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How To Start Your Search For A New Dentist

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If you’ve recently moved to a new town and require a new dentist, down below are a few ways that we’ve provided to aid in your search:

  • Ask Your Acquaintances For Recommendations: Inquiring about a new dentist through family or friends is an excellent start to finding a new dentist, as those who have lived in the town longer than you will have more knowledge about what dental providers are available or know someone who does.
  • Covering The Basics: After receiving several recommendations, it’s a good idea to call and visit each office, as finding a provider and environment that works for you will be beneficial.

What Should I Ask My Potential Dentist?

Knowing what to ask your potential provider is crucial in getting the answers you need to move forward with your dental care, and the more knowledgeable your provider is, the better care you’ll receive. Below are a few questions you can ask your prospective dentist:

  • Do They Accept Your Dental Insurance: Knowing whether or not a dentist accepts your insurance is crucial, as having a dental provider who doesn’t accept your insurance can become costly.
  • Do Their Hours Fit Your Scheduling: Having a dentist whose hours fit with those of your daily schedule will allow you to avoid conflicting engagements.
  • Is Their Office Close To Home: Having a dental provider close to home can relieve the stress of worrying about a long commute and allow you to arrive for appointments promptly.
  • How Much Do Common Procedures Cost: Knowing the cost of a standard dental procedure will allow you to pick a provider who fits within your budget and won’t break the bank.

How Do I Know A Dentist Is Professional?

Learning about a dentist’s professionalism is essential to receiving good care. It’s always best to check their medical backgrounds, education, and experience. It’s also crucial to see if they engage in consistent training and being a member of the American Dental Association, as each ADA member is held to a higher standard of ethics. Finally, should you worry about a potential dentist’s practices, you’ll need to look into their history and see if there are any records of malpractice suits. Keeping all of this in mind, you now have the tools you need to select a provider that’s best for you!

Dr. Kevin H. Speer
Oak Grove Dental Center takes a comprehensive approach to dentistry that reaches throughout the Oregon communities, streamlining our dental services through an expansive reach of dentists and hygienists. By focusing on informing and educating our patients, we have pride in our ability to provide long-lasting treatments for those within the Portland, OR area.

Dr. Kevin H. Speer
Oak Grove Dental Center takes a comprehensive approach to dentistry that reaches throughout the Oregon communities, streamlining our dental services through an expansive reach of dentists and hygienists. By focusing on informing and educating our patients, we have pride in our ability to provide long-lasting treatments for those within the Portland, OR area.