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What to Look For in a New Dentist

Whether you’re moving to a new city or you want to find a new dentist where you live, there are a few things you should keep in mind before making your decision. Most dental offices can provide many of the same services, but there will be differences when you get down to the details. In this blog post, we’re going to review the most common criteria to help you choose a new dentist.

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Insurance/ Financial Policies 

If you use dental insurance to pay for your procedures, you’ll want to be sure the office accepts your particular kind. All offices are different, and most don’t take every type of insurance. Insurance is the first thing you’ll want to determine before narrowing down your selection. No insurance? No problem. Check out our In-house Patient Savings Plan

Office Hours 

The dentist’s schedule is critical if your job does not give time off for medical appointments. Our office opens at 8 a.m., giving our patients with 9-to-5 jobs the ability to be seen before work. If you have a specified day off from work and an office isn’t open on that day, you’ll want to think about if that is going to work for you. Be sure the dental office will be open during times that you’ll be available. 


How convenient is the dentist’s location? You’ll want to choose a dental office that you can get to in 15 minutes or less in case of a dental emergency. Plus, it is inconvenient to leave work or school for an appointment, only to spend more time driving than at the office. You should not only think about the distance from your home but also consider the distance from other places you frequent, including school or work. 

Clean Environment 

Nobody wants to walk into a dental office and suspect it to be unsanitary. Look at the prominent areas such as dirty floors, walls, and surfaces, and make sure there are no funky smells. Next, be sure that they are wearing clean protective gear. If you get any inkling that it isn’t clean, it probably isn’t clean, and you should go somewhere else. 

Friendly and Courteous 

While this isn’t necessarily a requirement, hostile or rude staff can quickly turn off patients. The team should be friendly and courteous, and you should feel comfortable talking to them or asking for help. Of course, dentists and hygienists get very close to their patients, so it’s best to be working with someone you know is friendly and makes it a somewhat pleasant experience.  

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What to Look for in a New Dentist

Whether you’ve moved, your previous dentist has retired, or you haven’t had a dentist in a while and need a new one, searching for a new dentist can be a bit stressful. Starting with a list of what you are looking for in a new dentist can help. Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you begin your search.

Insurance Requirements

Depending on your insurance plan, you might or might not have to see a dentist who is in the network to have your treatment covered. While it’s best not to choose a dentist based only on whether they are participating with your insurance company, the truth is that finances are a consideration for most patients. Take a look at who is in your plan. If you have a dental HMO (or a DMO), you won’t be able to out out-of-network and have the treatment covered at all. If you belong to a PPO or a POS plan, you will be able to see who you want, but you’ll pay more to see someone who is not in-network. Start with the list of dentists participating in whatever plan you have and go from there; if you cannot find a suitable dentist in that list, then you can decide at that point whether to go outside the network.

Location, Location, Location

Let’s be honest: Most people are not going to drive far out of their way to go to the dentist. Choosing a provider who is not near your home or your work might tempt you to skip checkups and cleanings. Convenience is often key when it comes to preventative care. Also, when you do have a toothache or need treatment, you won’t relish a long drive to or from the office. Look within several miles of both your home and your workplace to keep things simple.

Hours and Availability

If you work a traditional 9 to 5 job, you will probably want to find an office that offers some evening or weekend hours. Similarly, if you are off on Fridays, you’ll want to find an office that is open that day to make appointments easier. When you call offices that you are considering, find out how far they book out for both routine appointments and emergencies; while it’s normal for offices to book out weeks or even months in advance when it comes to cleanings, your chosen dentist should be able to see you promptly if you have a broken tooth or a toothache.

Your Gut Feeling

Finally, make an appointment with the top dentist on your list and make sure you feel good about the office. Is it clean? Is the staff friendly? Does the dentist have a good bedside manner? As long as you feel welcome and the dentist answers your questions, it might be the perfect office for you!

If you are looking for a new dentist, please give our office a call!