Finding a Dentist

What should I look for when choosing a dentist?

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You may wish to consider several dentists before making your decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine if this is the right dentist for you. Consider the following:

  • Is the appointment schedule convenient for you?

  • Is the office easy to get to from your home or job?

  • Does the office appear to be clean, neat and orderly?

  • Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?

  • Does the dentist explain techniques that will help you prevent dental health problems? Is dental health instruction provided?

  • Are special arrangements made for handling emergencies outside of office hours? (Most dentists make arrangements with a colleague or emergency referral service if they are unable to tend to emergencies.)

  • Is information provided about fees and payment plans before treatment is scheduled?

  • Is your dentist a member of the American Dental Association and NYSDA? All ADA member dentists voluntarily agree to abide by the high ethical standards reflected in the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct as a condition of their membership.

You and your dentist are partners in maintaining your oral health. Take time to ask questions and take notes if that will help you remember your dentist's advice. 

From the American Dental Association

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