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How to Choose the Right Dentist For You

There are almost 200,000 dentists in the United States. That’s a huge number! It’s no wonder so many people are overwhelmed trying to find the right provider to take care of their family. Don’t be overwhelmed—we have a few thoughts that might make your dentist decision easier.

How Are Their Referrals and Recommendations?

Reach out to your connections. Talk to your doctor, family, coworkers, and friends to get an idea of who they use for their dentist. If you are moving to a new area and don’t know many people, try asking your current dental office for a recommendation.

How Are Their Online Ratings?

These days, you can tell what people think of an office, just by Googling them. People will leave ratings and comments that outline their experience at a particular office. This is fantastic, especially if you have specific concerns about your visit.

Give Them A Call!

How is their customer service? Do they take the time to answer your questions, address your concerns, and sound like they enjoy speaking with you? The first impression, even if taken over a phone call, says a lot about their office. Make sure the receptionist/scheduler is kind and happy. If that person loves her jobs, odds are they work in a pretty positive environment!

Location, Location, Location

How accessible is the office you are interested in trying out? If it is close to your home and workplace, maybe it should earn bonus points! This will increase your flexibility when scheduling appointments. Also, take into account when you can schedule those appointments. If the office is open on days you don’t work, even better.


Try meeting the prospective dentist for a consultation. If you have a list of several prospective dentists, it is definitely a good idea to call or visit a few of them before making an actual appointment. This is a good time to find out which dental procedures they can complete in the office and which they prefer to refer out.

Evaluate Your Visit

If you schedule an initial appointment with a dentist, conduct an unbiased evaluation during and afterward. Was the office clean and tidy? Check to see how they handled your private dental and medical history and whether or not the office seemed to be child-friendly. Also, consider if the location and hours of operation were convenient for your lifestyle.

After all of the research and investigating you have done to find the perfect dental office, think about this: how would you feel about recommending this office to your loved ones? Is this a person you would feel comfortable taking care of your family? If so, then I’d say you are in good hands. Speaking of good hands, give our Eagle Rock Dental Care Rexburg office a call or schedule an appointment online today!


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