Dental One Associates of Dunwoody
5901-B Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30328

How to pick a dentist after you move into a new town

How to pick a dentist after you move into a new town.

With all of the hustle and bustle that comes with moving your family into a new hometown, you'll certainly have plenty to do after you move into your new abode. Along with unpacking all of your worldly possessions, settling on a new interior design and getting your kids acclimated to their new community, there are a variety of tasks you'll need to undertake to ensure the long-term health and well-being of your loved ones. Finding a dentist is certainly among the top of your list of priorities, as proper care for you and your family's teeth can prevent a wide range of future health problems. However, finding one of these physicians can be difficult in a place that is still quite foreign to you, so consider the following tips to narrow down your search and find a doctor you can trust with your family's dental health.

Ask your friends and neighbors
As you get to know people in your neighborhood, at your kids' school and other social situations, don't be hesitant to ask for recommendations about dentists and other doctors in the area. These individuals may be able to provide a wealth of personal experiences and other important information that can give you insight into a dentist's standard of care and how he or she handles a practice.

Go through your insurance company
Finding a dentist that will work with your family's healthcare plan is a major consideration and can help you narrow down your search significantly. Consider visiting your insurance company's website for a listing of dentists in your area that will accept your form of insurance. While these websites usually don't get into specifics, such as standard of care, patient reviews and other information, it can give you a great starting point to find physicians in your geographic area that will be convenient for your needs.

Set up consultations
You can learn a lot about your future dentist by stopping into his or her office and simply sitting down for a conversation, reported KnowYourTeeth.com. Bring along a copy of your family's dental history, as well as a list of important questions. For instance, inquire about the dental procedures that are done in the office, as opposed to those which may have to be outsourced to a different doctor. Additionally, it may be wise to ask about your dentist's medical history, whether or not he or she is a member of the American Dental Association or the Academy of General Dentistry. These are great starting points to consider before you begin to delve into more intensive questions.

Study your dentist's demeanor
Many people have a fear of the dentist's office, and if your kids don't exactly have a favorable view of the place, it may be advisable to find a dentist that has experience working with all age groups. A family-friendly dentist who can make a regular teeth cleaning a fun experience is a rare treat for parents, who can help meet their kids' oral care needs without having to give their loved ones a pep talk every time they head into the office. After all, your new dentist will most likely handle your family's dental needs for years to come, so knowing that you have a friendly, affable person to see every few months will make the experience less of a chore.

Choosing the right dentist is a major decision for your family's overall well-being, but if you take your time and weigh the pros and cons of each one of these professionals, you can find an individual that is more than capable of handling your family's requirements.

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The entire staff was friendly, knowledgeable and explained everything about my care and options :-) I was nervous about my appointment and they put all of my fear aside.
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First off I would like to say thanks to doctor Sarah and her team for doing an awesome job. I have been terrified of the dentist for many years due to a bad experience, but doctor Sarah has changed […]
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  • Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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