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Five Things to Look for in a Dentist

If you’re looking for a new dentist, here are five tips to keep in mind.

Five things to look for in a dentist
  1. Save money by staying in your Delta Dental network
    Visiting a Delta Dental network dentist is the easiest way to save some green. Use the Find a Dentist tool to find in-network dentists in your area.
  2. References are good
    If you want to know whether a dentist is good at taking care of his or her patients, ask the patients! Check with friends and family members to see which dentists they recommend.
  3. Ask the right questions
    Don’t be afraid to ask some pre-appointment questions to make sure the dentist is the right fit for you. A few good ones to ask: What are the after-hour emergency policies? What services are performed by this dentist? What will I need a specialist for? How do you stay current with the latest dental practices?
  4. Check out the office during your first appointment
    During your first appointment, take note of the office space. Is it clean and tidy? Is the staff friendly and accommodating? These are clear signs of a dental office that cares enough about patients to make them comfortable.
  5. Get information about fees and payments first
    Make sure that you and your dentist are on the same page about when charges and payments will be made, what fees apply to you and how you can get the most value for your money.

A little research goes a long way. Gather all of the information you need before committing to a dentist, and consider having a backup in mind. If you’re pleased with your dentist, you’re more likely to make and keep appointments – which will make your mouth happier and healthier!

Last updated: July 2014