5 Tips for Choosing the Right Dentist

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Do you need to find a new dentist? Maybe you’ve moved, switched jobs or just want to make a change. There are many dental office choices, so it can take time to find one that fits your needs. So don’t wait until you have oral pain to pick a dentist. Here are five tips to help you choose the right dentist.

1. Location – Most people prefer to see a dentist who is close to their home or work. They find it easier to schedule appointments before going to work, during lunch, or later in the day when they’re headed home. On your digital device search for dentists in your preferred area. Make a list of your top choices.

2. Reviews – Check online reviews for the dentists on your list. Also, read the comments posted by patients. Ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers or doctor for feedback about the dentists.

3. Website – Most dentists have a website with information about their office, along with pictures, hours, policies, philosophy and background information. Look for answers to these questions:

  • Is the location easy to access?
  • Will the office hours fit your schedule?
  • Do you like the dentist’s philosophy about dental care, including the use of medications to help you relax during treatment?
  • What is the office policy on missed appointments?
  • What are the fees for services? When is payment due?
  • If you have dental insurance, does the dentist accept your plan?

If you can’t find answers to these questions online, call the office and talk with the office manager.

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4. Visit – Identify your top choices and stop by their offices. Is the office clean and organized? Do the dental professionals wear gloves, masks and other protective apparel? Are the dentist and team members friendly and helpful? Look around to ensure you’ll feel comfortable.

5. Appointment – Choose your favorite and schedule an appointment for a dental checkup and cleaning. Ask the dentist for a complete report on your oral health. Be suspicious if the dentist recommends a long list of treatments, such as new fillings, crown replacements or oral surgery. Request a written plan with the costs. If the treatment plan seems unreasonable, consider getting a second opinion from another dentist.


  • Neelesh Shah ,

    Very well explained, nice tips for Choosing the Right Dentist. Informative and concise.
    Thanks for Sharing.

    • Ellen Hughes ,

      I do like that you said that you can ask your friends, family, neighbors, and other people for a feedback about the dentist that they may have used. This is something that I will make sure to remember because I’m planning to see a general dentist. To be honest, it’s my first time visiting a general dentist, so I don’t know where to go. Thanks for sharing this.

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