Tips for choosing the dentist that’s right for you

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August 28th, 2017

Whether you’ve moved to a new city, switched insurance providers, or are just looking for a new dentist, it can feel tricky to know where to start. Here are a few key factors to consider when starting your decision-making process:

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Your Network

Seeing an in-network dentist will save you the most out-of-pocket costs.

There are easy ways to make sure the dentists you’re looking at are a part of your dental network – you can start with our Find a Dentist tool, call the dental office to make sure, or call the number on the back of your ID card. Whether you’re searching online or talking to a customer service rep, understanding your options will help you narrow the pool from every dentist in the city to a manageable list.

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Not having enough time is one of the top reasons people forego dental care in the U.S. It may seem like a no-brainer, but finding a dentist whose location and hours fit into your everyday life will save you time and hassle in the long run. Keep in mind that “close to home” doesn’t necessarily mean more convenient! Think about your daily routine, like heading to work or taking the kids to school, to help identify the locations that will be easiest for you to get to.

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Comfort Level

In the same way you wouldn’t walk into a car dealership and buy the first car you saw, doing some research before you make your first appointment with a new dentist will help you to be confident in your choice. Many clinics allow new patients to schedule a consultation before booking an official appointment so that you can see the office and meet your future dental team.

The ideal patient-dentist relationship is both positive and long-lasting. While heading in for dental work might not top your list of favorite pastimes, having a care team you like, trust and are able to see regularly makes it easier to keep your teeth healthy and clean for years to come.