When it comes to finding a great dentist for your entire family, you need to consider a lot of
different variables. While you want a dental professional who specializes in exceptional oral care
and offers flexible appointments, you also need a family dentist who understands the unique
challenges of pediatric dentistry and how one bad appointment can translate to a lifelong fear of
Choosing the right family dentist can provide parents with information on maintaining proper
dental hygiene for themselves as well as motivating children to take care of their teeth from a
We would love to be your family’s dental choice, and we want to make sure that you find the
right fit. Here are some things we invite you to consider as you search for the right practitioner:
Ask for Recommendations: What family dentist do your friends see? What do they like about
this dentist? Why would they recommend their dentist? Read further reviews before making a
Check out Online Presence: Does the dentist you’re considering have a website or Facebook
page? Check it out. Read about his or her education and experience. Does this dentist work with
children and adults?
Location: Where is the office located? Is it convenient to your home, office or children’s school?
Will you be able to make appointments on time? Is it out of the way?
Finances: Does this dentist accept your family’s insurance? Do they offer discounts for
uninsured patients? What about financing for procedures or flexible payment options for services
that are only partially or not covered at all by dental insurance?
Specialties and Referrals: Some dentists focus on a particular area such as gum and tissue care
(periodontists), restoration, or cosmetic dentistry. Your family dentist should offer common
services in the office and be willing to refer you or your family to specialists if they are unable to
handle your care. For instance, if you or your child require a special intervention or experience
extreme anxiety surrounding routine care, a family dentist may recommend you visit a pediatric
dentist or a dental professional who practices sedation dentistry.
Check Them Out Through a Checkup: Since you can’t know what kind of rapport you’ll have
with a dentist without actually meeting him or her, schedule a checkup. Many dentists offer
discounted introductory appointments, where you can get a feel for the dentist and office staff
and ask questions.