Three Tips To Help You Choose A Great Family Dentist

Your dentist is more than just the person who cleans your teeth. Your dentist is an important partner in your family's healthcare team. A good dentist can help you prevent dental problems, spot oral cancers, and help improve your overall health by keeping your teeth and gums healthy. 

While it's true that the term "good" can be subjective, there are objective measures by which one can assess a potential family dentist. Use these three tips, along with your own personal criteria for a good family dentist, to find your family's next healthcare partner.

Three Tips for Assessing a Family Dentist

1. What are the dentist's credentials and experience?

Dentists must graduate from an accredited dental school and pass both written and practical exams. Ask what credentials the dentist has or look on his website to examine his credentials.

2. What's the office like?

You can tell a lot about an office by the person staffing the front desk. That person plays an important role in any professional setting, but most of all in a medical or dental office. 

If the front office person is rude or condescending, you may be too intimidated to ask for what you need — not a good situation if you have a dental emergency.

3. How does the dentist's office fit your family's needs?

Each family is different. You may have very young children at home, or perhaps children plus an aging parent living with you.

Another point you may wish to check is the availability of multiple appointments during a one-time slot. An office with several dentists may be able to accommodate a request for all of your family's appointments during a one-time slot.