How to Choose a Dentist

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Step 1: Location

You want the office to be close to work, home, and school. Things change all the time, having a dentist that’s close and easy to locate can take out a lot of the hassle. Hours matter to as well. People are all up early and out the door and don’t stop all day, having dentistry with flexible hours is a redeeming quality. You also want the office to appear clean. Is it its own separate building? Or in a mall? Is it well lit and give off a welcoming vibe? No one particularly enjoys going to the dentist, but going to an inviting place can make it seem like less of a task.

Step 2: Staff

The staff should be welcoming. That covers everyone from the receptionists to the actual dentist. You want to know that the staff is knowledgeable and willing to work with you on your schedule. Most dental practices have their own website where you can do a little fishing and background checking. This is crucial if you want to establish a relationship with your dentist instead of just visiting. Another helpful thing you can do is ask your neighbors, or your local pharmacy for recommendations. And of course, don’t forget to check ranking sites like Yelp, Yellowpages, and Google plus for consumer reviews. Lastly, make a trial visit. You don’t have to decide on a location right away, so it’s beneficial to go in at meet the staff in person to make a better decision.

Step 3: Services

Your dentist should be your one stop shop for all of your dental needs. If you need a crown, x-ray, cavity filling, extraction or any other service, you want to make sure I can get it done in the same place. Again, checking the practices website or calling the reception desk can answer these questions. Other things to keep in mind would be does the dentist cater to services? What insurance do they accept? Do they have financial planning? All can factor in to making your final decision.

Special thanks to Alyssa Berg for this article. She manages the marketing for derksendentistry.com, a  family dentist in Lansing, Michigan.

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