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Finding A New Dentist

new_dentistIf you’ve just moved into the area, finding a new cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville can be a tough challenge. The competition is fierce, and throw in the challenges of your insurance coverage, your location, and the sheer volume of dental practices, and it can be difficult to know even where to start. Here’s a few tips and tricks to make sure you don’t get lost.

1)  Referrals

Sometimes the easiest way to find a new dentist is just to ask around. You want to be sure to find someone whom you and your family will be comfortable around. So if you have aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, parents, in-laws, or other family that live in the area, start with them. If you’re family doesn’t provide some options, be sure to check with friends and co-workers. If you’re employer provides dental insurance, check with your HR department or with your insurance provider, they know which dentists they’ve dealt with successfully in the past. Finally, ask your physician. Medical professionals from all disciplines do associate with each other and know each other specifically for the purposes of referrals. Your doctor likely knows the good dentists in the area and can recommend one for you and your family.

2)  Dental Societies

There are a variety of international, national, and state-wide dental associations. You can check with the American Dental Association (ADA) for a listing of more localized organizations, and then contact them looking for a recommendation. Be sure to keep in mind that the ADA recommends visiting or calling more than one dentist before making a long-term selection.

3)  Ask Questions

As noted above, there’s nothing wrong with shopping around when looking for a new dentist, in fact—it’s recommended. When looking at potential dentists, ask yourself the following questions:

  • • Are the office hours convenient for your schedule? Many dentists take certain weekdays off, or work more in the mornings or the afternoons. Make sure the dentist you choose keeps the office open during times that fit within your schedule.
  • • Is the office located in a convenient location? Is there sufficient parking? You don’t want to make a long commute to a dentist—particularly in an emergency—so make sure the office is close to home.
  • • Is the office well-kept and clean? Is their modern equipment? If you’re a parent, does the waiting room offer entertainment for your kids?

• What range of services does the dentist offer? If cosmetic dentistry is in your future, look for either an orthodontist or a general dentist who offers orthodontic services. Dentistry can be as highly specialized as any other field, so be sure to find a dentist who offers the range of services that you need.

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