Looking for a new dentist can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep in mind that your oral health is critical to your whole body health (oral health has been connected to risk of diabetes, dementia, heart disease and other health concerns), and don’t settle for the first dentist you find in the yellow pages.
If you are moving to a new town, talk with your current dentist prior to leaving. Your current dentist may have contacts through dental school or a professional organization and may be able to make a recommendation for a great dentist in your new town. The standard rate for dental procedures can vary from area to area. If you are in a new town, you can assess prices at several dentists by calling and asking how much they typically charge for services like fillings, crowns and routine checkups.
If you get advice from colleagues, family or friends, make sure they have had more than just routine cleanings and checkups at the dentist they mention. Once you have some names, you can search the Internet for reviews about them. Keep in mind that Internet reviews vary in quality and focus on those that get specific.
During your first visit, make sure you feel comfortable. Your dentist should explain and justify what needs to be done. Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to make your first visit your last if you are not happy, but keep in mind that quality dentistry is worth every penny.