You would think finding good dentists would be as easy as opening up the Yellow Pages to the D’s and letting your fingers do the walking. And of course, this is exactly how many people choose their oral health specialist. That doesn’t mean, however, that it is the best way. Think about it: what does an ad in the phone book really tell you about a service or a professional? Not much. If you want the best possible dental care for yourself and your family, here are some tips that can help you do just that.
First, decide what you want out of your dentists. Whether you’re looking for a general practitioner, a cosmetic specialist, an orthodontist, or a surgeon, knowing what services or which kind of dental equipment you require will help you immediately thin the field. Once you know the specific services you want, ask around. Ask the people you work with who they trust with their family’s oral care. Once you have a few names in hand, you’ll be able to move forward with more confidence.
Ask about emergency care. Some dentists will answer a call at any time of night or day if their patients need emergency work done. Others will have you make an appointment to come in first thing Monday morning. Certainly, this doesn’t need to be the only factor that goes into your decision making process, but it should be an important one. A tooth emergency is no laughing matter. An extreme toothache can make it feel as though the entire world is closing in on you and your pain. If you have a dentist you can call up and see immediately, it could save you an entire weekend of suffering.
You can also check with the American Dental Association (ADA). This list will not help you narrow down your search much, but it will give you an idea of the options in your area. It is also somewhat comforting to know that ADA members are notified of new information pertaining to the industry, and are encouraged to take advantage of the continuing education opportunities made available to them. You can learn more at ada.org
Finally, you can surf the Internet to find a plethora of options. I would recommend starting by entering your city followed by “dentistry” or “dentist”. The biggest benefit of searching this way is that a website can share a lot of information about a dentist’s education and specialty that you will not find in a standard business listing or Yellow Pages ad. The bad news is that this information may be incomplete, and you will have to invest some time to review all of the websites.
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