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How to Find the Right Dentist

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Are you seeking that perfect dentist that you’ll use for years to come? Finding the right dentist can be a daunting task, but it’s rewarding to have a dental home. We’ve compiled a couple of essential tips to help you as you navigate your search!

1. Dental Health Benefits

When you’re doing your research, be sure to know your health insurance plan through and through as it will likely determine which dentists you have access to. Figure out if the practice accepts your insurance and what kind of out-of-pocket expenses you can expect to pay for routine procedures. The ideal dentist would be within your network so your co-pay is affordable.

2. Recommendations

Oftentimes, getting recommendations through word-of-mouth can be the best way to source the most suitable dentist for you. Ask family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers if they have a dentist they love and what they like about their dentists. You can also ask for a referral from your physician or search for local members of professional associations like the American Dental Association (ADA).

3. Accessibility

Aside from convenience in terms of location and availability, you should consider if your dentist’s office is accessible for emergency situations or can direct you efficiently in pressing moments. You might want to ask if your dentist provides emergency care and if so, what his or her hours are like.

4. Professional Qualifications

You want to be sure that your dentist holds up to his or her credentials. Each state has a board of dentistry website that tracks any claims against a dentist. Make sure your dentist is not only board certified in your state, but also doesn’t have any suspicious claims against them. You also want to assess their clinical experience and level of knowledge, which you can do by reading online reviews or simply giving them a call.

Of course, you also want to be certain that your dentist is well-equipped to perform any specialized services you need, if there are any. At Edgewater Dental Arts, our team is devoted to offering you affordable, quality care. We offer a range of services and payment plans so that your needs are met – no fuss! Give us a call today to see if we have the right dentist for you!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.