Many people dread the dentist. When they open wide, they’re afraid what the dentist will find. Yet another cavity? Or even worse – will it be time for a root canal? Will the dentist embarrass them about their flossing frequency or their coffee drinking? Will they push procedures that patients don’t want?
According to Ada S. Cooper, a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association and dentist with a private practice in New York City, these concerns are why establishing trust
Karen Vasso, a 43-year old farmer from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, takes good care of her health. In addition to the copious amounts of physical exercise she gets while working, she’s an avid swimmer and triathlete, who’s completed a few solo 12.5-mile swims around Key West in Florida. She also has a background in nutrition and knows that good dental health is an important aspect of overall wellness. She’s long sought to make visiting a dentist regularly a priority. However, a couple of bad experiences over the years have caused her to think carefully about what makes a good dentist and how to find the right one for her.
The first incident occurred several years ago. At the time, Vasso was a single mother and her health insurance wasn’t terribly robust, so her options of which dentist she could see were limited. “I went to this quiet, dark office in the basement
Finding a great dentist you can trust is like finding the right hairstylist or romantic partner: it may take some time, but it’s totally worth it. Dishonest dentists cost insurance companies $12.5 billion each year. And if you had unpleasant experiences in the dental chair as a child or younger adult, you need to find a dentist who understands your anxiety.
Fortunately, there are a lot of competent, caring dentists out there, and it’s possible to find one you’re comfortable with. Here are some tips on how to find the best dentist near you.
A good first step is to put the word out that you’re searching for a new dentist. Ask friends, family members, and colleagues who they go to for dental care and how they like their dentist. Post on Facebook that you’re looking for recommendations.
Even the highest reviews can’t beat recommendations from people that
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Squirming toddlers, anxious parents and dental exams: When it comes to the choosing the right dentist for small children, you want a dental practice that’s comfortable caring for the youngest patients from the moment their baby teeth emerge.
Your child’s dentist will not only provide hands-on care but also educate you on how to prevent problems like tooth decay and maintain good oral health. If you’re looking for a children’s dentist office, here are some pointers:
“The first step is making sure your children start seeing a dentist as early as possible, at the recommended age of 1 year old, so we can help reduce the risk of tooth decay,” says Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, a pediatric dentist with Augusta Pediatric Dentistry in Maine, and a spokesperson with the American Dental Association.
Make Regular Dental Visits
Seeing a dentist every six months is standard advice. However, the right interval between dental