustworthy dentist, who can treat not just you but your family with the utmost professionalism and care.
What do you look for in a good dentist? Please feel free to share your comments in the field below.