Choosing your general dentist is vital for both your dental health and your smile. If you’re looking for a new general dentist either on a short term or long term basis, you’re advised to do your research first before making a choice. Here’s how to choose a general dentist:
1. Check qualification
Education and qualification should always come first when trying to narrow down your options to just one dentist. Ensure your dentist is qualified by requesting to see their papers and licensing for their business.
Any dentist in the US is either a doctor of dental surgery (DMS) or doctor of dental medicine (DMD). The two degrees provide proof that the doctor has undergone two years of pre-dental college and another four in undergraduate training in dentistry.
There is no better person to approach if you want to learn about a dentist than someone they have served. Review sites provide the best platform to meet clients and learn about prospective dentists and their history with clients.
Choose the dentist with a good balance of a number of reviews and a number of positive reviews. You may also want to check star ratings to help you narrow down your options further.
3. Location and working hours
Dental office location should matter when choosing a general dentist for you and your family.
Choose the general dentist located closest to your home to make it easy to schedule appointments you can honor, and in time. Working days and hours should also be when you have the time to pay the office a visit. The dentist should also be willing to alter their program to accommodate your schedule.