Being a new parent is not an easy task. There’s so much to do, so many decisions to make, and at times, it can seem overwhelming. With all that on your mind, and with whatever other hectic business life might be throwing at you, it can be hard to take precious time out of your day to invest the kind of time that’s usually involved in choosing the right dentist. You might already have a dentist, but the dental requirements of a family with children are different from those of adults, and you’ll want to be sure that the dentist you and your family use offers the best pediatric care, and is also really good at making kids feel comfortable, since they are often scared of the dentist. Professionals like that are not always easy to come by, so rather than just continuing with whatever dentist you used before kids, you might want to seriously consider switching over.
But who should you choose? If you know what you’re doing, then finding the right family dentist can be much easier than it seems. Really, it’s just a process of elimination, and if you follow a few easy steps, you can narrow down your options in no-time. Follow these directions, and you can be calling your new dentist in a half-hour, or less. No, really.
The first thing you do is narrow it down to only those dentist offices that are within your local area; but that doesn’t just mean within the city limits of where you live, it means as close as possible to all of the places you spend most of your days, and where your children most likely will spend theirs. This means you should find your home, your work, your spouse’s work, and your children’s school (or future school), all on a map, and draw an imaginary line around them. This is your local area. Within this circle is the only place you should consider having a dentist. Why? for the same reason you shouldn’t live far from the hospital you use: the urgency of emergency dentistry. Most people don’t think about dental emergencies, but they can be among the most painful healthcare emergencies that happen to people, and they are likely to happen to at least one member of your family. That’s why you want your dentist within a ten minute drive of any place you and your children spend most of your time.
Unless you have an enormous commute, then this should narrow your choices down to a half-dozen or so. This is a much more manageable number of potential dentists to consider, eh?
Next, you’ll want to examine the services offered by each of these dentists, and compare them to find out who offers the most variety of services. The easiest way to do this is to pull up the services offered pages of all their websites, side-by-side, and compare. Pay special attention for the services you expect to need, as a parent, such as orthodontic services like braces. Also look for signs that they have higher quality facilities, with high-tech instruments and tools. Generally, the better equipment they have, the greater quality of care you will receive. Eliminate whoever offers the least services, and certainly anyone who doesn’t offer pediatric dentistry and emergency or urgent dental care, and this should leave you with even less, perhaps three or four options. Your list is getting more manageable, by the minute!
Lastly, consult the various internet resources you have available to read what other customers have said about the services your potential dentists provide. Review websites like The Better Business Bureau, Yelp!, and Yellow Pages are great resources for this purpose. Finding out what others have had to say is the easiest way to get an idea of their quality, especially if you’re new to an area, and don’t know very many people. Again, keep an eye out for what people have had to say about the services that you expect to need the most. Remarks about how well the dentist or clinic works with children are going to be especially important to you. Search a few different sites, as well, don’t rely only on one review site, as you will access more various opinions if you search for each of your dentists on multiple sites.
Well, there you have it, the easiest answer to the question of how to choose local dentists. If you follow these steps, you should be able to find the best dentist in your area within a relatively short amount of time, so not too much of your precious free time has to be spent in the search. I hope you’ve enjoyed the article, thanks for reading!