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How to Find a New Dentist

Tips for Finding a Dentist


Updated: September 14, 2007

Whether you’re moving to a new area, or just want to find a new dentist, these tips can help make the process of finding a good dentist less difficult.

If you are moving to a new location, check with your current dentist to see if he/she can give you a referral for a dentist in the area where you will be relocating.

If you are looking for a new dentist in your current area, good sources to ask for referrals are:

  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Co workers
  • Church members
  • Your physician
  • Your pharmacist
  • Neighbors

You can also check the online dentist directories to find out information, addresses and phone numbers of dentists in your area or the area in which you are interested in.

Be sure to make a list of questions to ask a potential new dentist that are important to you. Some important factors to consider when looking for a new dentist might be:

  • The location of the dental office
  • Availability of appointment times and office hours
  • After hours emergency care
  • Is the dentist a member of a state or national dental society?

Of course, these are just a few factors to consider. Take your time and write down what is important to you. You also might have to visit several dentists before you find one that you are comfortable with, but there is nothing wrong with that.

Finding a new dentist is something to take seriously and it is also completely acceptable to change dentists if you are not happy with your current one.

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