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What To Look For In A Family Dentist

what to look for in a family dentist
Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by | No Comments

As your family grows, we want to help by being your family dentist. From the first tooth and regular checkups to cosmetic and restorative work, we offer exceptional dental care for every stage of your life.

What is a family dentist?

A family dentist offers oral health for all age groups. The services provided by family dentists include cleanings, fillings, sealants, dental implants, crowns, bridges, and more.

What are the benefits?

At a young age, it can be scary to go to the dentist, but having a dentist who has experience working with children can make your child feel at ease. Family dentists communicate with their young patients to ensure they understand their course of treatment and how to best take care of their teeth in simple terms. By strengthening the trust between doctor and patient, children tend to feel more comfortable telling the dentist when something is wrong.
Since family dentists are not focused on one specific age group, children can grow up visiting the same dentist office with their family. Dentists can develop personalized service for every patient when they visit twice a year for their appointments, or if any dental issues arise, your family dentist is there to make immediate repairs. And a family dentist office can get the whole family in for checkups at once which saves time for everyone.

How to find the right dentist for your needs?

Ask yourself, “Why am I looking?”

Does someone in your family have a pre-existing oral health condition? Make sure your new dentist has the capability to treat them. Not all family dentists have the same specialties, so it is important to do your research on the services they can provide. Looking at their website can give you an idea about who they are and how they can help your family’s health. Also, calling the family dentist’s office is a convenient and fast way to answer any specific questions regarding your family’s needs.

Get referrals from friends and family in the area

If you are new to the area or looking for a different dentist office, it’s a good idea to ask family, friends, and co-workers what family dentist practice they use. Since you trust their opinions, you can feel assured when they tell you where they go and why they like them. Listening to their feedback will give you a better sense if it matches your needs. If the office offers a tour, take advantage of the quick tour to confirm you want to switch. You can ask questions and see first-hand that it is in a safe location, has a clean environment, and meets your family’s needs.

Do a Google search

The top search results in the maps listings can be helpful in determining how reputable those offices are. Read through reviews on Google and Facebook to see if patients are happy with the services they’re receiving at their family dentist. Based on the information you collect from the reviews, you can narrow down potential dental practices.

You found the dentist office for you. Now what?

If your new dentist has an existing website, the new patient information and forms may be available to download and fill out in advance. Make sure to review the payment and insurance policies of the office to confirm that they align with your current insurance plan. If you have questions about the forms or policies, the dental office staff should be able to answer any questions.
Then, you can schedule an appointment via form or by calling the office directly.
If you are located in the Marion area and are searching for a family dentist, give Uptown Dental a call or schedule your first appointment today!