7 Tips + 10 FAQs

Overwhelmed by your pick of dentists? Want to make sure you know how to find a good dentist? I’m confident you will have the tools you need to choose the perfect dentist’s office by the end of this article.

We’ll talk about what you need to know before selecting a new dentist, ways to find a great dentist, the right kind of questions to ask, and even how to spot a bad dentist.

Whether you’re looking because you’re in a new city, your employer switched dental insurance plans, your dentist is retiring, or you’ve just waited a really long time for a dental visit…No need to worry. There are many simple, straightforward ways to choose a dental services provider who’s right for you and your family.

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5 Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Dentist

How can you find a good local dentist? The best approach is to take it in stages.

Start by creating a short list of offices to check, then prepare to gather information. Before you know it, you’ll begin a new relationship with a great dentist that can last for years.

So, how do you begin making that list? Let’s look at five important factors in narrowing down your list of potential new dentists.

Factor #1: Is this provider in your dental insurance network?

US readers: dental insurance, particularly for preventative dental care (such as cleanings), may be a factor in choosing a dentist. Since it doesn’t work the same way as medical health insurance, I’ve outlined a few ways to understand working with a new dental practice below based on your insurance status.

If you’re unsure of the answer to this question, your healthcare provider should have a list of participating local dentists. This can typically be found on your health insurer’s website or through your employer (HR is a good place to start). The list can serve as a starting point in the search for the perfect dentist for you and your loved ones.

No dental insurance? No problem! Check out this article on how to keep up with dental visits sans dental insurance. (It’s not as hard as you might think.)

Here are a couple of great questions I’ve been asked on the topic of finding a dentist in your insurance network:

1. What if I’m satisfied with my current dentist, but they’re not in my network?

Keep going to the dentist you love!

To understand why this is probably the best choice, it’s important to know that dental prices are not standardized like medical charges.

In-network providers sign a contract in which

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