How to Choose the Right Dentist
The team at Ritter and Ramsey provides General and Cosmetic Dentistry services in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and all of Palm Beach County, Florida.
So, you’ve made the decision to go to the dentist. Awesome! The hardest part is out of the way. Now, you’ll need to consider which dentist you’d like to go to. When you search for dentists in your area, it’s likely that you’ll find a relatively large selection—all with their different prices, specialties, ratings and more. To make sure you pick the right dentist, there are some basic things that you are going to want to consider. I’m going to outline those for you now…
Insurance and Cost
One of the biggest things in the way between you and the dental services that you require is money. As awesome as it would be to walk into the dentist’s office to receive a free cleaning, this simply isn’t the system that we have available. Instead, you are going to want to consider the cost, and whether or not you have dental insurance. Luckily, basic dental insurance is pretty inexpensive, and can be found for under $20 a month in a variety of different areas! This may require you to pick certain dentists within network, though. Still, if you try to pay out-of- pocket, most services are going to cost you a few hundred dollars or more. This is why you are going to want to get insurance, and find a provider that is available with the plan you chose.
We live in a time where everything from restaurants to dry cleaners have ratings available online. Because of this, you’ll easily be able to find different ratings and reviews for just about any dentist or dental office that you choose. By giving a look at the ratings and what others have had to say, you can avoid a lot of hassle dealing with a dental office or dentist that is less than ideal.
Hours and Location
Even when you find a dentist that is within your network and has good reviews, you still may hit a wall when it comes to hours and the location of the dentist’s office. You’ll want to make sure that you find a dentist that is a reasonable distance away, and has office hours that fit your schedule. If you can avoid it, you’ll probably want to avoid using your sick time to go to the dentist.
Licensing and Training
This may seem pretty basic, but it’s still something that you’ll want to consider when choosing your dentist. As rare as it is, there are people that try to practice all sorts of medicine without the proper licensing and training. Because of this, you’ll want to be extra diligent and check your state’s dental board’s website to make sure that your dentist is properly licensed.
You’ll also want to make sure that everyone working at the dentist’s office knows what they are talking about, and that they are qualified to work there are well. After all, you’ll want to get a straight answer when you ask an important question.
With these things in mind, you’ll be able to find the perfect dentist for your next routine cleaning or other oral service.