7 Must Haves When Choosing a Dentist for Your Family

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7 Must Haves When Choosing a Dentist for Your Family

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Are you trying to choose a dentist for the dental needs of you and your family? Picking the right dentist can be a daunting task at first glance.

There are 200,419 dentists practicing in the United States! The sheer number of dentists to choose from can make it difficult to narrow down the one you want. Selecting the best dentist is important to ensure the health and safety of you and your loved ones. 

Read on to learn 7 must-haves when choosing a dentist for your family!

1. Lots of Dental Experience

You should look for a dentist in your area that has a strong educational background and depth of experience in the field. Before you visit a dentist’s office, spend time reading about where the dentist went to school and how long they’ve been practicing in your area. 

To practice dentistry, a dentist must have a license and be registered in the state where their office is located. Besides looking at a dentist’s website and reading online reviews, you should also visit the licensing website for your state. This website will give you a wide range of information about a dentist, including any recent disciplinary action taken against their license. 

2. Family-Friendly Environment

When you are trying to find the best dentist for you and your loved ones, you must pick one that has a family-friendly environment

How can you learn about a dentist’s environment before you choose them? Pick up the phone and give them a call! When you speak with a dentist’s office staff, ask them questions about the general ages of their patients.

If you like what you hear over the phone, schedule a time to come into the office and see it for yourself. The dentist can be a scary place for young kids so having a clean, fun environment can go a long way towards making your kids feel more comfortable. 

3. Wide Range of Dental Services

You and your family will want to find a dentist’s office that offers a wide range of dental services – but why? Kids and adults alike often become more at ease at a dentist’s office after they’ve become familiar with the way it runs and after developing a friendship with the dentist and their staff. 

If your dentist offers a wide range of services, this means that you and your family will not need to go to many different practitioners to get different types of treatment for their teeth. 

Speak to a dentist and/or their staff to have a full understanding of the services they offer so that you have a full understanding of what to expect when you begin sending your family to him or her. 

4. Convenient Location 

Between today’s fast-paced lifestyle and the demands of your family, you can’t afford to choose a dentist in an inconvenient location. When you begin a search for prospective dentists, be sure to check how far their office is from where you live.

Do you stick to the general rule of thumb that you and your kids should have their teeth cleaned every six months? If the answer is ‘yes’, you will want to find a dentist that works close to where you live. 

Besides general teeth cleaning services, you may also need to make trips to the dentist to have teeth pulled or to have a filling performed on one of your teeth. In those situations, you aren’t going to want to have to drive far to receive the services you or your loved ones need. 

5. Strong Reputation and Online Reviews

In today’s digital age, you can learn a whole lot about a dentist or other professional by performing a Google search of their name and location. This includes visiting the website of a dental practice, learning about a dentist’s professional associations, and reading online reviews. 

Did you know that as many as 84 percent of people report that they trust online reviews as much as their friends? One of the best places to look for online reviews is a dental practice’s Google search result.

What are the best and worst things you read about the office? You should remember that online reviews may not tell the whole story about a dental professional. 

Although online reviews can be valuable, you shouldn’t overlook the importance of speaking to friends and family members you trust and respect. Talk to these people about when they were treated by a dentist and what their experience was like. What did they like most about the dentist and their office staff? What did they like the least?

The answers to these questions will help you have a clearer idea of what to expect if you also choose to have your family treat with that dental office. 

6. Affordable Costs and Accepts Insurance

As you narrow down the list of prospective dentist offices, take note of the costs of dental treatment and whether that office accepts dental insurance. Did you know that not all dentists accept dental insurance? Even when a dental office accepts insurance, there’s no guarantee that they accept your plan.

Speak to a dentist and his staff about the costs of routine services such as teeth cleaning, extractions, and dental implants. If you are comfortable with the prices you receive, also ask them about the kind of insurance they accept, if any.

If you are in a job where your employer picks your dental insurance, there’s a good chance that your coverage won’t change unless you leave that job or your employer picks a different insurer. This means that if a dentist doesn’t accept your insurance, you may be out of luck receiving coverage for the foreseeable future. 

7. Ready to Handle Emergencies

A dentist can’t be available to you 24 hours per day and seven days per week, but they need to be there for you when you need them most. How is your prospective dentist’s office ready to handle the dental emergencies of you and your family?

It is wise to speak to a dentist about the emergency services they offer and if they are on-call to perform emergency procedures when needed.  This will give you peace of mind that the emergency needs of you and your family will be addressed efficiently when you need them most.

Wrapping Up: Finding Your Family Dentist

The best family dentist is the one that checks all the boxes for the services you want and that offers them in a convenient location.

By spending time reading about your options and meeting with many dentists in your area at the front end of your search, you will have more confidence in the end that you are making the best decision for your family.

At Forest Park Dental, we are a team of dedicated and experienced professionals with a focus on the needs of our patients, young and old. Dr. Eric J. Aubert, DMD has been a St. Louis dentist since 1986 and cares about the safety and health of each patient. 

Contact Forest Park Dental today to learn more about our dental services and how we will serve the needs of your family!

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