Top 6 Qualities of a Good Dentist
Searching for a dentist can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Once you’ve considered certain factors, such as location, hours, and payment options, you should then look at what services each dentist offers.
Here are the top 6 things you should look for in a good dentist:
- Before you make any decisions about choosing a good dentist always check that the dentist has the appropriate certification. Dentists should have DDS or DMD at the end of their name and title signifying that they have achieved the proper board certification to practice dentistry.
Having a dentist who has modern equipment and great hours is very important, but don’t forget about personality. It’s important to consider a dentist’s bedside manner. Be sure you feel comfortable talking with your dentist about any fears or anxieties you may have about your visit and asking any questions about your procedures.
Before you choose a dentist, make a visit to their office if possible. Inquire about the procedures they offer as well as pain management options.
Up to date procedures and equipment:
The dental industry is always changing. Talk to your dentist about their continued education and upkeep with current and emerging technologies and advances in procedures, pain management, and equipment.
The American Dental Association recommends a dental cleaning every six months to maintain healthy teeth and gums. It’s helpful to have a dentist who has flexible hours so that you can
schedule appointments in the evening after work when necessary. Along with scheduled regular visits you’ll want to make sure that your dentist offers good options for emergency visits. A good dentist should not refer you to an emergency room. Check that the dentist you choose has an emergency contact and a qualified, good dentist to refer you to in cases of dental emergencies.
Payment plans and insurance:
If you have dental insurance check that your dentist of choice accepts your plan. If you do not have dental insurance, inquire about which procedures may be covered by medical insurance. For procedures that are not covered by dental or medical insurance, or if you do not have this coverage, ask about payment plan options. Figuring this out before a visit makes your trip to the dentist much less stressful.
Choosing the Right Dentist for You
When you are choosing a dentist for you and your family, considering these questions will help you find the right dentist that suits your needs. It’s a good idea to select a dentist just as you would a primary care physician. If you have a good dentist already chosen you will be more likely to keep up with regular cleaning appointments and will be prepared for any dental emergencies that may occur.
Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS 443 N. Larchmont Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90004 (323) 467-2777