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A Guide to Finding the Right Dentist in St. Joseph

added on: September 24, 2014

how to pick your dentistFinding the right dentist can be a difficult process. With so many practices in your neighborhood, all offering similar services, how do you know which dentist to choose? At my St. Joseph dental practice, we’d like to help make your search a little easier by providing you with a guide on how to find the best dentist in St. Joseph for you.

Ask Around

When starting your search for the right dentist, begin by asking around. Friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers are great resources to refer to. Find out what they like about their dentists, what type of dentistry the doctors do, and whether or not they’re located conveniently to home or work. Utilizing your acquaintances is great first step in making a list of dental offices you want to look into further.

Make Some Calls

Once you have your list of prospective dentists, get on the phone and start making some calls. During conversations with each practice, you’ll want to ask certain questions to give you some insight into the practice philosophy, treatment offered, and overall feel of the office. Some of the basic questions you’ll want to ask are:

  • “What is the dentist’s level of training?”
  • “What type of amenities does the practice offer to make treatment more comfortable?”
  • “What should I expect during my first visit?”

Schedule a Visit

Your phone calls should give you a thorough understanding of each practice’s personality, level of training, and whether they are a good fit for you. The calls should also help you whittle down your list. Once you have an idea which office is right for you, it’s wise to schedule a consultation. During your visit, note things like cleanliness, friendliness, time-sensitivity, and thoroughness. After these consultations, you should be ready to officially select your dentist, or know that you need to keep looking.

If you’re in need of a new dentist, I invite you to call my dental office in St. Joseph. We’ll answer any questions you may have and provide you with any information that will help make your decision easier.

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