How to Find the Right Dentist for Your Family

by | Jan 6, 2015 | Blog

Finding a new dentist for your family can be difficult, especially if you’ve recently moved into a new home. It’s not that there aren’t plenty of dentists out there to choose from, but that you need to find one that is compatible with your needs. Fortunately, these helpful tips will help you find a North Andover dentist who will be perfect for your family’s needs.

Ask Around

We may be living in an age where practically all of our questions can be answered with a Google search, word of mouth advertising is still the best way to find a family dentist. Some of your friends and family members may be able to recommend a good dentist, as can your primary physician. You can even ask your previous dentist if there are any good North Andover dentists they can recommend.

Do Your Own Research

Recommendations from people you trust will put you on the right path to finding a new dentist, but you should still do some research on your own online. When you think you’ve found a dentist you like, look them up on Google or Yelp to see if you can learn anything else. Most dental practices will have their own website as well, so don’t forget those sites as good sources of information.

Consider the Specifics

There is a lot of specific information you need to consider when choosing a new dentist. You need to make sure that any dentist you visit will accept your health insurance, you need to know what kinds of procedures they can perform and what kind of anesthesia is used, and you need to make sure that the office is in a location that is convenient for you. Having a new primary dentist won’t do a lot of good if you can’t schedule an appointment because the office is in a bad location. Many of these specific facts won’t come to light until you speak with the dentist, which brings us to our last word of advice…

Schedule a Meeting with a New Dentist

Like most medical professionals, a dentist will be able to schedule a consultation with you before you make your first appointment. There is a lot that can be learned from a face-to-face meeting with a dentist, even when no cleanings or treatments are given. Take some time during your initial meeting to ask any questions or address any concerns that you may have.

The most important thing to remember when looking for a new dentist is that not all dentists are the same. Most good dentists who are a part of the American Dental Association or some other professional organization will be “good” dentists, but that won’t necessarily mean that they will be right for your family. Choosing the right dentist is important, so make sure you take some time to make the right decision.