How to Choose the Right Dentist for Your Family

Finding the right dentist for your family is one of the most important steps to take to ensure the good dental health of your loved ones. While you could just open the phone book and pick the first dentist that looks good to you, that is probably not the best way to choose the health care professional that is going to be responsible for your oral health. A dentist should also not be chosen just because they fall into your dental insurance network.   You may be searching for a new dentist because you are relocating to a new area or it may have been a while since your last visit. It is also possible your long-time dentist has retired and now you need a new dentist. If you already have a family dentist but are not happy with the results you are getting from them, it may also be time to start looking into finding the right family dentist that will meet your expectations and goals.   Before starting the search for a new dentist, it is important to identify what exactly about your current dentist dissatisfies you. Take into consideration how long the dentist has been treating your family and what, if anything, you have learned from them. You should also determine how important health insurance coverage will be in making the decision. Also, before setting out to find a new dentist, narrow down what you want to find in the dentist and what you want to see changed. This will help you in finding the right family dentist for your needs.   One good way to go about finding the right family dentist is to ask for a referral from another family member, friend of coworker. They will be able to give you their honest opinion on the dentist’s strong points and what their area of specialty is. It is important to remember that your friends and families expectations and requirements of a dentist may be different than what you are searching for. To help get clear answers, ask specific questions about the areas of the dentist’s performance that is most important to you. If you are looking for a more specialized dentist for your family then getting a suggestion from your regular family dentist would be a good idea. Your family dentist has already developed contacts in the dental professional world and would likely know who would be the best fit for your family.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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