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How To Choose a Dentist


Maybe you’re new in town, or maybe you just need a change. There are any number of reasons why you might be in the market for a new dentist.

What do you want from a new dentist? More than someone who will check you for any new cavities, and clean your teeth twice a year. It’s important to feel good about the dentist you entrust with your teeth. “Your dental health is such a vital part of your overall health,” says Dr. Cathy Taylor-Osborne, an ADA dentist based in Kansas. “It’s important for every patient to have a dental home.”

Some important considerations:

  • Convenience. One of the first things to find out about a practice you’re considering is, do their office hours fit your schedule? More and more practices have extended hours: into the evening, and on weekends. These are great for people with busy lives (which is just about everyone) and for dental emergencies.
  • Insurance. Your selection of a dentist may come down to whether the practice is in your network. Some plans, for example, limit your choices to members of an HMO network.
  • Accessibility. Where is the practice located? A dentist who is a short drive from home is great. On the other hand, doctor-patient communication is essential. It may be worth a longer drive if you feel a rapport with a dentist.
  • Crown Council. Is the dentist a member of the Crown Council? Member dentists offer a host of specialties, and are passionately committed to excellence. They are also dedicated to continuing education, to charitable dentistry, and to being active and engaged members of the communities they serve.

Your dental health is critical to your overall health, and the dentist you choose becomes an essential part of your health care team. As you weigh your options, remember you want a dentist you can turn to with confidence for all of your health issues.

Dr. Taylor-Osborne quote: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/dental-care-concerns/how-to-choose-a-dentist


Whiten Your Teeth and Help Children in Need This Month


Brighten Your Smile With Teeth Whitening

From March 1 through June 30, hundreds of dental practices throughout the United States and Canada professionally whiten teeth to raise money for seriously ill, disabled, and underprivileged children in their local communities and around the world.

This is the 19th year for the Smiles For Life Campaign, and 100 percent of the proceeds from teeth whitening procedures done during that time are contributed directly to the Smiles For Life Foundation.

Dental patients nationwide can brighten a child’s future simply by visiting their local Crown Council dentist for professional teeth whitening. As an additional incentive, each tooth whitening patient enjoys their smile brightening procedure at a discounted rate. For patients it’s a win-win: They can enhance their own smile while also improving the lives of disadvantaged children.

Have you ever thought that it would be nice to whiten your teeth, but felt like it would be too much trouble or expense? The good news is, it’s not. Although in the past teeth bleaching was considered very expensive and cumbersome, advances have occurred and times are different now. You now have different options for brightening your smile.

Patients who would like to get involved should talk to their local Crown Council dentist.