Tips On How to Choose a Dentist In Your Area
By on May 07, 2014
You may be surprised just how hard it is to find the right dentist for you and your needs. It's not a decision that should be taken lightly, of course. Finding the right dentist is imperative if you want to have great dental health and a beautiful smile. Sometimes it may be hard to figure out where to start, especially since comfort and rapport are so important to finding the right dentist for you and your needs.
While we think that Clarksville Smiles is the ideal place for you and your family to visit, we want to provide some basic tips on how to choose a dentist. This will be especially helpful for people outside of the Clarksville area.
Starting Out: Search for Dentists Near You
In the old days, the phone book was the place to go to find dentists in the area. Now things are much easier thanks to the internet. Using Google, Bing, or other search engines, you can look up dental health professionals in the area with ease. This makes it very convenient to plan visits around free time or your current workplace.
Look Up the Dentist's Credentials
After you've spotted some practices in the area, be sure to look up the dentist or dentists who work at the practice. Find their bios and check their credentials. Make sure that they went to an accredited school and are part of some local and national dental health societies. The latter tends to demonstrate a commitment to the craft and to lasting patient wellness.
Read Reviews and Online Testimonials
Whether you're looking for a smile makeover to enhance your appearance or restorative care to address your dental health, it's important that you look up online reviews and patient testimonials. This will give you a great idea about the personality/chairside manner of the dentist as well as the feel of the practice. Actual patients will let you know if the practice really is concerned about patient wellness or if it's a high-pressure dental mill. Always avoid the latter since your health comes secondary at those sorts of places.
Reach Out to the Dental Practice for Yourself
Once you have some promising possibilities lined up, be sure to reach out to the practices directly. Ask questions about their dental treatment philosophy and what services they offer, and voice some of your concerns about your dental health. By interacting with a member of the team or multiple members of the team, you can learn a lot about what the atmosphere of the practice is like.
If you'd like, you can visit the practice in person to see if you feel comfortable there. Sometimes the look of the practice and the patients in the waiting room can communicate a lot about the values and nature of the people who work there.
Weigh All of Your Options Carefully
With all that info at your disposal and all your research done, you can make a great decision about your dental health. Be sure to consider all matters carefully and to go with your intuition when making your choice.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment
If you would like to schedule a consultation at our practice to find out if we are the right dental care team for you, be sure to contact our Clarksville cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Dr. Richard Ribeiro, Dr. Emily Boyd, and the rest of Claksville Smiles team look forward to meeting you in person and helping you get the smile that you have always wanted to have.
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“Dr. Ribeiro has been my dentist for many years, and he has always provided exceptional service. His staff is very professional and courteous. They always go out of their way to ensure I have a pleasant experience.” Tina Reed