Tips to finding the right dentist

The mere idea of scheduling an appointment with the dentist can make just about anyone awfully anxious.

You have to trust this person completely with a part of yourself.

Not only will regular visits to the dentist help to improve your oral health, but also prevent any dreadful impacts on other health risks.


In truth, the only question relevant here is: How do you choose the dentist that best fits you?

An attractive practice

Akin to any other product or service, you should have an idea of what you are looking for in the experience first.

Some practices have even made it extraordinarily clear what you can expect as you would find if you are looking for a dentist in Palm Bay FL, for example.

Their information pages and reviews can help you decide if what you want aligns with what you should expect with them.

Some questions that will be answered are: How accessible is the office from your home?

Is the office stuffy with a bunch of outdated equipment? Are the staff members personable? Truth is:

  • You want to decide on a dentist that is located close to home for cheaper transportation bills whether you drive your car or not, and to avoid an anxiety attack on the way over.
  • An office with modern equipment will probably put you at ease, as only the latest and best of equipment can do. And, do not underestimate the smallest provisions made by the practice. Let us face it. Magazines have been many a client’s best friend in the waiting room.
  • Pleasant employees really improve the experience anywhere. So, you want to be welcomed by people who will put your ‘dental jitters’ to rest.

Going to the dentist is a fretful experience already, without having to consider how uncomfortable you will be in the waiting room or throughout the entire experience.


Do not underestimate the importance of feeling otherwise comfortable with this person who will supposedly be poking in and around your mother.

Even gender can play a role here, as you may find yourself with a preference.

Let us take a look

Now, that you have an idea of what you are searching for, let the actual search begin.

Seek referrals from your friends and family.

Here, you will find more important information to narrow your search.

Having names will give you a chance to check out the dentist’s experience and qualifications. 

Also, you will be able to schedule an appointment that does not hamper your schedule or the dentist’s.

Speaking of scheduling, you will now discover at this step the availability of appointment scheduling with the dentist in question.

ADA dentist and director of Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Bureau of Oral Health, Dr. Cathy Taylor-Osbourne, suggests scheduling consultation time with the dentist prior to scheduling an appointment.

With this, you will be able to gauge how cozy the office really is.

Moreover, you will learn whether they are offering all the services you require.

Many practices offer almost all the dental services you will ever need, but it is rare to find one that truly offers all in one place. 

Affordability and Availability

Health care can be expensive, so you should find out about their fees, schedules, billing and insurance provisions.

If you want to ensure that you are in receipt of the best of your insurance benefit, then be sure to choose a dentist who participates in your plan.

Checking the availability of scheduling appointments has never been more important as it is now.

You must consider the COVID-19 safety measures being taken by the practice you are interested in visiting.

Some offices have turned to teledentistry to determine whether a patient should come in-office.

If you find yourself wary of visiting the office, then maybe this is your best option.

However, if you definitely intend to go in-office, then you should be aware of some precautions you should not only be aware of, but ensure are being followed at the office for your safety and well-being. 

Here are a few essential precautions you will want to be in place:

  1. The team at the practice must be educated about and trained in the protocols. 
  2. Social distancing must be observed. Only necessary persons should accompany you into the office.
  3. Upon entry, as with several other places, provisions must be made for you to sanitize and wash your hands.
  4. A screen for signs and symptoms for COVID-19 should be administered to you and every other client entering the office.


Million-dollar tip: Find an ADA dentist. If the dentist you find is not a member of the ADA, then you should be looking elsewhere to entrust your health with. It is important to be clear on what the dentist brings to the table.