Visiting the dentist is like building a relationship: regular checkups with a dentist you know and trust keeps smiles shining. Should you need a filling or root canal, you want someone with knowledge and skill behind the helm. If you can no longer visit with your current dentist or if you are starting from scratch, here are three tips that can help you find the dentist who is right for you.
1. Know what you want
Before beginning a search, set down the criteria you want a dentist to fulfill. This can include anything from areas of expertise to years of experience to how much distance there is between your home and the office. Of course, it is essential that your dentist have a valid license to practice. Other important considerations include costs of services, insurance coverage, and availability in the event of an emergency. You want a dentist who can serve your needs, not the other way around.
2. Ask and research
Recommendations from relatives, coworkers, and friends can go a long way towards narrowing your search. Browse the Internet for different dentist offices and read the user reviews as personal testimonies can weed out those who have unsavory reputations. Call potential candidates and ask a few preliminary questions: what do they specialize in? How many patients do they treat? Do they offer preventive or cosmetic care? Getting information like this early on can save time later.
If you are moving out of town or even out of state, your current dentist may know colleagues who practice in the area and can make the process of transferring records easier.
When you have reduced your search down to a few possible choices, it is time to meet them in person. Schedule a visitation with the dentist when convenient since this is your chance to look around the office and get a feel for the atmosphere and attitude of the staff. Are they friendly or do they give you the cold shoulder? Talking face to face with the dentist can help you decide if you are comfortable communicating with him or her. The dentist must be respectful and focused on you without distraction.
Keep an eye out for office cleanliness, too. A general rule of thumb is if an office cannot keep their bathrooms clean, there is not much hope for your teeth. Look for organized and tidy workspaces with up-to-date technology.
Dentists Waikoloa is a compassionate group of dental practitioners led by Brian S. Kubo, DDS, in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Call 808-885-8465 to meet Dr. Kubo and discover if he is the dentist for you.