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How to Seek Out the Best Dentist

Posted on July 1st, 2014 by Dr. Nikoo Daftary

Art of Modern Dentistry Chicago,IL
 
A major reason why many people don’t see their dentist on a regular basis is because they have no idea where to look for and find an incredible dentist. Here are the Art of Modern Dentistry, you’ll find the best dentists in Lakeview and South Loop Dental that are highly trained and exceptionally helpful. To help pick and choose which one you would want to see regularly you will need to do your research. Here are some insightful tips to help you narrow down your search and find your ideal dentist.

Finding a Dentist

The American Dental Association recommends certain steps to anyone in search of a new dentist:

  • Reach out to your state or local dental society. You can find dental societies within your area through the ADA website, as well as within your local phone listings.
  • Talk with co-workers, family, neighbors and friends to see who they suggest for dental care.
  • Talk to your dentist about any recommendations prior to moving to a new community.
  • Talk with your pharmacist or primary care physician.

Be sure to speak with multiple dentists prior to making your final decision.

How Should I Approach Searching for a New Dentist?

You will be working closely with your dentist in order to preserve and maintain your dental health. You want this relationship to be a good one. As you search for your new dentist, be sure to keep these factors in mind:

  • How their office handles missed appointments
  • What times the office opens and closes
  • How easily you can drive to the office from home or from your workplace
  • The dentist’s willingness to adhere to your plans and views on dental health
  • Where the dentist earned their licensing
  • Expectations on payment for dental procedures, such as when payments are due and total costs
  • The dentist’s views on preventive care
  • Whether emergency services are available and whether the dentist is reachable outside of normal hours
  • The various kinds of anesthetics available
  • The frequency of which the dentist participates in further education and professional events

Here are additional questions you may want to take into account:

  • Does the office staff wear protection (gloves, masks, etc.) while working with patients?
  • What is the attitude of the staff? Do they respond well to questions and offer help?
  • How clean is the office?

What About Those with Special Needs?

According to the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations, here is how you should approach your dental care search for people with special needs.

  • Inquire about disability accommodations, particularly in terms of navigation and mobility.
  • Let the dentist know about any economic and health conditions you have.
  • Check into whether your insurance will cover the dentist’s care.
  • Inquire whether the dentist wants to treat and has previously treated people with your condition.

You may also want to:

  • Give the Special Care Dentistry Association a call. Their phone number is 312-527-6764.
  • Reach out to a local hospital dentistry or dental school.
  • Get in touch with the department of public health under your state or more specifically, its dental director. You can find more contact information through the ADA website.

How Can I Locate Low-Cost Dental Health Services?

The protocol for low-cost dental health services is not the same within each state. As such, it will help you reach out to the dental society within your state to learn more about what is locally available to you. You can also research clinics run by your local dental schools; the ADA provides lists of these resources. The dental society within your state can also grant you similar information.

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