For most individuals and families a family dentist is an important health care provider. After all, a family dentist is trusted to maintain good health for you and your children, and good oral health goes beyond dental check-ups and semi-annual cleaning. There needs to be a good dentist available for handling dental emergencies as well as being able to perform oral surgery and procedures such as root canals and fillings. Have a look at Benefits That Come With Having A Family Dentist for more info on this.
The most common way to find a dentist with your family is through your dental insurance. In fact, most dental plans require dentists to get your dental care on a list of preferred providers. Your decision is a bit simpler in this case, but there’s more to find a dental care provider than just checking out a few dentists who are on a list of preferred dental care professionals.
First you’ll need to make an appointment to meet the dentist and discuss the dental care needs of your family. You will also need to assess the chair-side attitude of the dentist, and his willingness to listen to your questions and concerns. You should also assess the environment of the dental office and the attitude of the staff and other office staff.
Evaluating how the family dentist interacts with your child and just as importantly how your child feels about the dentist is also important. Although a family dentist claims not all dentists are good with children to offer pediatric dental services. Be careful how either the dentist or the dental hygienist cleans your teeth, too. Does he / she perform a thorough job and are they careful not to hurt your child or you in the process?
Your friends and family members as well as colleagues can also help you find a dentist for your family by recommending someone they know. It’s also a good place to look online. Recent improvements to local search listings such as Google Places and the Bing Business Portal allow you to find a list of local dental care providers tailored to your area, complete with contact information, working hours and even patient reviews. When evaluating any service provider, the customer reviews can be extremely valuable, just be careful of any reviews that sound like they might come from the dentist himself. These kinds of reviews are often non-specific, and the business is overly praised.
A final note on dental insurance; be aware of the difference between “accept” your insurance to a health care provider and “participating” in your insurance plan. To qualify for full reimbursement of contact services the family dentist must take part in your insurance plan. Some unethical dentists in the family will tell you they accept your insurance plan when they are not in fact a participating provider. Don’t get left holding your bag once the bill arrives!