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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